Exploring Extraordinary Animals

On October 11, 2013 KLRU-Q features two special programs about the lives of rare species.

8:00 pm –  Decade of Discovery
In the last decade scientists and explorers have discovered a staggering quarter of a million new species, and this celebratory program showcases the most extraordinary in a special top ten. These are the creatures no one dreamed even existed, the ones which have the scientists in a spin and caused the text books to be re-written. From the world’s longest insect – almost as long as a human arm, to one of the rarest mammals on Earth – the pygmy three-toed sloth – filmed for the first time swimming in the waters of the Caribbean, and the carnivorous pitcher plant big enough for a human fist to fit inside, these stories prove Earth can still surprise us.

9:05 pm  – Wild! Africa’s Secret Seven
In this film we see the behavior of the serval, aardvark, pangolin, genet, african wildcat, civet and porcupine – as they furtively go about their top-secret activities. Each story introduces us to one of these animals, gives us a privileged glimpse into their extremely private lives and their particular adaptations for life in the dangerous wilderness, where they battle against tremendous odds. We witness how each one cunningly outwits the super-predators in its own special way, with extra-sharp senses and other strategies for survival.