Born In The Wild

Orangutan
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 3: Orangutan

At an orang-utan sanctuary deep in the rainforest Mark and Joy come face-to-face with a super-male and uncover the latest scientific theories on how these Orang-utan kings exert their power over other males and seduce females in their territory.
We see the birth of an Orang-utan and find out what it takes to raise an Orang-utan baby.  Orangs devote around 7 years to raising a single newborn – the longest duration between births of any animal. The lengthily period dedicated to raising one child is key to the success of orang-utans and all the other great apes too – including us humans. 

At an orang-utan sanctuary deep in the rainforest Mark and Joy come face-to-face with a super-male and uncover the latest scientific theories on how these Orang-utan kings exert their power over other males and seduce females in their territory.


We see the birth of an Orang-utan and find out what it takes to raise an Orang-utan baby.  Orangs devote around 7 years to raising a single newborn – the longest duration between births of any animal. The lengthily period dedicated to raising one child is key to the success of orang-utans and all the other great apes too – including us humans. 



Episode 1: Elephant Joy and Mark travel to Africa to explore the unique reproduction challenges of the largest animal on land – the elephant.

Episode 2: Kangaroo Joy and Mark are in Australia to uncover the reproductive secrets of some of the strangest mammals on Earth – the pouch-wearing Marsupials.

Episode 3: Orangutan Joy and Mark travel to Borneo to explore the reproduction challenges of one of our closest cousins – the Orang-utan.

Episode 4: Dolphin Joy and Mark investigate the reproductive secrets of marine mammals. How do animals that breathe air manage to mate, give birth and raise their young underwater?

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