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For more than 30 years, National Geographic's Boyd Matson has traveled the globe, reporting on nature, exploration, science, and adventure from the heights of Mount Everest to the frigid waters of Antarctica. As the host of Wild Chronicles, Matson connects viewers to the pulse of the planet, reporting on those who are exploring the Earth, solving its scientific mysteries, and advocating for its protection.

Person in a reflective heat-protecting suit crouches next to a pit of glowing lava. Caption: (narrator) Protected now, he moves closer and fishes for fresh lava.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 101
5 minutes 44 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Closeup of a jaguar. Caption: Jaguars need wilderness, safe territory,
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 102
5 minutes 21 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Closeup of a black and yellow insect with stripes on the thorax. Caption: finds a European honeybee colony and marks its location
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 102
5 minutes 37 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Elephants of various sizes in natural habitat. Caption: (narrator) But Fay also found animals that are thriving…
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 102
4 minutes 56 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
A sloth hangs from a tree. Caption: They survive by moving slowly and sleeping a lot,
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 104
4 minutes 21 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Closeup of head and chest of a falcon. Caption: But only now does he have the bird
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 105
4 minutes 19 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Person walking in front of an oxen pulling a cart through a forest. Caption: Unwittingly, we may be consuming Borneo to death.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 106
5 minutes 13 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
A group of small, rodent-like animals. Caption: the meerkats move in on the adder.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 108
4 minutes 48 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Two people in white protective suits with goggles and gloves carrying a stretcher with a body wrapped in a white sheet. Caption: Up to 90% of people infected with the virus … die.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 108
6 minutes 1 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
A kayak is about to go over a small waterfall on a river lined by lush greenery. Caption: The kayaking is phenomenal.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 111
5 minutes 41 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Closeup of a partially translucent frog on a leaf. Caption: We need to understand a lot more about biodiversity.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 111
7 minutes 7 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Cave painting of a snake head. Caption: In their minds, all things spring from snakes --
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 115
6 minutes 5 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
A bison eats from a pile of hay. Caption: The animals will be the foundation of a herd.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 116
5 minutes 53 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Wild Chronicles: John F. Kennedy and PT 109
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 118
5 minutes 2 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Wild Chronicles: In Search of Shangri-La
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 122
6 minutes
Grade Level: 6 - 12
People walking through green bushes with a building in the background. Caption: (female) this is a place where wildlife reigns.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 124
6 minutes 19 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Items such as broken lighters, bottle caps, plastic pieces, and other unidentifiable debris arranged in a circle. Caption: (female) I took everything in Shed Bird's stomach and arranged it.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 124
5 minutes 24 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Person in a small wooden boat with a large fish across the width of the boat. Caption: It is a beast, and has been known to weigh over 600 pounds.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 125
5 minutes 20 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Closeup of the partially decayed carcass of a bat on the ground. Caption: In caves, everything is food for something else.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 127
6 minutes 11 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Person in scuba gear swimming in a cave. Caption: Little by little, they are mapping this labyrinth
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 128
6 minutes 13 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Octopus underwater, limbs spread. Caption: he's a very successful, voracious predator.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 129
5 minutes 41 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Closeup of a frog. Caption: The bullfrog has turned out to be just an eating machine.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 130
6 minutes 10 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Wild Chronicles: Wildfire Firefighters
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 131
4 minutes 19 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Wild Chronicles: Africa Through the Eyes of the Gods
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 133
4 minutes 35 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Wild Chronicles: Pyramids in Peru
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 133
4 minutes 46 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Large, flat plain with mountains in the distance. Caption: It's called the Altiplano --
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 135
5 minutes 22 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Reddish spotted octopus underwater, limbs spread. Caption: that is actually a deadly web to snare prey.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 135
5 minutes 28 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
A tadpole swimming in murky water. Caption: Their lifelong competitors take weeks to transform into frogs.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 138
2 minutes 51 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Closeup of a large black spider covered in light brown hair. Caption: (male narrator) For many, tarantulas inspire fear.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 138
4 minutes 19 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Person in a kayak next to glaciers reaching up towards the sheet of ice. Caption: (male) The Vatnajökull glacier covers about 10% of all of Iceland.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 140
5 minutes 24 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Multiple species of fish swimming in water as seen from below. Caption: Here are creatures rare and fantastic.
Wild Chronicles
Season 1 / Ep 141
4 minutes 59 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Bones of a skeleton laid out in relation to each other. Caption: In 1974 scientists found Lucy -- a hominid species
Wild Chronicles
Season 2 / Ep 203
6 minutes 11 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Wild Chronicles: Fire in the Wilderness
Wild Chronicles
Season 2 / Ep 215
5 minutes 51 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Several adult and baby pigs drink from a small waterhole. Caption: a javelina already has her piglets,
Wild Chronicles
Season 2 / Ep 216
5 minutes 41 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Wild Chronicles: Lost Boys of Sudan
Wild Chronicles
Season 2 / Ep 218
5 minutes 18 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Microscopic view of an oval-shaped organism. Caption: But for the microbes that live here,
Wild Chronicles
Season 2 / Ep 218
5 minutes 7 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Person in the open cockpit of a small plane. Caption: (narrator) The route stretches about 3,000 miles
Wild Chronicles
Season 2 / Ep 219
7 minutes 27 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Aerial view of a steeply descending hillside that ends in water. A cruise ship in in the water at the foot of the hillside. Caption: But the Santorini volcano puts Vesuvius to shame.
Wild Chronicles
Season 2 / Ep 219
4 minutes 54 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Wild Chronicles: Building a Survival Shelter
Wild Chronicles
Season 2 / Ep 222
5 minutes 55 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Two furry animals fight each other. Caption: But these devils may be in a losing battle.
Wild Chronicles
Season 2 / Ep 223
5 minutes 32 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Person kneeling next to a covered cage. Caption: they're after the black-footed rock-wallaby, or warru--
Wild Chronicles
Season 2 / Ep 223
5 minutes 44 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
A nutria crouching in a pile of brush and eating. Caption: and they're wreaking environmental havoc.
Wild Chronicles
Season 2 / Ep 227
5 minutes 4 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Closeup of a spider's web. Caption: Spider silk is the strongest fiber in nature…
Wild Chronicles
Season 2 / Ep 229
5 minutes 25 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Wild Chronicles: The Sahel Region
Wild Chronicles
Season 2 / Ep 233
4 minutes 18 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
A yellowish-green bird sits on a branch surrounded by foliage. Caption: Suddenly, these birds are being found in the lowland forest
Wild Chronicles
Season 2 / Ep 235
6 minutes 19 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Pile of dark substance with eyes on the ground next to a bus stop. Caption: what's left of you, you're about 2/3 carbon.
Wild Chronicles
Season 2 / Ep 242
8 minutes 40 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Bird with wings spread on a nest. Caption: The parent will care for that chick up to three years.
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 302
3 minutes 48 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Large fish with a white underbelly and gray upper body. Caption: known as the underwater panda of China.
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 303
5 minutes 18 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Black and white bird with a red spot on its head holds a seed while standing on a branch. Caption: The trees are used as a storehouse for a quick meal.
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 307
2 minutes 50 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
A black and yellow butterfly with orange spots feeding from a light orange flower. Caption: a caterpillar turning into a butterfly --
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 308
3 minutes 4 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
A white bird flying in the sky. Caption: Food is so scarce, this own can go 40 days between meals.
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 309
2 minutes 39 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
A herd of bison with a few young ones on a brown, grassy plain. Caption: A year later, the first offspring were born--
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 310
5 minutes 13 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Wild Chronicles: 1872 Mining Act
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 311
5 minutes 54 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Barren, brown landscape with low, flat-topped hills. Caption: This is a journey into a very, very distant past.
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 312
6 minutes 16 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Dinosaurs running across a sandy expanse bordered by low trees. Caption: This area was home to some of the iconic dinosaurs --
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 315
4 minutes 7 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Aerial view of an industrial plant emitting pollution. Caption: and impacted by oil and gas exploration and activities.
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 317
6 minutes 15 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Person carefully handling a very small humanoid skull. Caption: that researchers dubbed "the hobbit."
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 319
3 minutes 52 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Adult primate with a baby on its back swinging from the trees. Caption: The animals depend on the plants to survive,
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 323
6 minutes 26 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Closeup of ants swarming over a beetle. Caption: And they also kill each other in battles over turf.
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 325
3 minutes 5 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Partially exposed fossil in rocks and sand. Caption: We may not have that in any other specimens.
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 326
4 minutes 11 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Many iguanas sunning themselves on rock outcroppings next to the ocean. Caption: Some of the hatchlings stay together
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 327
3 minutes 8 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Wild Chronicles: Peruvian Mummy
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 327
2 minutes 49 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Pink and yellow plant with branching limbs. Caption: We're discovering that life is much more creative
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 329
4 minutes 33 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Person kneeling on the ground and reaching for an object. Caption: It's the ancient graveyard of a lost civilization.
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 332
6 minutes 31 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Seal breaking the surface of the water and diving downward. Caption: with less than 600 seals remaining in the wild.
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 333
6 minutes 9 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
A pair of white bird with black head and back and an orange beak sit in on a mossy rock. Caption: returning to land in the spring to rear a single chick.
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 335
4 minutes 33 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Sand beach dotted with rocks. Caption: His next expedition is down to the shore to observe
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 335
5 minutes 22 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Person crouching and using a brush to expose an item in the dirt. Caption: The team has already brought up thousands of artifacts,
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 336
2 minutes 57 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Person playing with pandas. Caption: China is committed to saving its best-known species.
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 339
5 minutes 10 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Wild Chronicles: Wakulla Springs, Florida
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 339
4 minutes 57 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Rocky hillside with a few small plants. Caption: this barren desert was covered by a vast inland sea.
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 340
5 minutes 11 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
A flat, spotted fish blends in almost perfectly with the ocean floor. Caption: As a result, the flounder population is recovering.
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 342
6 minutes 21 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Green plant growing underwater. Caption: Hydrilla is an invasive species on a path of destruction.
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 342
3 minutes 45 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
A horse with patchy fur, visible ribs, and a short mane grazing in a field. Caption: They were severely emaciated and debilitated
Wild Chronicles
Season 3 / Ep 342
4 minutes 57 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
A monkey walking on all fours across a tree branch. Caption: a monkey named Tessa is the new girl in town.
Wild Chronicles
Season 4 / Ep 401
8 minutes 15 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Ants crawling on the ground. Caption: (Greene) One thing we're learning more and more about ant colonies
Wild Chronicles
Season 4 / Ep 401
5 minutes 38 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
A bat hanging upside down in a cage. Caption: These young bats have lost their mothers
Wild Chronicles
Season 4 / Ep 404
3 minutes 55 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
SUV stopped in the path of a funnel cloud. Caption: By positioning himself in the path of monster storms,
Wild Chronicles
Season 4 / Ep 404
6 minutes 43 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12
Still image from: Wild Chronicles: Zuni Art Map Project
Wild Chronicles
Season 4 / Ep 412
5 minutes 53 seconds
Grade Level: 6 - 12