EBR Main Library to host preview of ‘EARTH: A New Wild’ _lowres

Photo provided by Ami Vitale -- Dr. M. Sanjayan, a leading conservation scientist, visits with baby pandas in 'EARTH: A New Wild.'

The new five-part PBS series, “EARTH: A New Wild,” will be previewed at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the library are hosts for the event.

The series, premiering at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, on WLPB, Channel 27 (cable Channel 12), takes a fresh look at humankind’s relationship to the planet’s wildest places and most fascinating species.

Dr. M. Sanjayan, a leading conservation scientist, takes viewers on a visual journey to explore how humans are inextricably woven into every aspect of the planet’s natural systems, a news release said.

“EARTH: A New Wild” features natural history footage from the most striking places on Earth, filming encounters between wild animals and the people who live and work with them. With up-close looks at a range of species, from giant pandas to humpback whales and African lions to Arctic reindeer, Sanjayan reveals that cohabitations with animals can work — and be mutually beneficial, the release said.

A panel discussion about Louisiana’s fragile environment and efforts to protect endangered species will follow the screening. Participants will include Nature Conservancy, the Audubon Society and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.