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The Irwin family - Terri, Bindi and Robert – are returning to Animal Planet, it was announced today at MIPCOM by David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications. Animal Planet will work together with the Irwin family to develop and produce the television projects that will bring them back to Animal Planet across the network’s platforms. The Irwin family will also serve as global ambassadors for Discovery Communications. 

The Irwin family has a long and meaningful history with Animal Planet. Steve Irwin helped create a distinctive new style of wildlife documentary and The Crocodile Hunter featured both Steve and Terri as co-hosts along with the animals of Far North Queensland. Steve's boisterous charm, unconventional style and extraordinary daring, combined with Terri's wit and composure and their amazing encounters with crocodiles, venomous snakes and spiders, made The Crocodile Hunter a worldwide hit. The Crocodile Hunter aired on Animal Planet from 1996 through 2007 and also featured Terri and Steve’s children, Bindi and Robert.  

"Steve Irwin was a champion for all wildlife and he and Terri’s excitement and enthusiasm brought viewers from around the world in touch with nature. Their passion for animals, love for their family, and leadership in conservation awareness left a strong legacy that continues today. We are thrilled to have Terri, Bindi and Robert back in the Animal Planet family,” said Patrice Andrews, General Manager of Animal Planet.

“We’re excited to be returning home to Animal Planet and our Discovery Communications family,” said Terri Irwin. “We look forward to the year ahead as we embark on new projects and adventures with Animal Planet.”

    

Terri is a passionate wildlife spokesperson and conservation icon around the world. She actively speaks out and supports conservation issues, including the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve, a 135,000-hectare property in Cape York dedicated to Steve. In 2015, Terri won the Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership in Queensland and received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from The University of Queensland in recognition of her outstanding contributions to conservation and environmental management efforts.

The Irwin family kids have not been left idle since they graced our screens near some of the most formidable reptiles on the planet on The Crocodile Hunter. Bindi has dedicated her life to wildlife conservation and inspiring the next generation to make a difference in the world. She received a Daytime Emmy Award in 2009 for her Discovery Kids series, Bindi, the Jungle Girl; co-created a series of books, Bindi Wildlife Adventures; and most recently in 2015 captivated the Dancing with the Stars audiences with her heartfelt performances and won the championship, taking home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. 

Robert, has a natural curiosity and loves learning about wildlife and the Australian bush. He earlier co-hosted the Discovery Kids series, Wild But True, which allowed him to share his passion for wildlife and conservation with the world. Robert also has recently made several memorable appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that have left people in awe of his talent and enthusiasm for animals.  

The entire Irwin family strives to make Queensland, Australia-based Australia Zoo, a global zoological destination and leader in conservation relating to both wildlife and their habitat, the biggest and best wildlife conservation facility. Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors was established in 2002, initially by Steve and Terri, as a way to include and involve other caring people to support the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife - from the individual animal to an entire species. Terri remains involved as the patron of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors which runs the busiest wildlife hospital of its kind in the world which has treated almost 72,000 animals in the 12 years the hospital has been open. Additionally, the Irwin family continues the important work of Steve Irwin, through research, educational programs, conservation projects, and much more.

About Animal Planet

Animal Planet, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the network of hit franchise series and special programming dedicated to animals and the natural world that includes RIVER MONSTERS, DR. JEFF: ROCKY MOUNTAIN VET, PIT BULLS & PAROLEES,TANKED, TREEHOUSE MASTERS, THE VET LIFE and PUPPY BOWL, the largest non-sports TV event on Super Bowl Sunday. Animal Planet is the premiere TV, digital and social community for all things animal, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality content across all Animal Planet platforms including: Animal Planet television network, available in more than 90 million homes in the U.S., that is complimented with a deep Video On Demand offering; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for animal lovers and pet owners; the Animal Planet Go app that allows viewers to catch up on full episodes of their favorite shows anytime anywhere; Animal Planet L!VE, the go-to digital destination for round-the-clock, unfiltered access via live cameras around the globe in a variety of animal habitats; Animal Planet Social including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @AnimalPlanet and on Snapchat as AnimalPlanetTV.

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) satisfies curiosity and engages superfans with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, sports and kids programming brands. Reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers across pay-TV and free-to-air platforms in more than 220 countries and territories, Discovery’s portfolio includes the global brands Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports content across Europe. Discovery reaches audiences across screens through digital-first programming from Discovery VR, over-the-top offerings Eurosport Player and Dplay, as well as TV Everywhere products comprising the GO portfolio of TVE apps and Discovery K!ds Play. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

Photo credit for the Irwin family picture to Russell Shakespeare

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Network puts animals, the show’s cast, and crew at risk; ignores requests to consider humane alternatives

“We know the television industry is better than this and would never want a tragedy to occur.” – Born Free USA CEO

Washington, D.C., June 29, 2016 -- Born Free USA, a global leader in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, condemns the CBS Television Network for its use of live exotic animals in the series Zoo. The second season, which premiered last night, reportedly continues to use big cats, wolves, reindeer, horses, and buffalo in filming. The exploitative use of wildlife for entertainment is not only cruel to animals, but also extremely dangerous to the cast and crew working with them. Furthermore, using live wildlife for television and film is outdated in the age of computer-generated special effects, as recently illustrated in the feature film The Jungle Book, which seamlessly uses technology to bring wild animals to “life.”

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, “We spoke to executives at CBS last year and were told that, if the show got picked up, a conversation or meeting would take place to discuss Born Free USA’s legitimate animal welfare concerns. We never heard back and further attempts to speak with them have gone unanswered. It is clear that no progress has been made in phasing out live animals. Zoo can certainly adopt modern technology in place of outdated practices that significantly impact animal welfare and public safety. We know the television industry is better than this and would never want a tragedy to occur.”

Wild animal “actors,” such as the ones used in Zoo, spend their lives in captivity experiencing severe physical and psychological suffering. Training methods for animal actors have been known to include coercion and negative reinforcement: a process which may involve withholding food or using physical force.

Moreover, many of the animals used in Zoo have long lifespans. Lions can live 10-15 years, sometimes longer; bears live for approximately 20-25 years. Often, when animal actors are no longer deemed useful, or they become too dangerous to be used in media, they are sent to already-overburdened sanctuaries or deplorable roadside zoos.

In addition, the use of exotic animals places actors and crew in highly dangerous situations. No matter how “well trained” and “trusted” the animals are, repeated incidents recorded in Born Free USA’s Exotic Animal Incidents Database demonstrate that such animals inevitably display their natural, wild behaviors, which can lead to injury or even death to humans. 

Roberts continues, “Wild animals are wild, and do not belong imprisoned in a trailer or exploited on a television or film set. These animals are not props, and forcing them to perform for our entertainment is neither humane nor safe—particularly when technological innovations can so easily be substituted. Given CBS’s stated plans to run the series for five seasons, we strongly encourage the network to ensure that only CGI technology is used in the future.”

Born Free USA is a global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation. Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic "pets," trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to America the message of "compassionate conservation": the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free, along with their son, Will Travers. Born Free's mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org, www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.

NAT GEO WILD’S 10 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING

 

The Holiday Harvest Features Big Cat Week,

a Thanksgiving Disneynature Marathon

and Yellowstone Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

Disneynature Marathon Premieres Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, 1/12c

Big Cat Week Premieres Friday, Nov. 27, 9/8c

Wild Yellowstone Premieres Sunday, Dec. 6, 9/8c

(WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nov. 5, 2015) Nat Geo WILD’s Thanksgiving celebration is an epic lineup of animal adventures that will keep the whole family glued to the couch for 10 days straight. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, kicks things off at 1/12c with a best of Disneynature daylongmarathon, featuring heartwarming and inspiring films. Big Cat Week follows as the anchor event, featuring Cougars Undercover, a groundbreaking special that reveals the private life of a secret predator, premiering Friday, Nov. 27, at 9/8c. The week also features three straight nights of Safari Live, beaming the wilds of Africa directly into your living room in real time, premiering Friday, Nov. 27, at 11/10c. Wild Yellowstone, an award-winning two-hour spectacle, rounds out the WILD holiday with an innovative special that pushes the boundaries of wildlife filmmaking, offering audiences some of the park’s most spectacular views and intimate wildlife stories ever captured on film, premiering Sunday, Dec. 6, at 9/8c.

For five years, Big Cat Week has delighted family audiences around the world, inspiring them to help these magnificent creatures,” said Geoff Daniels, general manager and executive vice president, Nat Geo WILD. “This year we are giving our viewers a special treat: 10 days celebrating the best of WILD including a one-of-a-kind interactive live safari experience, plus a feast of extraordinary and entertaining wildlife stories that take place from the depths of the oceans to the tops of our most majestic mountains.”

DISNEYNATURE MARATHON

Premieres Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, 1/12c

This Thanksgiving, travel the world from the comfort of your couch with four of Disneynature’s blockbuster wildlife feature films.

 

Deep Blue, network premiere

Premieres 1/12c and 8/7c

Take a fascinating voyage through awesome aquatic realms where humans have rarely dared to go. Waddle with playful penguins, ride the waves with massive whales, meet families of polar bears and seals and discover rare, alien like creatures.

Chimpanzee

Premieres 3/2c and 10/9c

Narrated by Tim Allen, this is a story of triumph and family bonds set in the African rainforest that follows an adorable young chimp with an entertaining approach to life.

 

The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos

Premieres 5/4c and 1:30a/12:30c

Narrated by Mariella Frostrup, this is a miraculous story set in the dramatic and desolate Lake Natron in northern Tanzania, where a million crimson-winged flamingos arrive to continue the circle of life.

 

Wings of Life

Premieres 6:30/5:30c and 12a/11c

Narrated by Meryl Streep,this isan intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers.

BIG CAT WEEK

Premieres Friday, Nov. 27, 9/8c

This year’s Big Cat Week is our biggest event yet, with five new premieres and a live African safari beamed into your living room.

Cougars Undercover

Premieres Friday, Nov. 27, 9/8c

This is the moving story of two mountain lion mothers raising their cubs, each trying to survive the harsh conditions of a bitter winter season outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Never-before-seen video captures the playful, intimate and sometimes tragic lives of these two families — part of a groundbreaking study by Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project. This is the most intense study of mountain lions ever conducted in the U.S., and the research raises some key questions. Are these cats the solitary hunters we previously thought? Why is their population dropping in the Rockies? The answers are fascinating and the stunning portrayal of the highs and lows of daily life will keep you glued to the story.

Safari Live

Premieres Friday, Nov. 27 – Sun, Nov. 29, 11/10c

Premieres Sat, Nov. 28 – Fri, Dec. 4, 9a/8c (two-hour morning specials)

Now there’s no passport required to go on the trip of a lifetime to see big cats up close and personal. We provide you with two expert guides who will lead the way to stunning wildlife, in real time. You can follow along with our online bingo game to win your very own African safari, and even reach out to the guides to ask questions via email and Twitter. All you need is an appetite for adventure and a love for our wild friends in the African bush. We’ll go deep into South Africa’s Sabi Sands Park and come face to face with the best of Africa’s wildlife, including lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and many more.

The Lakeshore Killers

Premieres Saturday, Nov. 28, 9/8c

Deep in the heart of Africa, three male lions are coming into their prime with much to prove. They must forge strong bonds with a new pride and navigate the dangers of this unique wilderness, competing with hippos and crocodiles, to become true pride males and rulers of this land. We get a bird’s-eye view of their survival tactics, including adapting their hunting skills in surprising ways.

Cat Fight

Premieres Sunday, Nov. 29, 9/8c

A special edition of the popular series Animal Fight Night, Cat Fight reveals the secret tactics of the animal kingdom’s most ferocious feline fighters and brings you closer than ever before to adrenaline-packed fights from Africa, the Americas and beyond. Watch lions fighting tooth and claw to protect their pride from outsiders, and tigers fighting for rights to a hunting ground. In Africa, the big cats of the savannah go head-to-head with their ultimate enemy — the hyena.

 

The Ultimate Predator

Premieres Sunday, Nov. 29, 10/9c

It is said that the lion is king of beasts, but is he alone? There are 41 species of cat — the embodiment of feline grace and power, spectacular top predators that command our respect. But who is The Ultimate Predator, the one to rule them all? They have a lot in common, including elegance, agility, strength, heightened senses, silent feet and the killer instinct. So which of them has what it takes to be a top cat — the giant tiger, the powerful jaguar, the speedy cheetah or the socialite lion? Tune in to find out and learn all about your favorite cats.


 

 

Big Cat Games

Premieres Wednesday, Dec. 2, 9/8c

Big Cat Games pits the world’s most ferocious land predators against each other in a series of trials that will determine once and for all who is king of the cats. Lions, cheetahs and tigers will be pushed to the limits of their natural athletic abilities. Our competitors go claw-to-claw in four events: the hunt, the jump, the seek and the catch. Overseeing the games is big cat specialist Boone Smith, who brings his expertise and insight to each event.

More than a television event, Big Cat Week is an extension of the Big Cats Initiative, a long-term commitment by the National Geographic Society to stop poaching, save habitat and sound the call that big steps are needed to save big cats around the world. This global initiative actively supports on-the-ground conservation projects and education to help stem and eventually reverse the rapid disappearance of big cat populations.

 

WILD YELLOWSTONE

Premieres Sunday, Dec. 6, 9/8c (two-hour special)

From the producers of the award-winning and genre-defining documentary, “The Art of Flight,” Wild Yellowstone presents one of our country’s greatest national parks as it has never been seen before. After two years in the making, the filmmakers at Brain Farm apply their innovative action sports cinematography to the natural history genre, pushing boundaries with cutting-edge camera stabilization, drone, time-lapse and infrared technologies. The result is an all-access look at Yellowstone’s stunning animals and vistas. This is natural history 2.0.

Wild Yellowstone kicks off a cross-network celebration of the centennial of America’s national parks, which will continue on sister network National Geographic Channel with eight hours of premiere park programming throughout 2016.

Wild Yellowstone employs a contemporary shooting and editing style that combines the highest production values in blue-chip natural history with cutting-edge technology and a fresh, contemporary score. Cinematographers were encouraged to take the camera off the tripod and look for new and unexpected camera angles to reveal an immersive side of nature.

The Wild Yellowstone team camped out for a year capturing a cauldron of gripping animal dramas. The two-hour event includes a visit in summer and in freezing winter, an extraordinary world of fire and ice, ever changing and always testing its animal inhabitants.

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About Nat Geo WILD

For more than 30 years, National Geographic has been the leader in wildlife programming. The networks Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo WILD HD, launched in 2010, offer intimate encounters with nature’s ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of land, sea and air that draw upon the cutting-edge work of the many explorers, filmmakers and scientists of the National Geographic Society. Part of the National Geographic Channels US, based in Washington, D.C., the networks are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. In 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) debuted, and 10 years later, Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with Nat Geo WILD currently available in over 58 million U.S. homes. Globally, Nat Geo WILD is available in more than 120 million homes in 90 countries and 28 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com.

 
 

New TV Casting: Pet & Animal Experts - PET TALK

 

PET TALK

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We are looking for: Doctors of Veterinary Medicine, Scientists, Behaviorists, Entrepreneurs, Writers, Groomers, Chefs with extensive pet and general animal knowledge.

Ideal candidates have a dynamic personality for a unique, groundbreaking series that directly addresses important topics affecting domestic pets, farm animals and exotics.

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"Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport" Will Celebrate Shelter Underdogs and Animal Adoption

NEW YORK, NY—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is one of three animal welfare organizations nationwide to be featured in this weekend’s primetime television special “Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport,” which will showcase the special appeal of shelter pets. The program will air locally on NBC® 4 New York on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7 p.m. ET and on NBC Owned Television Stations and NECN.  Viewers in other markets should check their local listings for airtimes. 
With the help of beloved actress and comedian Betty White, Olympic superstar skier Lindsey Vonn, singer Emmylou Harris and other celebrities, the half-hour special will highlight adoption centers from around the country on a search for the country’s most loveable rescue dogs. NBC correspondent, award-winning animal advocate and author Jill Rappaport is the creator, executive producer and host. 
“Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport” features categories of dogs often overlooked for adoption such as seniors, pit bulls, mutts and three-legged dogs. At each shelter, these canines will be judged by celebrity animal advocates including: journalist and host of HBO’s® Real Sports Bryant Gumbel and wife and author Hilary Gumbel at Main Line Animal Rescue® in Pennsylvania; teen actor Lou Wegner at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in California; and singer/actress Bernadette Peters at the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City. One dog from each shelter will be named “Best in Shelter” and rewarded with a year’s supply of a food-filled care package from show sponsor Blue Buffalo.
“Shelter pets should be celebrated and protected, regardless of the circumstances that put them in peril,” said ASPCA President & CEO Matthew Bershadker. "The ASPCA segment features three pit bull-type dogs who were brought to the ASPCA by the NYPD and were rehabilitated and cared for by our staff so that they could be adopted into loving homes.”
Bershadker added: "Jill shares our passion for helping animal victims of cruelty and homelessness find homes, and I have no doubt this program will help save the lives of the many loving and loyal dogs--just like the ones featured--at nearby shelters."
“This show is about saving lives and finding them ALL forever loving homes,” said Jill Rappaport. “It has been my dream for years to do a show that shines a light on the plight of shelter animals, and the wonderful heart and souls they possess!”
Subaru of America, Inc., show sponsor and ASPCA Corporate Partner, has also been a long-standing supporter of animal causes. 
"Since 2007, Subaru has donated $12 million to the ASPCA and organized over 1,200 adoption events at animal shelters and at Subaru retailers nationwide,” said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “Animal welfare is an important part of the Subaru brand and we are very proud to support Jill's mission to raise awareness for rescue dogs, especially those under-rescued animals featured in Best In Shelter."
The ASPCA estimates that of the approximately 7.6 million pets who enter animal shelters each year, approximately 2.7 million are euthanized.
About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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KRISTIN ALLEN

Wildlife Rehabilitator

Kristin Allen is a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. She rescues orphaned, sick, displaced, or injured wild animals. Kristin houses them and arranges for veterinary medical care with the goal of releasing them back to their natural habitat. She has cared for hundreds of animals over the years.

For Kristin, rehabbing is a family affair. Her children, Adrienne, Grant, Madeline, and Sophia, are all animal lovers and help with everything from feedings to vaccinations to cage cleaning. Her husband John is a pro at bottle washing.

Kristin has completed coursework with the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council and has held her wildlife rehabilitation permit for the last three years. In 2014 she was added under a federal raptor permit with the Western Kentucky Raptor Center. When she isn't tied up with animals, Kristin can be found in her studio, where she has run a successful photography business for over a decade. 

Kristin has a degree in elementary education from the University of Southern Indiana.

Bandit Patrol Description

Bandit Patrol Premieres Saturday, January 17 10/9 C on Nat Geo WILD

Meet the everyday heroes who rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured and orphaned wild animals in Western Kentucky. These state-licensed volunteers answer emergency calls day and night to provide the best care for each species. For these dedicated individuals, the animals come first, despite the constant sacrifice of time, money, and sleep. The ultimate goal is to return the animals back to the wild, where they belong. Along the way, they must strike a delicate balance between up-close care and doing everything in their power to ensure the animal remains wild. From abandoned owls, to aggressive raccoons, to ailing raptors, these are the rescuers who make sure our wild animals remain safe.

For these dedicated individuals, the animals come first— despite the constant sacrifice of time, money, and sleep—with the ultimate goal of one day returning them back into the wild, where they belong. Along the way, we will see the delicate balance these women and men must strike with each animal, providing up-close care, but doing everything in their power to keep it wild.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IS THERE A NEW DOCTOR IN THE NAT GEO WILD HOUSE? DR. K’S EXOTIC ANIMAL ER JOINS THE WILD FAMILY

New Series Follows the Diverse Challenges Veterinarian Dr. Susan Kelleher Faces at One of South Florida’s Busiest Avian and Exotic Animal Clinics,

Where Patients Range from Guinea Pigs to Primates

Everything but dogs and cats. If it will fit through the door, I’ll treat it!” — Dr. K

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER Premieres Saturday, October 4, at 10 PM ET/PT

on Nat Geo WILD

(Washington, D.C. – July 8, 2014) In Nat Geo WILD’s No. 1 series The Incredible Dr. Pol, viewers peer behind the recovery room curtain to see how veterinarian Jan Pol cares for farm animals and domestic pets in rural Michigan. Further north, they ride along in Dr. Michelle Oakley’s mobile medical clinic to see how she treats sick and injured animals across thousands of square miles of Canadian wilderness in Dr. Oakley: Yukon Vet. Now, in the new series Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER, premiering Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Nat Geo WILD presents its latest venture in documenting the bizarre, unpredictable and rare medical cases treated at the Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital in South Florida.

Dr. Susan Kelleher, better known as “Dr. K,” owns and operates one of the busiest exotic animal care practices in Florida. “Everything but dogs and cats. If it will fit through the door, I’ll treat it!” is Dr. K’s motto.

With over 18 years of veterinary experience, she has seen it all — rabbits, reptiles, rodents, birds of all shapes and sizes, foxes, ferrets, fish, marsupials and even primates! In this new Nat Geo WILD series, we’ll see her treat a variety of unusual animals, from an egg-bound tortoise to a kinkajou with a breathing problem to an ambiguous bush baby that needs neutering … or spaying. No two days and no two cases are ever the same at the clinic, but one thing is certain: There’s always a whole lot of action coming through the doors!

Flanked by intern Dr. Lauren Thielen and associate Dr. Santiago Diaz, Dr. K and the team tackle the issues of having exotic pets as patients. The worldwide trade in exotic animals is a multibillion-dollar-a-year business with millions of wild animals kept in private possession. Dr. K and her team are committed to educating clients about the facts of the exotic animal trade, and the best way to keep their pets healthy. “I got into this business with the intent to help animals in need. By the time they get to me it is sometimes a matter of life or death, and not right or wrong. My main priority is to ensure animals stay healthy and get the proper care,” said Dr. K.

Animals enter the exotic pet trade from a variety of sources. Some are taken from their native habitat; some are from zoos or menageries; some are sold at auctions or in pet shops; others come from backyard breeders. Additionally, the Internet has dramatically increased the ease with which people can find and purchase wild animals for their private possession.

It’s a constant challenge to diagnose, treat and save these animals that are often in desperate condition when they arrive at the hospital. The surgical team at Dr. K’s office jumps into action when a bunny crashes in the recovery room, performing emergency CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in the hopes of reviving the fluffy pet. They race to the ER when a ferret needs surgery STAT. And they make the tough decisions when there is nothing more that can be done to treat or save a dying animal. The job can be emotionally draining and grueling but also rewarding for these animal loving docs.

Like most offices, “water cooler” talk is prevalent, but at this clinic the topic is less about the weather and more about which animal has the worst urine scent: fox, cougar, alligator, unneutered male ferret or skunk that hasn’t been de-scented? Each episode of Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER shines a light on the personalities and personal lives of this dedicated group of animal care providers. Through good times and bad, this tight-knit group supports each other, advising on medical cases and offering moments of comic relief when needed. 

About Dr. K:

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Susan Kelleher, D.V.M., received her bachelor’s degree with a dual chemistry/biology major from Alfred University in 1990 and later completed a veterinary degree at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 1995, she moved to Florida to focus on avian and exotic pet medicine. She spent her first three and a half years working in small animal practices before starting her own animal practice —Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital. In the television series Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER Nat Geo WILD cameras follow the day-to-day challenges Dr. K faces at the clinic, documenting the exotic animals she treats and the unusual medical cases she resolves.

Premiere episodes include:

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER, Bunny Nose Job

Premieres Saturday, October 4, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

One of the most interesting aspects of exotic animal care is the range of different species on the exam table, many of them small with intricate physiology. Today, Dr. K tackles a series of tricky surgeries including a bunny nose job with a precarious power tool entry. Dr. K must carefully calculate measurements to avoid boring a hole into the bunny’s mouth or brain. The doctor also sees a bird with a broken leg that requires a series of tiny pins to stabilize the bone. Birds are notoriously difficult to keep stable under anesthesia, making the surgery even more difficult. Finally, Dr. K removes an overgrown tooth from a prairie dog, and new doctor Lauren Thielen attempts her first rat neuter.

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER, Bad Case of Rotten Eggs

Premieres Saturday, October 11, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER takes on a variety of exotic animal cases, including a hedgehog, a corn snake, and an egg bound sulcata tortoise with more than a dozen eggs stuck inside her. Dr. K must quickly perform an intricate surgery to remove more than a dozen eggs from the tortoise. An owner expects to hear the worst when she brings in her corn snake with some discolored scales. Finally, Dr. K has a galago as a patient for the first time! Also known as a bush baby, this one comes in for neutering, but other things become apparent once the surgery begins.

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER, Into The Fox Hole

Premieres Saturday, October 18, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Exotic animals are different from dogs and cats in many ways including the fact that they often don’t show signs of sickness until they are in grave danger. Dr. K never knows what she’s going to get! She’ll treat Cece, a veiled chameleon who is clearly egg-bound. The only way the eggs are coming out is through surgical intervention. But a veiled chameleon is a very small patient, making the procedure difficult. Dr. K begins surgery, but quickly runs into trouble and asks Dr. Thielen to scrub in. The doctor also sees long-time patient Fletcher, a red lored Amazon, who has a mass in the sinus cavity. She takes Fletcher to surgery for an endoscopy, but quickly realizes that he is too weak to handle the anesthesia. Dr. K also treats a Fennec Fox that seems to have clogged anal glands. Finally, Dr. Thielen must deliver the bad news to the owner of two guinea pigs that they need to go on a diet.

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER is produced by Spectrum Productions for Nat Geo WILD. Spectrum Productions executive producer is Guy Nickerson and show runner is Lisa Tanzer. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Ashley Hoppin; senior vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering; and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.

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NAT GEO WILD

For more than 30 years, National Geographic has been the leader in wildlife programming. The networks Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo WILD HD, launched in 2010, offer intimate encounters with nature’s ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of land, sea and air that draw upon the cutting-edge work of the many explorers, filmmakers and scientists of the National Geographic Society. Part of the National Geographic Channels US, based in Washington, D.C., the networks are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. In 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) debuted, and 10 years later, Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with Nat Geo WILD currently available in over 58 million U.S. homes. Globally, Nat Geo WILD is available in more than 144 million homes in 140 countries and 28 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com.

Thirty years ago, Dee Wallace, a gifted young actress from the wilds of Kansas, dropped into Hollywood with hopeful expectations.  Two years later she landed the role of a lifetime and walked onto a soundstage knowing that playing Mary, the smart, funny young mother of Michael, Elliott and Gertie, was going to change her life.  
Born into a loving but impoverished family, Deanna Bowers was the bright, beautiful peacemaker of an alcoholic father and a mother who put aside her own dreams in order to support her husband and maintain a happy, stable home.  Like so many others who will relate to her childhood, Dee grew up under the push-pull pressure of wanting to perform and make her father proud - and happy enough not to drink - and at the same time remaining quiet and sweet so as not to give family anger a reason to surface.  With welcome clarity and honesty and without a trace of self-pity, she writes about these experiences as she was growing up, including her father's tragic suicide, and then shows how, until examined and reconciled, they kept cropping up again and again in her personal and professional life.  Even readers whose early lives were less dramatic and ultimately less tragic will be guided to recognize these same self-destructive patterns, and cheered to know their own bright lights, once uncovered and freed from fear, still burn.
Indeed, even with the unprecedented critical and popular success of “E.T.” and stellar reviews of her performance in it, the next years did not bring the expected acclaim and financial security.  Rather, they brought her the opportunity to leave fear behind as she somehow lived through the loss of her soul-mate, the knowledge of perfect love as she welcomed her long-awaited and only child, and the time to look at the life she had created and the ability to re-connect with her inner light and begin to create something new:  herself.  It wasn't the red carpet life she had expected, but it was so much better.
Wallace has never stopped working in film, television and stage, and has more than 130 films and scores of television roles and series to her credit.  She is currently among a handful of in-demand actresses for guest starring roles in TV drama.  Her irresistible presence on speaking forums and two top internet radio shows have made her a sought-after inspirational speaker, spiritual teacher and healer. 
Dee is a true tour de force, working with every kind of co-star from Cujo to Lassie, as well as countless directors, producers and some of Hollywood's biggest names, including Peter Jackson, Wes Craven, Joe Dante, Stephen King and Blake Edwards.  Ms. Wallace became an icon in the role that would define motherhood for a generation, as Mary in Stephen Speilberg's ET: The Extraterrestrial. Her 150 films range from some of the scariest to some of the funniest ever made, including Cujo, The Howling, 10, The Frighteners  and Critters.


She has starred in four television series and more than 400 commercials and is one of Hollywood's most sought-after TV guest stars including appearances in Grey's Anatomy; Cold Case; Without a Trace; Ghost Whisperer; My Name is Earl; Criminal Minds, Saving Grace, Law and Order, and The Office.  A beloved acting coach, she is also an internationally known healer, with two global radio shows and a series of healing seminars.  Her insight into the joy of “conscious creation” was one of the reasons she was led to share her knowing with a larger audience through Bright Light.  
In her recently released third book,  Bright Light (O-Books), she takes readers along on Wallace's emotional, spiritual and professional journey but even as we cheer for her triumphs and grieve for her unbearable losses, she doesn't allow us to sit on the sidelines as merely an audience to her life.  Rather she uses her journey as a metaphor for always expanding the lessons she experienced in her own life to a larger wisdom valuable for all of us.   Her gifted writing is inclusive, reaching out to connect with readers as with unflinching honesty she takes responsibility for the manifestation of pain and disappointments in her life, as well as the creation of love and happiness for its joys and successes.   And she beckons her readers, who almost imperceptibly recognize their own journey, to learn from the spiritual lessons, which are the focus of each chapter.

Link to Conscious Creation with Dee Wallace - http://www.voiceamerica.com/Show/1766

Her third book, BRIGHT LIGHT, the story of her own journey and healing will be published in late May. Please view the promo at - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYTpNpeO0lU


Dee in the Media:

Excerpt from "Unscripted" interview - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19_sWA5_VAE

NewsLA Feature: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RURu4UGdyzQ&feature=youtu.be
Headline News: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfQkROqP9o8
GMA - http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/dee-wallace-lessons-life-acting-13718450
KCAL - http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/08/02/behind-the-pages-of-actress-dee-wallaces-bright-light/


THIS JOB COULD EAT YOU ALIVE!

HOST JEREMY BRANDT JOINS NAT GEO WILD IN NEW SERIES JOBS THAT BITE!

A Day in the Shoes of Shark Feeder, Pig Castrator and Ostrich Wrangler; Jeremy Brandt Hosts Jobs That Bite! Premiering November 2013 on Nat Geo WILD

“I have been surprised, excited and at times, admittedly, a little grossed out by some of the ways people make a living taking care of animals. These are wild jobs, but someone has to do them!” — Jeremy Brandt, Host of Jobs That Bite!

(Washington, DC – July 24, 2013) According to a recent Gallup survey, 70% of workers are disengaged from their jobs. Luckily, Nat Geo WILD found a small sliver of Americans who actually love their jobs — and they even bite! Jeremy Brandt dives into the world of Americans who work with all creatures great and small, as he hosts Nat Geo WILD’s new series Jobs That Bite! premiering this November, taking viewers across the country as he experiences a wide array of animal jobs, including bear tattooer, camel milker and mounted cop and the authentic Americans who keep these careers and traditions alive. (For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/NGC_PR.)

Jeremy tries his hand at every fun and fascinating, dirty and dangerous animal job out there. To do that, he’ll try to quickly learn the ropes from the unsung folks whose work makes life better for the rest of us. They’ll take Jeremy by the hand and give him a crash course in creatures and a B.A. in beasts, all the while instilling the lessons of safety and respect that these animals deserve.

We’ll see Jeremy’s close encounters with a plethora of animals as he follows a variety of professionals, including a wild beehive remover, horse logger, camel milker, falconer, lobsterman and worm rancher. Each episode follows him to another region of the nation, including California, Texas, Florida, Maine and Vermont, as he sets out to experience this country’s wide array of animal jobs. We’ll find new wild jobs for him, involving massive beasts, pretentious pets, impossibly slippery critters and the amazingly adept pros who work with them every day.

Brandt is your quintessential guys’ guy — a down-to-earth family man with a taste for adventure. Rugged and affable, he’s willing to try anything once, and just as willing to laugh at himself. He’ll smile through the grit of a daylong goat roundup, and settle in for a snuggle with a troop of pampered pooches. Armed with an easy charisma and just enough stubbornness to never go down without a fight, Brandt is ready to roll his sleeves up and get his wild on. Whether it’s riding a bucking bronco, wrangling a massive boa or taking on the business end of rhino-based manure operation, he’s game for it all.

A sometimes messy job, but somebody’s gotta do it! Ever examine a 400-pound lion or clean its teeth? Yep, Jeremy’s on it. And he gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform a neonatal exam on a newly born giraffe by measuring and weighing the baby then releasing her to her mother. But not all jobs are as fragile — Jeremy has his work cut out when he herds goats! On the front lines, he almost gets his kneecaps broken trying to catch one. Packed with adventure and laugh-out-loud moments, Jeremy will take the bite to get the job done.

Jobs That Bite! is produced for Nat Geo WILD by Half Yard Productions. For Half Yard Productions, executive producers are Sean Gallagher, Abby Greensfelder and Greg Smith. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Ashley Hoppin, senior vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.

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About Nat Geo WILD

For more than 30 years, National Geographic has been the leader in wildlife programming. The networks Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo WILD HD, launched in 2010, offer intimate encounters with nature’s ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of land, sea and air that draw upon the cutting-edge work of the many explorers, filmmakers and scientists of the National Geographic Society. Part of the National Geographic Channels US, based in Washington, D.C., the networks are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. In 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) debuted, and 10 years later, Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation’s major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with Nat Geo WILD currently available in over 58 million U.S. homes. Globally, Nat Geo WILD is available in more than 120 million homes in 90 countries and 28 languages. For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com.

Prized Pooch Can Win ‘Today’ Visit and ‘Chicago Fire’ Cameo Role

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Aug. 15, 2013 — “Chicago Fire” is holding a nationwide contest in search of the perfect firehouse pooch.

The winner, to be named “‘Chicago Fire’ Top Dog,” will make an appearance on both “Today” and on the popular primetime drama series about the Windy City heroes.

Firehouses should e-mail submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include a photo and no more than 200 words on why their dog should be chosen. Also include the dog and owner’s names, address, home phone number, firehouse number, firehouse phone number, e-mail address and “Chicago Fire Top Dog Contest” written in the subject line.

Entries can be sent starting today and will be considered through Sept. 8. Official rules are posted at www.today.com/topdog.

“Chicago Fire” executive producers will review the applicants and choose the top-three candidates. Those finalists will appear on “Today” on Sept. 24 and a public vote will be held on Today.com to pick the winner. The winner will be announced on “Today” or Today.com on Oct. 1.

The second season of “Chicago Fire” begins Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 10 PM (ET/PT). The series, which garnered growing ratings success and acclaim as its freshman season progressed, is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.

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