In May 2019, Virginia Public Media launched Untamed: Life is Wild, a 13- episode television series that offered an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the lifesaving work of the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Each 30-minute episode focused on a different species treated at the Center and featured stories, videos, and interviews with Center staff.
Season Two of Untamed began May 21 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and concludes on August 13. The second season explores a variety of challenging wildlife issues from the perspective of a large wildlife hospital.
May 21: Episode 201: One Health
May 28: Episode 202: Wild Neighbors
June 4: Episode 203: Best of Season One: VPM’s Pledge Week Episode
June 11: Episode 204: Lead Poisoning
June 18: Episode 205: Backyard Wildlife Habitats
June 25: Episode 206: Critters Don't Need Litter
July 2: Episode 207: Wildlife Rehabilitation
July 9: Episode 208: Technology in Wildlife Medicine
July 16: Episode 209: The Case for Indoor Cats
July 23: Episode 210: Teaching the World
July 30: Episode 211: Bird Migration
August 6: Episode 212: Wildlife Research
Rehabilitators and veterinarians treat tens of thousands of wild animals each year and are often the first to notice trends that contribute valuable insights to overall wildlife health. During the past 37 years, Center veterinarians have led a variety of research studies on wildlife health, using data from the patients admitted to the hospital. Join the Center staff and other wildlife professionals to learn about the critical role wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians play in caring for wildlife population health.
August 13: Episode 213: After the Release
When an animal is rehabilitated and returned to the wild, what comes after? In many cases, we may never know, but there are a few ways post-release data can be gathered on former patients. This insight not only can prove that wildlife rehabilitation works, but post-release data can also contribute important information about overall wildlife populations. In this episode, join Center staff and wildlife researchers as they reflect on what some former wildlife patients have taught us.
The series will air on Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on VPM public television stations in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, and Richmond. The new episodes will also be streamed via Facebook Live on Wildlife Center of Virginia, VPM, and Science Matters Facebook pages.
Each Friday morning, after a new episode airs, the Wildlife Center will publish a companion guide for that episode. This online compendium offers a library of materials that support each episode of Untamed, including “inside the episode” videos, resources, and learning activities for students who are watching Untamed as a part of classroom learning.
Interested in bringing Untamed to your local PBS station?
Untamed Season 1 has been made available to public television stations across the country through American Public Television. Interested viewers may contact their local public television at any time to ask if they are planning on airing Untamed; if not, feel free to request that they do!