Untamed: Life is Wild is a television series co-produced by the Wildlife Center of Virginia and VPM, Virginia's home for public media. The series focuses on a variety of wildlife issues drawn directly from the stories of the thousands of wild animals in need of care that arrive at the Wildlife Center’s doorstep every year. The stories of these animals illustrate the wider problems wildlife face — litter, pesticides, free-roaming domestic animals, habitat loss, and diseases – and challenge viewers to take action to protect wildlife.
Season One (2019) was 13 episodes long. Each episode focused on a different species treated at the Center, including Black Bears, Bald Eagles, vultures, songbirds, and more.
Season Two (2020) was 13 episodes long. Each episode explored a challenging wildlife issue from the perspective of a large wildlife hospital, including issues such as lead poisoning, litter, outdoor cats, and more.
Season Three premiered on Thursday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern! Watch with us live every Thursday through May 20 on the Wildlife Center's Facebook page. Untamed airs at 8:00 p.m. Eastern; stay tuned after the episode for Untamed Unfiltered!
Episode 301: From Rescue to Release
Episode 302: Habitat Islands and Wildlife Corridors
Episode 303: Animal Ambassadors
Episode 304: Conservation and Public Policy
Episode 305: Outdoor Ethics
Episode 306: Emerging Wildlife Diseases
May 13: Episode 307: Careers with Wildlife
The range of career paths that lead to working with wildlife is about as varied as the actual wildlife all around us. This episode features several different people working with or for wildlife, highlighting a collection of stories from their daily lives. Learn more about how to find a career – or volunteer job! – in this field, including the range of backgrounds and education paths that can lead people to work with wildlife. Even with a diversity of people, organizations and agencies, roles and responsibilities, a number of these professionals work together for a common goal of helping protect wildlife and the environment.
May 20: Episode 308: Reconnecting with Nature
The season finale emphasizes the importance of getting outside and cultivating a relationship with nature. While there is an increasing divide between people and the outdoors, we know that deep connections with nature are important to a human’s well-being. Why do we need this connection? What do nature and wildlife do for us? Join us to hear from a variety of nature enthusiasts on how and why they relate to nature, and how we can help others continue to grow and develop their relationships with the outdoor world.
Untamed on the Radio
Each Saturday, a 90-second radio spot airs on VPM News (88.9 FM) at 9:39 a.m. during Weekend Edition! Listen in and learn about a wide range of seasonal wildlife conservation issues and what you can do to make a difference.
Interested in bringing Untamed to your local PBS station?
Untamed Seasons One and Two are available to public television stations across the country through American Public Television. Interested viewers may contact their local public television to request that they air Untamed!