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 ran for four seasons (2019-2022) and focused 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.

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. The "One Health" episode won two bronze Telly Awards in 2021. 

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.  The "Habitat Islands and Wildlife Corridors" episode won a silver Telly in 2022. 

Season Four (2022) was eight episodes long, exploring a wide variety of conservation and environmental issues, including citizen science, land management, predators,  and watersheds. Each episode discussed how our actions impact wildlife and the landscape around us. The episode "Pollinators" won a bronze Telly Award in 2023. 

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, Two, and Three 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!