Sex in the Wild: Orangutans

Sex in the Wild: Orangutans

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm

Pictured: Mark Evans and an orangutan.

Experts in animal reproduction reveal the natural mating, birth, and rearing behaviors of orangutans.

Sex in the Wild, a four-part weekly series that studies animal reproduction in vivid detail, continues Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The series, which airs four consecutive Wednesdays, takes viewers from the Okavango Delta in Botswana to the Australian Outback, and from a Borneo rainforest to the waters of New Zealand to bring a better understanding of species' mating methods.

Veterinary scientist Mark Evans and anatomist Dr. Joy S. Reidenberg, experts in animal reproduction, reveal the natural mating, birth, and rearing behaviors of elephants, kangaroos, dolphins, and orangutans, all while capturing rare, beautiful footage of these species in their natural habitats.

Episodes depict how animals woo the opposite sex, mate, and raise their young in extreme environments.  The series highlights conservation and preservation efforts to protect endangered species, and explores growing attempts to safely control increasing populations of particular species, such as Botswana’s elephants.