Nature: Season 39

Air date: 09/01/2020

THIRTEEN’s Nature Highlights New Wildlife Behavior and Rescue Stories in Season 39, Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Beginning October 21 on PBS

Features new documentaries about the Australian bushfire rescues, pandas, primates, pumas and more iconic species

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(NEW YORK – Sept.
1, 2020) THIRTEEN’s Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning series Nature premieres new episodes Wednesdays at 8 p.m. beginning October 21 on PBS (check local listings), and the PBS Video app. Season 39 starts with Pandas: Born to be Wild, which follows two Chinese cinematographers as they trek through the steep trails of the Qinling Mountains to catch a glimpse of wild pandas and learn more about startling new behaviors of one of the world’s most endangered animals.

From Australia to Africa to the Alps, Nature’s 39th season travels the globe to film never-before-seen animal behavior alongside crucial conservation stories of at-risk species. Experience from your screen the wildlife across the globe, from pumas in the Patagonian Andes, to sharks around the volcanoes of Hawaii, to ibexes in the European Alps. Witness the grueling, emotional volunteer efforts to rescue wildlife survivors from Australia’s devastating bushfires earlier this year. A three-part series on the primate family delves deeper into lesser-known species, such as the slow loris and the tarsier, than ever before. Nature gets in the holiday spirit with a trip to Lapland, a region in northern Finland, the fabled land of Santa Claus and actual home of reindeer, wolverines, bears and more.

New Nature Season 39 documentaries include:

Nature: Pandas: Born to be Wild (Season 39 premiere)
Premieres Wednesday, October 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), and the PBS Video app

Unlock the mysteries of wild pandas whose counterparts in captivity are known for their gentle image. Journey through the steep Qinling Mountains with filmmakers, scientists and rangers to witness pandas’ startling courtship and aggressive behavior.

Nature: Australian Bushfire Rescue
Premieres Wednesday, October 28 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), and the PBS Video app

Meet the people rescuing and caring for the animal survivors of Australia’s devastating bushfires. Iconic species such as koalas, kangaroos and wombats face a series of hurdles to recover from their trauma. The film is a follow-up to a series of digital shorts produced by Nature that captured the immediate aftermath of the fires and relief efforts.

Nature: Primates (three-part miniseries)
Premieres Wednesdays, November 4-18 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), and the PBS Video app

Get to know the many species of primates, from the popular chimpanzee and gorilla, to more obscure species such as the snub-nosed monkey, the slow loris, the tarsier and many others.

Nature: Santa’s Wild Home
Premieres Wednesday, November 25 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), and the PBS Video app

Get an intimate look at the wildlife of Lapland, a region in northern Finland, the fabled home of Santa Claus and actual home of reindeer, wolverines, eagles, wolves, brown bears and more.

Nature: The Alps (two-part miniseries) 
Premieres Wednesday, January 13-20 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), and the PBS Video app 

Discover how lynx, golden eagles, ibex, crocuses and more thrive in Europe’s highest mountain range.

NaturePumas: Legends of the Ice Mountains
Premieres Wednesday, February 3 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), and the PBS Video app 

Travel to the mountains of Chile to discover the secrets of the puma, the area’s biggest and most elusive predator. Discover how this mountain lion survives and follow the dramatic fate of a puma mother and her cubs.

Nature – Big Bend: The Mighty Frontier of Texas
Premieres Wednesday, February 10 at 8 p.m. on PBS, (check local listings), and the PBS Video app

Roam the Wild West frontier land of the Rio Grande’s Big Bend alongside its iconic animals, including black bears, rattlesnakes and scorpions.   

Nature: The Leopard Legacy
Premieres Wednesday, April 14 at 8 p.m. on PBS, (check local listings), and the PBS Video app

Follow the story of a leopard mother as she raises her cubs near the Luangwa River, facing a constant battle to hunt successfully, defend her territory and protect her cubs against enemies. 

Nature: Sharks of Hawaii
Premieres Wednesday, April 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS, (check local listings), and the PBS Video app

Learn surprising facts about the sharks that call the warm waters near Hawaii’s islands their home. Meet the White Tip Reef shark, Whale shark, Tiger shark and more. 

Nature: The Bat Man of Mexico
Premieres Wednesday, June 30 at 8 p.m. on PBS, (check local listings), and the PBS Video app

An ecologist tracks the Lesser Long-nosed bat’s epic migration across Mexico, braving hurricanes, snakes, Mayan tombs and seas of cockroaches, in order to save the species and the tequila plants they pollinate. Narrated by David Attenborough. 


Led by executive producer Fred Kaufman, Nature pioneered a television genre that is now widely emulated in the broadcast industry, bringing the natural world to millions of viewers. Consistently among the most-watched primetime series on PBS, Nature continues to innovate through original digital programming and a commitment to converting viewers into doers.

The series has won more than 700 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film communities and environmental organizations, including 19 Emmys and three Peabodys. Nature received two of the wildlife film industry’s highest honors: the Christopher Parsons Outstanding Achievement Award given by the Wildscreen Festival, and the Grand Teton Award given by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. The International Wildlife Film Festival honored Kaufman with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Media.

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