UNTAMED: Life is Wild

The Wildlife Center’s award-winning public television series

Four seasons of UNTAMED are available here for personal viewing or for classroom use.

Racoon peers from the trees in an image from the series

UNTAMED: Life is Wild is a co-production of the Wildlife Center of Virginia and VPM, Virginia's home for public media. The series ran for four seasons (2019-2022) and focused on a variety of wildlife issues drawn directly from the stories of the thousands of wild animals in need of care that arrive at the Wildlife Center’s doorstep every year. These stories illustrate the wider problems faced by wildlife, among them: litter, pesticides, free-roaming domestic animals, habitat loss, and diseases. The episodes challenge viewers to learn more, and to take action to protect wildlife.

Each season of UNTAMED is available for streaming. The web page for each season includes embedded video of all episodes, along with valuable educational resources for students, teachers, and learners of all ages.


Season 1

Season One (2019) is 13 episodes long. Each episode focuses on a different species treated at the Center, including Black Bears, Bald Eagles, vultures, songbirds, and more.

Season 2

Season Two (2020) is 13 episodes long. Each episode explores a challenging wildlife issue from the perspective of a large wildlife hospital, including issues such as lead poisoning, litter, outdoor cats, One Health, and more. The “One Health” episode won two bronze Telly Awards in 2021.

Season 3

Season Three (2021) is eight episodes long, with episodes highlighting environmental issues, challenges for wildlife, and the inner workings of a wildlife hospital. Topics include wildlife corridors, conservation and public policy, outdoor ethics, and reconnecting with nature. The "Habitat Islands and Wildlife Corridors" episode won a silver Telly in 2022.

Season 4

Season Four (2022) is eight episodes long, exploring a wide variety of conservation and environmental issues, including citizen science, land management, predators, and watersheds. Each episode discusses how our actions impact wildlife and the landscape around us. The episode “Pollinators” won a bronze Telly Award in 2023.