Presented by anatomist Prof Joy Reidenberg and vet Mark Evans, Born In The Wild (Sex In The Wild) explores the reproductive behaviours and biology of the animal kingdom.
We focus on four species – elephant, dolphin, kangaroo and orangutan – and take an in-depth look at how these animals find, fight for and woo the opposite sex. We also explore how they mate, give birth and raise their young in extreme environments.
Why do male elephants transform into sex crazed monsters during musth? How do orangutans give birth safely high in the trees? Why is the pregnancy of kangaroos so short? And how do dolphins mate at high speed? These are just some of the themes explored in the series.
Episode 1: Elephant
Joy and Mark travel to Africa to explore the unique reproduction challenges of the largest animal on land – the elephant.
Episode 2: Kangaroo
Joy and Mark are in Australia to uncover the reproductive secrets of some of the strangest mammals on Earth – the pouch-wearing Marsupials.
Episode 3: Orangutan
Joy and Mark travel to Borneo to explore the reproduction challenges of one of our closest cousins – the Orang-utan.
Episode 4: Dolphin
Joy and Mark investigate the reproductive secrets of marine mammals. How do animals that breathe air manage to mate, give birth and raise their young underwater?