A Sumatran orangutan mother and infant. Paul Williams, ©BBC.
Nature‘s 39th season started off with panda-monium, traveling to China’s Qinling Mountains to witness wild pandas’ startling courtship and aggressive behaviors, and continued in Australia, documenting not only the devastating bushfires that killed an estimated one billion animals, but also the resilient creatures who began their challenging way back to a wild existence. Three-part miniseries Primates led viewers on a discovery of the highest order of animal on the planet.

Nature is now in its 39th season. It’s a standard-bearer for public broadcasting, and Bushfire Rescue shows why. This is no dry lecture. It’s powerful, emotional stuff, and it’s hard to watch and not come away deeply moved by the experience.” – TV Worth Watching’s Alex Strachan

For those with a “chilly” disposition, Nature visited the fabled home of Santa Claus in Lapland, Finland, traversed the hostile and bitter-cold ecosystems of the Alps, and explored the ice mountains of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park in search of the elusive puma. Moving north to Big Bend National Park in Texas, Nature viewers were treated to an unspoiled landscape of serene beauty, featuring the greatest variety of birds, reptiles, butterflies, cacti and more than any other U.S. National Park.

A leopard mother protecting her cubs while defending her territory along Zambia’s Luangwa River proves a riveting lesson in survival. A clip from the program showing a leopard hunting a baboon garnered more than 11 million views on social media, setting a new record for the series on Facebook. Audiences learned interesting facts about the 40+ species of shark that call Hawaii’s warm waters home. And The Bat Man of Mexico introduced ecologist Rodrigo Medellin as he saves the bat population and the tequila plants they pollinate.

Nature continued to innovate on a variety of digital platforms, premiering two new YouTube productions (Animal IQ and Crash Course: Zoology).

“I’m 15 years old, and this series inspired me to become a Zoologist… Thanks also for the advice on how to become an amateur zoologist.” — Muhammad Malik Ali on Crash Course: Zoology

To learn more about Nature‘s robust offerings, visit their website.

The Northern Lights in Lapland, Finland, featured in Santa’s Wild Home. Matt Hamilton, © Terra Mater Factual Studios