Sex in the Wild: Kangaroos

Sex in the Wild: Kangaroos

Wednesday, July 30 at 10:00 p.m.

In Australia, learn the reproductive secrets of some of the strangest mammals on Earth — the pouch-wearing marsupials.

Thanks to their bizarre way of reproducing, kangaroos thrive in one of the most unpredictable, drought-prone environments on Earth — the Australian Outback. In Queensland’s eucalyptus forests, tree-living marsupials — koalas — have mastered gravity-defying sex.

At a kangaroo sanctuary, anatomist Joy Reidenberg (pictured) witnesses a tiny newborn’s first steps as it crawls to the pouch, and in Adelaide, she learns how endangered rock wallabies are being saved using foster mothers. During a kangaroo dissection, she learns what makes marsupial reproductive anatomy unique.