Sex in the Wild: Elephants

Sex in the Wild: Elephants

Wednesday, July 16 at 10:00 p.m.

Examine the reproductive behaviors and biology of elephants, orangutans, kangaroos and dolphins.

This four-part series, presented by anatomist Joy Reidenberg and veterinarian Mark Evans, focuses on four species — elephants, orangutans, kangaroos and dolphins — and takes an in-depth look at how these animals find and woo the opposite sex. It also explores how they mate, give birth and raise their young in extreme environments.

In part one, Joy and Mark travel to Africa to explore the unique reproduction challenges of the largest animal on land — the elephant. Find out how females select the strongest mates, why elephants have the longest pregnancy in the animal kingdom and how they safely deliver a 220-pound baby; witness the remarkable first steps of a newborn calf.

Photo: Mark and a baby elephant