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Yellowstone Live

Yellowstone Live

  • Premiered: 
    August 5, 2018
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  • Network: Nat Geo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Nature
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Plot Synopsis

YELLOWSTONE LIVE is a multi-day live event that showcases the best of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and its wildlife in real time. Yellowstone is a hot spot for volcanic activity with approximately 400 animal species, dramatic canyons, lush forests, hot springs, gushing geysers, and alpine rivers. Over the course of four nights, viewers witness one of the Earth's greatest ecosystems, shot by world-renowned cinematographers using cutting-edge technology. With a complex network of cameras, this series captures Yellowstone's most elusive animals on a massive scale, including grizzly bears, wolves, cougars, bison, coyotes, beavers, bald eagles, and elk. Filming more than 22 million acres -- across three states, two National Parks, five National Forests, and the most remote wilderness in the lower 48 states -- YELLOWSTONE LIVE reveals this region like never before.

In Season 1, from National Geographic's wilderness home base in West Yellowstone, host Josh Elliott navigates viewers on a trek across America's national treasure. Animal expert Chris Packham joins Elliott in studio alongside some of Yellowstone's native wildlife. In addition, roving report Jenna Wolfe is in the field to interview key people whose lives and work are dedicated to maintaining the historic region. YELLOWSTONE LIVE debuts each night at 9pm ET/6pm PT on National Geographic Channel, beginning Sunday, August 5 and continuing through Wednesday, August 8, 2018. To complement this live broadcast, National Geographic gives viewers behind-the-scene access and the chance to experience more of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem on the network's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Season 2 of YELLOWSTONE LIVE premiered on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 10pm ET/7pm PT on National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild. Returning to co-host the live broadcast is Josh Elliott, and animal expert, zoologist and naturalist Chris Packham, both reporting live from National Geographic's wilderness home base at West Yellowstone's Bar N Ranch. Jenna Wolfe serves as the roving reporter throughout the live programming. As roving reporter, Wolfe appears from the American Prairie Reserve (APR), a partner of one of National Geographic's Last Wild Places initiative partners, which aims to protect the places that sustain life on Earth, with a goal of protecting 30 percent of the planet by 2030. APR is one of the world's remaining wild intact prairie grasslands and is working to create the largest wildlife reserve in the lower 48 states. Wolfe is stationed on the ground to cover all the action as researchers and animal experts track and study bison, relocate prairie dogs into new habitats and release rescued birds of prey back into the wild. Elliott, Wolfe and Packham, supported by eight live crews, give viewers unprecedented access to prime locations throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem -- from the Gallatin Mountain Range, Lamar Valley, Grand Prismatic Spring to Old Faithful and many more iconic and hidden locations. YELLOWSTONE LIVE begins its four-night live event on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 10pm ET/7pm PT on both National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD, and premieres the following three nights at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

Boasting 25 cameras strategically placed across multiple locations, YELLOWSTONE LIVE reveals the park's wildlife in intimate detail by employing cutting-edge camera technology to give exclusive access to animals across the park, including many firsts and new features:

- Burrow Cam: At APR, an area not covered in last year's broadcast, crews employ a unique "Burrow Cam" to show live footage of prairie dogs in their underground homes. Wolfe assists the team in moving and releasing a family group of as many as 20 prairie dogs into its new wild home.

- Bison Cam: At APR, the live production and National Geographic's Labs teams fit cameras to America's heaviest land mammal - the bison - offering a unique perspective of this exalted animal with the "Bison Cam."

- Beaver Den: Infrared camera technology gives a personal look at a beaver family inside its lodge as parents keep their home safe while attending to their kits' every need.

- Eagle Nest: Using fixed-rig cameras, the broadcast follows a bald eagle family as busy parents rush to feed hungry chicks preparing to leave the safety of their nests for the first time.

- Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center: Cameras return to the sanctuary to test the abilities of bears with new stunts and challenges.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Plimsoll Productions
  • In association with Berman Productions


  • Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming USA