Untamed Compendium

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

Check out additional videos and resources in our One Health compendium! 

 

May 28: Episode 202: Wild Neighbors

Check out additional videos and resources in our Wild Neighbors compendium! 

 

June 4: Episode 203: Best of Season One: VPM’s Pledge Week Episode

 

 

June 11: Episode 204: Lead Poisoning

Check out additional videos and resources in our Lead Poisoning compendium! 

 

June 18: Episode 205: Backyard Wildlife Habitats

Check out additional videos and resources in our Backyard Wildlife Habitats compendium!

 

June 25: Episode 206: Critters Don't Need Litter

Check out additional videos and resources in our Critters Don't Need Litter compendium!

 

July 2: Episode 207: Wildlife Rehabilitation

Check out additional videos and resources in our Wildlife Rehabilitation compendium!

 

July 9: Episode 208: Technology in Wildlife Medicine

Check out additional videos and resources in our Technology in Wildlife Medicine compendium! 

 

July 16: Episode 209: The Case for Indoor Cats

Check out additional videos and resources in our Case for Indoor Cats compendium! 

 

July 23: Episode 210: Teaching the World

Check out additional videos and resources in our Teaching the World compendium! 

July 30: Episode 211: Bird Migration

Check out additional videos and resources in our Bird Migration compendium! 

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.

Catch up on Season One of Untamed here!

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!

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