Untamed

Untamed: Life is Wild is an award-winning 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 Four premiered on Thursday, April 21, 2022!

Join us every Thursday now through June 9 for a new episode. The eight-episode season focuses on a wide variety of conservation and environmental issues and discusses how our actions impact wildlife and the landscape around us.

How to watch: Tune in weekly and watch with us live on the Center's Facebook page, or on VPM's Science Matters Facebook page. Viewers can also watch from anywhere through VPM's website or the PBS Video App. Those who live in Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley can watch on public television stations VPM PBS and VPM Plus

April 21: Episode 401: The Greater Impact of Wildlife Patients

Learn more about The Greater Impact of Wildlife Patients in our compendium! 

 

April 28: Episode 402: Predators

Learn more about the vital role of predators in our compendium!

May 5: Episode 403: Citizen Science 

Learn more about citizen science in our compendium!

May 12: Episode 404: Land Management

Learn more about Land Management in our compendium! 

May 19: Episode 405: Invasive Species

Learn more about invasive species in our compendium!

May 26: Episode 406: Watersheds
Water is the great architect of Earth and a defining factor for the location and movement of life on this planet. Without water, our world would look very different; without the watersheds which capture, coalesce, move, and recycle water throughout a natural system, human and wildlife habitats would not be the same. Freshwater rivers, streams, and lakes are some of the most heavily utilized and pressured natural systems on the planet; these critical habitats that have taken the brunt of negative human actions for years. Now, more than ever, we must learn to safeguard our watersheds for the protection of all life that depend on them. 

June 2: Episode 407: Pollinators
Pollinators are a vital part of our world and are essential for creating and maintaining habitats that many animals – including us! – rely on for food and shelter. The diversity of pollinators in a particular area is a key indicator to the health of an overall ecosystem. Unfortunately, many pollinators are in trouble, with populations declining significantly around the world. This episode highlights the importance and function of pollinators, with an emphasis on what we can do in our homes and communities to ensure the survival of these important species.

June 9: Episode 408: Wild Winter Worlds
How do wildlife survive the tougher winter months? With cold temperatures and fewer food resources, the winter season can be challenging for a variety of wild animals. Some animals migrate to different areas, some hunker down for a long winter’s nap, and some simply continue their daily activities. This episode highlights how a variety of wildlife species adapt to winter and discusses a number of additional challenges wildlife face due to their human neighbors – including issues like climate change. Learn how we can minimize our impact on wildlife in an already difficult time of year.

Catch up on Past Seasons

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,  One Health, and more.

Season Three (2021) was eight episodes long, with episodes highlighting environmental issues, challenges for wildlife, and the inner workings of a wildlife hospital.  Topics included wildlife corridors, conservation and public policy, outdoor ethics, and reconnecting with nature. 

Untamed on the Radio

Each week, a 90-second radio spot airs on VPM News (88.9 FM)! New spots air on Wednesday mornings during Morning Edition, repeat Wednesday afternoons on All Things Considered, and again on Saturdays 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!