Eight-week-old baby mountain gorilla Nyakabara, held by her mother as she forages in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. She may be one of only 50 mountain gorilla babies in the world. (Image courtesy of BBC Studios)

The three-part miniseries Animal Babies: First Year on Earth comes to CPTV on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. See all three episodes back-to-back starting at 8 p.m.!

Animal Babies: First Year on Earth, a BBC Studios production for PBS and BBC, follows four wildlife cinematographers as they capture the first year of life for six animals across four continents, navigating the challenges they face and how they overcome them.

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From the largest animal baby on land – the African elephant – to the smallest marine mammal – the southern sea otter – viewers will follow these creatures as they explore the complexities of their respective habitats. Cinematographers Sue Gibson, Vianet Djenguet, Colin Stafford-Johnson and Bob Poole cast a new light on these mammals and how human actions and interference impact how they survive.

In their first year, these infants experience the joys and hardships of life. They confront near daily adversities from rivals, the elements and predators, which makes their first year their most dangerous.

Episodes include “First Steps,” airing at 8 p.m.; “Testing Limits,” airing at 9 p.m.; and “New Frontiers,” airing at 10 p.m.

For more information on Animal Babies: First Year on Earth, including video clips and full episodes, click here.


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