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On TV - Champions of the Wild
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They're not wild — they just look that way. Join such Champions as conservationist George Schaller, African elephant expert Joyce Pool, and ecologist Dr. Dan Rubenstein, as they share share their compassion for wildlife across the globe. Through years of observation in close quarters, these Champions have developed a unique insight into just what makes these animals tick, and their knowledge will fascinate animal lovers of all kinds.

Champions of the Wild airs Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. ET on Animal Planet.
As a service of Animal Planet with Cable in the Classroom, each program is commercial free and can be taped and used in the classroom for up to a year.
Fall 2006 Champions of the Wild Schedule
October 2006
10/2/06 Wolverines — Track wolverines with expert John Krebs in his quest to protect wolverines across the globe. Based at the Wolverine Ecology Habitat in British Columbia, John has devoted over a decade of his life to studying this little-known species.
10/3/06 Northern Elephant Seals — Sophisticated underwater monitors mounted on the backs of northern elephant seals offer insight into the unique adaptations of this deep sea creature. Join biologist Russel Andrews as he uncovers the secrets of this bizarre-looking swimmer.
10/4/06 Barbados Vervet Monkeys — Follow the conservation efforts of Jean Baulu, who established the Barbados Wildlife Reserve over 15 years ago to protect the green vervet monkey. The Barbados Primate Research Center now supports this thriving sanctuary of over 30 species.
10/5/06 Rattlesnake — Scour the lands to find prairie rattlesnake densities with biologist Ed Hofman. Much of the prairie rattlesnake's life cycle is unknown, but their population is dwindling and Hofman is committed to protecting them.
10/6/06 Hippo — Explore some of the mysteries of one of the world's oldest herbivorous mammals - the hippo. Learn about their underwater communication system and the amazing discoveries about their intelligence.
10/9/06 Siberian Tiger — American biologist D. Miquelle and an international team of scientists gather to preserve a piece of forest for one of the world's most powerful predators. Only a few hundred of these magnificent cats remain in the harsh climate of the Russian Far East.
10/10/06 Komodo Dragon — Venture into the wild to explore the largest lizard in the world - the Komodo dragon. Over nine feet long, Komodo's incredible strength and power can bring down a water buffalo. And, learn the factors that determine the sex ratio of Komodo hatchlings.
10/11/06 Sandhill Whooping Cranes — After realizing his dream of flying his ultra-light plane with Canadian geese, Bill Lishman has devoted himself to helping distressed geese and cranes. His Operation Migration team attempt to set a flock of whooping cranes on a new migration route.
10/12/06 Mountain Gorillas — Widely respected conservationist George Schaller is known for groundbreaking study of endangered wildlife on every continent. His pioneering work with mountain gorillas launched a 40-year effort that helped save the apes from extinction.
10/13/06 Tasmanian Devil — Dr. Menna Jones has devoted 12 years to dispelling the negative image of Tasmanian devils created by early settlers. Branded as demonic scavengers, the world's largest marsupial carnivores were poisoned and trapped into near extinction.
10/16/06 Grevy's Zebra — Princeton ecologist Dr. Dan Rubenstein has spent 20 years on Kenya's Laikipea plateau working with the most beautiful of Africa's three zebra species, the Grevy's zebra. With only 5,000 left in the wild, he is researching the cause of their demise.
10/17/06 Moose — An internationally renowned wildlife biologist is waging a tireless campaign for moose conservation from his home in Manitoba. To get close to his favorite beasts, he straps on a bull moose head and waits in the wild for curious herds to investigate.
10/18/06 Manatee — World authority on manatee biology and conservation, Dr. Buddy Powell grew up with these gentle giants literally in his backyard. He is determined to halt the decline of the species, under siege from fishing nets, outboard motors and habitat loss.
10/19/06 Badger — Biologist Nancy Newhouse is struggling to enlist support from British Columbia's landowners and planners for the conservation of the Rocky Mountain badger population, squeezed out of their homes by development and an ever-growing network of roads.
10/20/06 Golden Lion Tamarin — At Brazil's Poco das Antas Biological Reserve, biologist Cecilia Kierulff used satellite mapping to relocate more than a dozen golden lion tamarin monkeys. With the creation of a new tamarin reserve, her group is repopulating at record rates.
10/23/06 Elk — For years, Banff National Park's elk population has sought refuge from predatory wolves in the town of Banff, leading to confrontations with humans. Wildlife research biologist John McKenzie has developed a plan for peaceful coexistence.
10/24/06 Elephants — Joyce Pool has dedicated her life to researching and protecting the African elephant. From her research center in Kenya, she reports that elephants have emotion, understand death and exhibit senses of humor.
10/25/06 Bengal Tigers of India — For decades trophy hunters decimated India's tiger population, taking it from 100,000 to just 30,000 by the 1970s. Through his Tigers Forever campaign, Anthony Marr is reversing the plight of India's Bengal tiger from almost certain extinction.
10/26/06 Costa Rican Monkeys — Linda Fedigan is a world-respected primatologist working to protect monkeys in Costa Rica. Studying the behavior of the spider, howler and capuchin monkeys, Ms. Fedigan is investigating the recent deaths of these monkeys from "unknown" causes.
10/27/06 White & Black Rhinoceros — For nearly 30 years, Courtland Parfet has been protecting black and white rhinos on his ranch in Kenya. He is credited with saving the black rhinoceros population from extinction.
10/30/06 Chimpanzees of Uganda — Biologist Colin Chapman works with chimpanzees and monkeys in Kibale National Park. He has been assisting the Ugandan government in establishing conservation programs for endangered primates.
10/31/06 Giant Sea Turtles — Peter Pritchard is regarded as the world's foremost expert on sea turtles. He travels the world establishing effective programs to stop the slaughter of these ancient reptiles.
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