NEW YORK – March 15, 2023 – In the wild lands of Kenya, water is life; the elixir without which nothing can survive. In the breathtaking and dramatic series Chasing the Rains, viewers get to follow three charismatic animal matriarchs as they protect their families while surviving the trials of one of the worst droughts for twenty years. Chasing the Rains premieres timed to Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 at 8pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA and available to stream on AMC+.
Masterfully narrated by Adjoa Andoh (Bridgerton, Invictus), the three-part series, including a fourth “Making Of” Special that will be available on AMC+ only, takes viewers on a journey into one of the most majestic, unspoiled, and rarely filmed areas of wilderness in Africa.
In Samburu, an elephant family known as the Royals returns to the river alongside hundreds of other herds. Meanwhile in the Highlands of Laikipia, wild dog matriarch Phoenix introduces her five new puppies to the pack, while in Naboisho near the Masai Mara, new cheetah mum Kuleta faces the challenge of raising four tiny cubs in a place where hyenas and lions live in abundance. But the rains have been poor, and the river quickly dries forcing the elephants to dig for wells or face a trek to distant springs in the North. As the drought intensifies, Phoenix and her pack face a mortal battle with a hyena clan, while Kuleta is forced into lion country where the larger predators tragically kill one of her cubs. Moreover, an unseasonal downpour refills the river in Samburu and the elephants are able to return. But it’s a brief reprieve as the drought bites even harder. The elephant herd splits to make the most of resources, Phoenix is forced on a long search after the pack’s alpha male disappears and Kuleta faces further battles with amorous male cheetahs and a local hyena clan. The rains finally return restoring the land, but climate change is causing great changes here. People and animals alike need unlimited resilience to deal with the future.
As a part of BBC AMERICA’s Wonderstruck programming slate, Chasing the Rains is made by Love Nature and distributed by Blue Ant International.
Episode 1 – Premieres Saturday, April 22 at 8pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA and available on AMC+
In Samburu, an elephant herd named the Royals face a challenge when their river dries out early due to poor rains. In Laikipia, wild dog matriarch Phoenix battles time as she nurtures her five pups as the land quickly dries. And in Naboisho near the Masai Mara, first-time cheetah mother Kuleta and her four cubs battle a lone hyena.
Episode 2 – Premieres Saturday, April 29 at 8am ET/PT on BBC AMERICA and available on AMC+
In Samburu, elephants dig wells in the dry riverbed, but herders drive them from the reserve. New cheetah mother Kuleta moves into lion country in search of prey, but tragically loses a cub to the larger predator. It takes all her resilience to recover her confidence. In bone-dry Laikipia, wild dog matriarch Phoenix is challenged by a mob of hyenas. But the landscape is finally given a reprieve by an unseasonal downpour which refills the river.
Episode 3 – Premieres Saturday, May 6 at 8am ET/PT on BBC AMERICA and available on AMC+
Challenges for the animals reach a critical point as they await the seasonal rains. In Samburu, the elephant herd with two new-born infants splits to maximize resources in the bone-dry landscape. Wild dog matriarch Phoenix journeys to find a new alpha male when her mate dramatically disappears. Kuleta and her cubs are harassed by male cheetahs but dramatically retake their territory by forcing a hyena clan into retreat. Finally, the rains return, but in this world of unpredictable climate change, survival requires even more ingenuity, resilience, and strength.
Episode 4 – Making Of Special – Available only on AMC+ on Saturday, April 22
This episode offers an in-depth documentary revealing how the series was produced in collaboration with inspirational local conservationists.
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