Smithsonian Channel is slated to bolster its ‘Wild Wednesday’ lineup when it airs Panama’s Animal Highway and America’s Badlands this December.
Panama’s Animal Highway (pictured), which premieres Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT,will document scientists using cutting-edge technology to track animal movements the animals migrating between North and South America.
The Isthmus of Panama serves as a vital thoroughfare providing passage to millions of birds, mammals and reptiles venturing between the two continents.
The one-off film will also look to explore the threats to conservation to the 30-mile wide strip of land, which is now under threat from disappearing forests, rising sea levels and an ever-developing Panamanian infrastructure.
America’s Badlands, meanwhile, will head to South Dakota’s badlands to feature the life of a small town in the grasslands of America’s great wilderness as the seasons change. Through each blistering summer and bitter winter, the program will chronicle a new generation of prairie dog pups under threat on the open plains from badgers, golden eagles, coyotes and climate change.
A Terra Mater Factual Studios and Smithsonian Networks production, Mike Birkhead is producer on the series.
America’s Badlands debuts Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.