Around the globe, unique and fascinating species face extinction from hunting and habitat destruction. George, a Pinta Island tortoise from the Galapagos Islands, is the very last of his kind. For centuries, his species kept sailors and pirates well-fed on the high seas. Sadly, when George dies, millions of years of evolution will come to an end. Other species, like Spix's macaws, lemurs, Iberian lynxes, rhinos, and black-footed ferrets, were on their way to joining George as the last of their kind-until help arrived. We follow the plight of these charismatic creatures and the struggles of the dedicated conservationists who fight for them. Academy AwardŽ-winner F. Murray Abraham narrates. Rating: TV-PG.
Bonus Program: Frogs-The Thin Green Line - Frogs have inhabited planet Earth for more than 250 million years. Today, however, all their remarkable adaptations and survival tactics are failing them. More than a third of all amphibians-most of which are frogs and toads-have already been lost. Habitat loss, pollution, and a human population that has doubled in the past fifty years have set the stage for their diminished numbers. And now, a fungus called chytrid has been found as a major culprit, but so far the spread of the fungus has been unstoppable. Scientists are finding that chemical compounds within frogs' skins can be used to treat pain and block infections, and are even being explored as HIV treatments. The race is on to stem the tide-before the next frog crosses the thin, green line. Emmy award-winning filmmaker Allison Argo narrates. Rating: TV-PG.