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Sex in the Wild

This four-part series, presented by anatomist Joy Reidenberg and veterinarian Mark Evans, examines the reproductive behaviors and biology of four species, elephants, orangutans, kangaroos and dolphins, and takes an in-depth look at how these animals find and woo the opposite sex. It also explores how they mate, give birth and raise their young in extreme environments.

Dolphins

54m 51s

Joy and Mark investigate the reproductive secrets of marine mammals to learn how animals that breathe air manage to mate, give birth and raise their young underwater. Witness a dolphin birth, explore the difficulties of breastfeeding underwater and learn how dolphin and whale young avoid predatory killer whales.

Episodes

  • Dolphins: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Dolphins

    S1 E4 - 54m 51s

    Joy and Mark investigate the reproductive secrets of marine mammals to learn how animals that breathe air manage to mate, give birth and raise their young underwater. Witness a dolphin birth, explore the difficulties of breastfeeding underwater and learn how dolphin and whale young avoid predatory killer whales.

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    Kangaroos

    S1 E3 - 55m 21s

    In Australia, Joy and Mark uncover the reproductive secrets of some of the strangest mammals on Earth — the pouch-wearing marsupials. Thanks to their bizarre way of reproducing, kangaroos thrive in one of the most unpredictable, drought-prone environments on Earth — the Australian Outback.

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    Orangutans

    S1 E2 - 55m 21s

    Joy and Mark travel to Borneo to explore the reproduction challenges of our close cousin — the orangutan. The largest tree dwellers on the planet, orangutans mate, give birth and raise their young high in the jungle canopy. Joy witnesses the sneaky tactics that the females use to take control of mating and Mark finds out how males fight back.

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    Elephants

    S1 E1 - 54m 52s

    Joy and Mark travel to Africa to explore the unique reproduction challenges of the largest animal on land — the elephant. Find out how females select the strongest mates, why elephants have the longest pregnancy in the animal kingdom and how they safely deliver a 220-pound baby; witness the remarkable first steps of a newborn calf.

Extras + Features

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    Episode 4 Preview | Dolphins

    S1 E4 - 30s

    Joy and Mark investigate the reproductive secrets of marine mammals to learn how animals that breathe air manage to mate, give birth and raise their young underwater. Joy travels to New Zealand to uncover the mating strategy of dusky dolphins. While she reveals the adaptations marine mammals have evolved to mate in the ocean, Mark travels to Mexico to find out how whales find mates in the ocean.

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    A Scene from Sex in the Wild: Elephants

    S1 E1 - 4m 9s

    As she prepares for the birth of her new baby, Kitty, the African Elephant, spends a restless night on her feet, watching over her two daughters while they pass the time playing and bonding. Then, fourteen days after her expected due date, Kitty finally goes into labor and her long 22 month pregnancy ends with the birth of a healthy calf.

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