Miracle Babies is fun and informative. Five episodes examine several endangered species and explain the programs underway to insure their survival.
Miracle Babies: Baby Pandas
In the first episode, Miracle Babies: Baby Pandas, the breeding programs dedicated to saving the pandas are fascinating. In the city of Chengdu, China, there is a program underway to help this cuddly species. The experts here are called on from all around the world to assist in panda reproduction. Pandas all around the globe are rented from China, and many zoos have been able to breed them, but they are not an easy species to breed.
Chengdu experts have brought them back from the edge of extinction. Baby pandas are helped along in special nurseries with special incubators. The relationship they have with their keepers is extraordinary.
Also in this episode, the plight of the Indian Rhino is detailed as the pregnancy of one Rhino is followed – for her 16 months gestation. And in Brazil the Tamarin monkeys are having survival problems because the forest in which they live is slowly (and at times rapidly) being cut down to make way for human habitat.
Miracle Babies: Leopard Love
Miracle Babies: Leopard Love is the second episode. The Amur Leopard is the rarest big cat on the planet. It exists in the region of Russian and Korea. Through a captive breeding program the leopards just might survive. Other endangered species in this episode include the Lowland Gorilla, and African Elephants.
In a London Zoo three female gorillas have formed their own family and that makes bringing a male into the mix a bit tricky. The zoo imported a male gorilla from France hoping that one of the females would bond with him and produce a baby. They got their wish, but with mixed emotions.
And in Kenya the plight of the elephants is heartbreaking as they are being hunted for their ivory. One orphanage helps baby elephants get back on track and not only provides what they need to survive without their mothers, but also helps them prepare to return to the wild.
Miracle Babies; Koala Dating Game
Miracle Babies; Koala Dating Game is a somewhat misleading title for this episode. Yes, it does include a portion about those cute and cuddly critters, but more of the episode is dedicated to the aye-aye lemurs in Madagascar. The lemurs are facing a different kind of extinction. They are suffering from a horrible cancer that is forcing their numbers to dwindle. But there is hope for their future.
And there is hope for the Mauritius Kestrel, a bird of prey who is suffering from the effects of DDT, which man has sprayed on their island to eliminate mosquitoes.
The series is fascinating. Viewers see the love and dedication of so many people who have devoted their lives to insuring the survival of all of these animals. Through artificial insemination and captive breeding programs they are helping to save the various species, and even though many of the animals are not going back to the wild, it is the goal that perhaps their children and grandchildren will return to their natural habitats to once again flourish and survive.
Miracle Babies: Baby Pandas, Miracle Babies, Leopard Love, Miracle Babies: Koala Dating Game all premier Tuesday, September 13, 2011 on Nat Geo Wild. Miracle Babies: Babies Down Under and Miracle Babies: Flying to Freedom premier the following day, Wednesday, September 14, 2011.