Nature: Spy in the Wild 2

Air date: 04/29/2020

Nature’s Favorite Spy Cam Creatures Return, Delving Deeper into the Animal Kingdom to Capture Rarely Seen Behavior in Season 38 Finale Spy in the Wild 2

Travel the globe with more than 50 animatronic spy creatures in a new four-part miniseries, premiering Wednesdays, April 29 – May 20 at 8 p.m. on PBS

Nature’s spies are back undercover. Their mission? To go deeper into the animal world than ever thought possible. From the hot and humid tropics to the freezing poles, the sequel to 2017’s popular Nature: Spy in the Wild miniseries places even more spy creatures in the middle of some of nature’s greatest events. Season 38 finale, Nature: Spy in the Wild 2, premieres and streams nationwide Wednesdays, April 29 – May 20 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/spyinthewild and the PBS Video app.

John Downer Productions created more than 50 realistic animatronic spy creatures for the new miniseries, including a gorilla, Komodo dragon, hummingbird, King penguin, Pygmy elephant, koala, quokka, seal and polar bear. Each spy creature looks like the animals they film and behaves like them too. Accepted by animal families, these robotic lookalikes can not only film from an intimate perspective but also interact with the animals, gaining revelatory insights into their worlds as they feed, breed and fight. The spy cams even go beyond the animal kingdom, using innovative camera technology that allows a spy turtle to lay robot eggs, a spy squirrel to gather robot nuts, monkeys to play with a spy snowball and more.

Spy in the Wild 2 has more incredible animal behavior moments and firsts, while escalating the spy cam technology to a whole new level,” said Fred Kaufman, executive producer for Nature. “John Downer and his ambitious team built a vast army of incredibly realistic spy creatures. The spies were able to infiltrate all kinds of territory, from under the Pacific Ocean to the harsh Arctic cold. What they captured is unforgettable.”

One first captured on film includes the phenomenon of mobula rays “vortex feeding” in the seas of Baja California. Another groundbreaking first is Uganda’s chorus of wild mountain gorillas singing on-screen.

In the jungles of Brazil, a spy jaguar cub stumbles upon a rare intimate moment between a jaguar couple. In the mountains of Mexico, a spy hummingbird ventures into the heart of a breathtaking monarch butterfly swarm. A spy koala films the action-packed breeding behavior of these normally slow-moving animals in Australia, filmed prior to the recent wildfires. In South Georgia, a spy King penguin watches on as penguin parents, home from hunting, must push their way through a barrier of 6,000 elephant seals in order to feed their chicks.

“The Tropics,” premieres Wednesday, April 29 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/spyinthewild and the PBS Video app
The spy creatures investigate the wildlife that thrives in the tropics. They infiltrate a hippo pod, a nursery of red flying foxes, a gorilla sanctuary and the secret world of pygmy forest elephants.

“The North,” premieres Wednesday, May 6 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/spyinthewild and the PBS Video app
Travel to the Northern Hemisphere, where the spy creatures learn how animals move, feed and fight. A spy hummingbird films millions of butterflies, and a spy squirrel winds up in a battle. A spy beaver observes other beavers building dams.

“The Islands,” premieres Wednesday, May 13 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/spyinthewild and the PBS Video app
Explore the islands of the South Pacific with creatures like the spy koala, who captures breeding behavior in Australia, or the spy crab, who joins an army of red crabs on their march to the sea to deposit their eggs.

“The Poles,” premieres Wednesday, May 20 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/spyinthewild and the PBS Video app
From penguin chicks to elephant seals and wolf cubs to polar bears, the spy creatures meet and observe the hardiest and most charismatic animals in the Arctic and Antarctic circles.

Now in its 38th season on PBS, Nature brings the wonders of natural history to millions of American viewers. The series has won more than 700 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film communities and environmental organizations, including 18 Emmys and three Peabody Awards. The series is available for streaming simultaneously on all station-branded PBS platforms, including pbs.org and the PBS Video app, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. PBS station members can view episodes via Passport (contact your local PBS station for details).

Nature is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and PBS. Fred Kaufman is Executive Producer, Bill Murphy is Series Producer and Janet Hess is Series Editor. Spy in the Wild 2 is a John Downer Production for BBC, PBS and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC. With John Downer as Creative Director, the series is produced by Matthew Gordon, Philip Dalton and Robert Pilley. Jayce Bartok is narrator.

Support for Nature is made possible in part by The Arnhold Family in memory of Henry and Clarisse Arnhold, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, The Fairweather Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao, the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Charles Rosenblum, the Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, Sandra Atlas Bass, Doris R. and Robert J. Thomas, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by public television viewers. Spy in the Wild 2 was made possible, in part, by a grant from Anne Ray Foundation.

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Capuchin monkey investigating Spy Monkey. Amazon Rainforest, Brazil. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Turtle next to baby Olive Ridley turtle. Costa Rica. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Fruit Bat. Northern Territories, Australia. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Pygmy Elephant. Borneo, Malaysia. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Jaguar Cub. Pantanal, Brazil. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Macaw. Amazon Rainforest, Brazil. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Pelican flying with Brown pelicans. Baja California, Mexico. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Snake next to garter snakes. Manitoba, Canada. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Macaque in hot spring. Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Hummingbird, based on Blue-throated hummingbird, flying with Monarch butterflies. Mexico. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Bear at river with grizzly bear in background. Alaska. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Christmas Island crabs with Spy Crab. Christmas Island, Australia. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Seal. South Africa. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Komodo dragon from Spy POV. Komodo Island, Indonesia. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Iguana with lava lizard sitting on its head. Galapagos, Ecuador. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Quokka looking at another quokka. Rottnest Island, Australia. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Koala in Australia. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Underwater walrus pup looking to spy camera. Svalbard, Norway. Credit: © John Downer Productions

King penguin chick inspecting Spy Chick. South Georgia Island. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Penguin with King penguins. South Georgia Island. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Elephant seal bull from Spy POV. South Georgia Island. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Puffins inspecting Spy Puffin. Norway. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Arctic wolf cub looking to lens. Ellesmere Island, Canada. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Polar Bear swimming in sea ice. Svalbard, Norway. Credit: © John Downer Productions

Polar bear on sea ice sniffing to spy camera. Svalbard, Norway. From episode four, “The Poles.” Credit: © John Downer Productions

Spy Chameleon in Madagascar. From episode three, “The Islands.” Credit: © John Downer Productions

Three Eurasian beaver kits. Bavaria, Southern Germany. From episode two, “The North.” Credit: © John Downer Productions

Female mountain gorilla with baby looking into the eyes of Spy Gorilla. Uganda, Africa. From episode one, “The Tropics.” Credit: © John Downer Productions

Mountain gorilla family looking into camera. Uganda, Africa. From episode one, “The Tropics.” Credit: © John Downer Productions