Untamed Americas Premiere Tame, Not Lame

“You need backbone to live on this great spine,” narrator Josh Brolin‘s voice says to the audience during a particularly rugged portion of the new National Geographic miniseries, Untamed Americas.”

Tuesday’s world premiere of the documentary marvel, traveling the length and breadth of the Americas with some never-before-seen-footage, took place at the Uptown Theater — and then creatively continued at the National Zoo.

Each Untamed hour explores great wildlife spectacles and against-the-odds survival stories in episodes dedicated to the continent’s Mountains (shown Tuesday), DesertsForests and Coasts.  But these hours also featured the grit and glory of National Geographic Channels’ U.S. CEO David Lyle, President Howard T. Owens, and series Producer Karen Bass, all in attendance.

A reason to watch: A grizzly bear takedown of helpless elk calves; Head-to-head battle of Bighorn sheep; Giant Humboldt squid cannibals; and cute Puma cubs hunting solo for the first time.  An even cooler reason to watch: This series was responsible for the first ever filming of the Tube-lipped Nector Bat in Ecuador, a 2.5 inch bat with an 3.5 inch tongue that is the sole pollinator of the flower, Centropogan nigricans.

* “Untamed Americas” premieres June 9th and 10th at 9 p.m. EST on National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, and Nat Geo Mundo.

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