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Animals become wildlife cinematographers in “Nature: Animals with Cameras” – Season two starts Jan. 19 at 8 pm


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Animals Become Cinematographers in Season Two of Animals with Cameras, A Nature Miniseries

Follow turtles, sharks, kangaroos and more from their own perspectives on Wednesday, January 19 and 26 at 8 pm on PBS

 

To discover the secret lives of animals, sometimes the animals must show us themselves. Go where no human cameraperson can go in Season 2 of Animals with Cameras, A Nature Miniseries, premiering Wednesdays, January 19 and 26 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS, pbs.org/nature and the PBS Video app.

Caribbean Reef Shark fitted with camera.
Caribbean Reef Shark fitted with Sharkcam, a hydrodynamic camera.

Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan and a team of pioneering animal scientists join forces to explore stories of animal lives “told” by the animals themselves. The cameras are custom-built to fit on the animals unobtrusively and to be easily removed at a later point. In episode one, “Oceans” (Wednesday, Jan. 19), witness a fascinating underwater world out of reach to regular camera crews. In episode two, “Australia” (Wednesday, Jan. 26), see firsthand the lives of some of the country’s most iconic wildlife.

Man with camera behind kangaroo looking over shoulder
Host Gordon Buchanan meets the Eastern Grey Kangaroos surviving on the Queensland coastline.

Do female turtles feed in the ocean when they are nesting? Why are gannet populations thriving, while other seabird species are declining? How do kangaroos survive when pushed out of their environments by urban development? The unique vantage point given by these state-of-the-art cameras reveal answers to these questions alongside the scientists studying these species. By better understanding the private lives of endangered animals, conservationists can improve efforts to save them.

One-of-a-kind sequences captured by the animals include several on-camera firsts. A male koala bellows at night to assert territory, the first time this behavior has been recorded in such close proximity. Soar above an Australian cityscape from a fruit bat’s perspective. Elephant seal pups play with their peers in the ocean, countering previous beliefs they are solitary creatures. Tiger sharks dive 500 feet in the coral reef to hide and search for prey.

Koala with fitted camera climbing tree
Koala with fitted camera, specially designed with tree hugging in mind.

Nature is available for streaming concurrent with broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO. PBS station members can view many series, documentaries and specials via PBS Passport. For more information about PBS Passport, visit the PBS Passport FAQ website.