America the Wild: Wolverine King
Premieres Sunday, March 11, 2012, at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Hugh Jackman may have popularized the wolverine Hollywood style, but in the wilds of real life, what do these mysterious creatures look like and how do they hunt and travel? Bracing himself against the frozen wilds of Alaska and British Columbia, Casey Anderson is on a “mission impossible” to capture never-before-seen footage of wolverines as they hunt and interact with other wildlife across the vast, untracked wilderness. Many of the world’s foremost wolverine experts have gotten only brief glimpses of the creatures in their natural habitat, so Casey’s work is cut out for him. Putting his own safety against the wolverine’s ferocious reputation, Casey manages to forge a unique face-to-face bond with Jasper, a captive-raised wolverine, to separate fact from fiction and learn the truth about these notorious carnivores.
Video “Wolverine to the Rescue” – Casey gets buried in a snowdrift, only to get pulled out by a tenacious wolverine.
America the Wild: Grand Canyon Safari
Premieres Monday, March 12, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Peering over the North Rim of Arizona’s Grand Canyon into a mile-deep chasm that stretches 18 miles across, Casey begins his trek into the Southwest desert of the United States. Trailhead signs warn unprepared hikers of death from dehydration, exposure and exhaustion, but life in the desert is no picnic for the animals that live here, either. The plants and animals in this landscape have evolved to respond to the unique demands of the desert. Observing condors, rare Kaibab squirrels, tree frogs, rattlesnakes and chuckwalla lizards in their natural habitat, Casey discovers there is a lot to be learned from the animals’ physical and behavioral adaptations. He also has a rare opportunity to work with endangered species, including a Mexican gray wolf he releases into the wild.
Video “Casey and the Condor” – From the north rim of the Grand Canyon, Casey Anderson spots one of the most endangered and iconic american birds, the California Condor.