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Mystified by your moggies? Perplexed by your pedigrees?

The One Minute Cat Manager – Sixty Seconds to feline Shangri-La

by Kac Young explains how just one minute can transform your relationship with your cat.

This new book suggests 60-second techniques that anyone can practise with their cat. With expert insight into the inner workings of the feline mind, and analysis of cat behaviour, it will help to facilitate a deeper understanding, and stronger bond with your chosen feline friend.

Often, people pass up the opportunity to rescue a cat because they believe they don’t have the time to care for a pet. The One Minute Cat Manager shows how employing certain 60-second techniques can make cat care easy for all, and demonstrates the rewards that unconditional cat-love can bring, creating a bond that will last a lifetime. Specially commissioned illustrations enhance and inform the text.

Whether you are a new or experienced cat owner, Kac Young’s insights will help the reader develop quick and easy ways to become a confident cat parent who understands why cats behave as they do, and what you can do to make them happy.

About the author

Kac Young has been a producer, writer and director in the Hollywood television industry for over 25 years. Kac has also earned a PhD in Natural Health and a Doctorate in Naturopathy. She is the author of 12 books and is active on behalf of animal rights and fostering, and preserving women's rights. 

The One Minute Cat Manager is published in May 2019 by Hubble & Hattie (July in the USA), an imprint of Veloce Publishing Ltd, RRP: £10.99 $13.99 USA, $18.99 Canada.

Further details: Geraldine Cetin, Veloce Publishing E/:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ; T/: 01305 260068. To order copies, visit:https://www.hubbleandhattie.com

SKU HH5373
Format Paperback • 22.5x15.2cm • 112 pages • 56 b&w pictures
ISBN 978-1-787113-73-2
UPC 6-36847-01373-8
Published DUE May 2018

 

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NAT GEO WILD REELS IN FAMED BASS FISHERMAN MIKE IACONELLI FOR NEW URBAN FISHING SERIES

FISH MY CITY WITH MIKE IACONELLI

Award-Winning Professional Bass Fisherman and TV Personality Mike ‘Ike’ Iaconelli Goes on a Global Search for the World’s Most Iconic Fish in New Six-Part Series

Fish My City With Mike Iaconelli Premieres Friday, Oct. 12, at 10/9c

(Washington, D.C./Los Angeles — July 25, 2018) — Even in the world’s biggest cities, you don’t need to venture far to find wildlife. Cast your reel and join Nat Geo WILD on an urban fishing adventure in new series FISH MY CITY WITH MIKE IACONELLI. The six-part series follows award-winning professional bass fisherman and TV personality Mike “Ike” Iaconelli (@mike_Iaconelli) on his global search for the world’s most iconic fish living alongside some of the world’s busiest concrete jungles. From Austin, Miami, New York and New Orleans to Taipei and London, Iaconelli traverses the globe’s most exotic cities, encountering fish of all shapes and sizes in the most unexpected metropolitan locations.

FISH MY CITY WITH MIKE IACONELLI premieres Friday, Oct. 12, at 10/9con Nat Geo WILD, and will premiere globally in 140 countries and 38 languages. For more information,visit www.natgeowild.com

During each episode, Iaconelli guides viewers on an unpredictable journey through a different major city around the world, uncovering the often-untold stories of strange and amazing fish lurking in ponds, canals, sewer systems and rivers. His mission: to catch three specific species of fish called his “bucket-list fish.” Along the way he encounters old friends and knowledgeable locals with invaluable intel, hunts down mysterious habitats and chases urban legends, all in a bid to come face-to-face with the most legendary fish species of each city. As he winds through waterways, Iaconelli showcases the magnificent fish, unearthing their history and connection to each city and exposing their behavior, biology and unique nuances.

“I grew up fishing the streams and rivers of Philadelphia and am thrilled to team up with Nat Geo WILD to showcase the amazing wildlife that most city dwellers don’t realize are living right in their own backyards,” says Iaconelli. “Each city featured in the series is its own unique adventure, with its own cultures, urban legends, local experts and incredible species. This is truly the fishing trip of a lifetime.”

ABOUT MIKE IACONELLI

Mike Iaconelli is a South Philadelphia native who now lives in New Jersey. He’s had a passion for fishing since childhood and has been competing in fishing tournaments since high school. Iaconelli has won, or come close to winning, almost every major award in tournament bass fishing, most notably the 2003 Bassmaster Classic and 2006 Angler-of-the-Year awards. 

 

Episodes include:

Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: Hook in the Hudson

Premieres Friday, Oct. 12, at 10/9c

Mike Iaconelli heads to New York City for the ultimate urban fishing experience in one of the greatest cities on Earth. Between the Hudson River, East River and Jamaica Bay, fishermen can find amazing fishing opportunities right in the city. On this adventure Iaconelli’s bucket-list fish include the striped bass — the most iconic fish in New York; the fluke — a master of disguise; and the bluefish — a prized gamefish famous for its fight. Will he complete his bucket list as he fishes through the Big Apple?

Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: The Ragin' Cajun

Premieres Friday, Oct. 19, at 10/9c

Mike Iaconelli travels to New Orleans in search of three of the city’s most iconic fish species. It won’t be easy, as he must deal with a fearsome prehistoric predator that can grow to 10 feet long, challenging weather conditions and unusual events happening in the city’s flood control system. To complete his bucket list he’ll need to explore New Orleans’ many urban waterways and revisit the scene of his most important tournament win.

Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: Fastest Fish in Miami

Premieres Friday, Oct. 26, at 10/9c

Miami is known as the Magic City, Florida is known as the fishing capital of the world and Mike Iaconelli is known for loving a great challenge. Doubling down, Iaconelli challenges himself to catch six different species of fish: three exotic species that have all traveled a long way to make themselves at home in Miami’s freshwater canals and three saltwater classics, including the fastest and one of the oldest fish living today.

Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: Across the Pond

Premieres Friday, Nov. 2, at 10/9c

Mike Iaconelli travels to London in search of three of the great city’s most iconic fish species. One is a fearsome predator that will even devour birds, another is piscine royalty that is often known as “The Prince of the River” and last is a sentimental favorite that recovered from a devastating disease outbreak. To find them he must explore London’s many urban waterways and uncover this ancient city’s long fishing history.

Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: Giants of Taipei

Premieres Friday, Nov. 9, at 10/9c

Mike Iaconelli is in Taiwan in search of three species of city-dwelling fish that personify this fascinating island: a drain-dwelling monster that originally escaped from fish farms, a mysterious visitor from the open seas that makes fleeting visits to the city via a watery highway, and a true monster with shark-like teeth and a reputation for biting its prey clean in half.

Fish My City with Mike Iaconelli: Austin’s City Limits

Premieres Friday, Nov. 16, at 10/9c

Mike Iaconelli ventures to Austin in search of three of Texas’ most amazing fish: a fish so intelligent it can outsmart the average fisherman and sneakily escape, another that is so rare it’s found nowhere else on the planet, and an enormous and incredibly secretive fish that requires days of fishing to catch. Along the way we will witness Austin’s finest lakes and rivers and discover that fishing is the perfect window into a city’s history, nature and lifeblood.

 

FISH MY CITY WITH MIKE IACONELLI is produced by NHNZ Natural History New Zealand for Nat Geo WILD. For NHNZ, executive producers are Liz Brach and Rob Worsoff. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Pam Caragol and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.

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National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+,YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

NHNZ
We’re NHNZ, an international production company that sees the world a little differently. Maybe that’s because we’re located on the edge of it. Based in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s south-east corner, we collaborate with some of the world's best filmmakers to make factual TV for the biggest global broadcasters. 

Over the years, we've made original content for PBS, Discovery Channels, Animal Planet, A&E Bio Channel, Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic Channels, NHK, CCTV, Travel Channel, Arte and France Télévisions. We've also picked up over 300 awards along the way, including the Wildscreen Panda and a number of Emmy Awards. 

Now part of the Blue Ant Media family, we've been sharing some of the planet's most interesting stories for 40 years. And we're as dedicated as ever to creating programmes from a different perspective. 

NAT GEO WILD’S ANIMAL ER

IS “THE MAYO CLINIC” FOR ANIMALS

FOLLOW EXTREME VETERINARY CASES

 ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF ANIMAL CARE

Animal ER Premieres Saturday, August 19, at 10/9c on Nat Geo WILD

(WASHINGTON, D.C.— August 2, 2017) Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists (GCVS) in Houston, Texas, is one of the most respected — and busiest — animal hospitals in the world, with more than 200 staff treating over 50,000 patients a year. Nat Geo WILD’s series Animal ER goes behind the scenes at the hospital to follow cases on the cutting edge of veterinary care. Animal ER returns for its second season onSaturday, Aug. 19, at 10/9c. For more information, visit our press website at www.foxflash.com or follow us on Twitter using @NGC_PR.

“GCVS has the most fascinating and dramatic range of cases in the country, with everything from exotics and zoo animals to family pets crashing through their doors 24/7,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager, Nat Geo WILD. “Combine this with an incredible cast of passionate vets, and you get some of the most innovative, expert and extraordinary animal care in the world. It will be like nothing else on TV.”

Follow patients as they are rushed into the hospital and through diagnosis and treatment. From dogs and cats to chimps and giant pythons, to rams and exotic birds, a broad range of pets are welcome. GCVS is the last stop for animals whose care is beyond the capabilities of their regular veterinarians, and GCVS doctors deal with the most complex and challenging animal cases. The hospital’s medical technology is state of the art and the care is cutting edge, as the staff constantly develops new approaches and techniques to treat their patients.

In Season Two of Animal ER, one of the largest veterinary hospitals in the country opens up new departments for our cameras, including their Critical Care, Cardiology, Dermatology and Ophthalmology wings.   Gulf Coast Veterinary Hospital in Houston, Texas, continues to provide cutting edge medicine for animals ranging from tigers and primates, to household pets and birds.  This season, procedures include the miraculous recovery of sight, the ability to walk again, and saving animals in critical condition. But no matter what the technology, Gulf Coast’s biggest asset is their staff, and their personal ties to their animal patients.   Lead by doctors Brian Beale, Heidi Hottinger, Carley Giovanella, Sue Chen, as well as dentist Chanda Miles, and technician Danielle Inman, these 200 plus staffers run what is considered to be the "Mayo Clinic" for animals in the state of Texas.

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About National Geographic Channels

The National Geographic Channels form the television and production arm of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society. As a global leader in premium science, adventure and exploration programming, the Channels include: National Geographic Channel (NGC), Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo MUNDO. Additionally, the Channels also run the in-house television production unit, National Geographic Studios. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with entertaining, innovative programming from A-level

talent around the world, and with profits that help support the society’s mission. Globally, NGC is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 45 languages, and Nat Geo WILD is available in 131 countries and 38 languages.

National Geographic Partners is also a leader in social media, with a fan base of 250 million people across all of its social pages. NGC contributes over 55 million social media fans globally on Facebook alone. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com and www.natgeowild.com.

 

-This Season’s “You Watch, We Give” Episode Premieres August 26-

(New York, NY) Animal Planet’s popular series PIT BULLS & PAROLEES features Tia Torres, a true believer in second chances. For more than 20 years, Tia has dedicated her life to New Orleans-based Villalobos Rescue Center, the largest pit bull rescue center in the U.S. She has also offered a fresh start to parolees and a new lease on life to dogs that were discarded and demonized because of the reputation of their breed. PIT BULLS & PAROLEES is back this summer for an all-new season with new stories, but the same heart we know and love, beginning Saturday, August 5 at 9PM ET/PT

  

After a long recovery from a devastating leg injury, Tia gets back into in full swing and relies on her children, their significant others and the parolees to help keep the ever-expanding rescue center running. Tia fights a never-ending battle that’s grown to include dogs of every type and size, in desperate need of help. Many are unwanted pets dumped on the road, found wandering in the swamps, or thrown over the Villalobos gates. It’s the reality of running the nation’s largest pit bull sanctuary, where each new day brings happiness or heartbreak – and sometimes both.  

  

In addition to the summer season premiere, Animal Planet’s annual tradition of “You Watch, We Give” for PIT BULLS & PAROLEES will continue Saturday, August 26 at 9PM ET/PT to coincide with National Dog Day.  “You Watch, We Give” takes place as part of Animal Planet's on-going commitment to make a positive impact in the animal world; the network will donate money to Villalobos Rescue Center with the total donation based upon the episode’s viewership. Animal Planet encourages viewers to tune in for “You Watch, We Give” to help drive its donations to Villalobos.  

To support “You Watch, We Give” on Animal Planet’s social channels, fans are encouraged to share photos of their dogs with the #ShowUsYourPups hashtag across Twitter, Instagram or the Pit Bulls & Parolees Facebook page and it may appear on TV during the episode. In previous years, Animal Planet’s donations from “You Watch. We Give" has helped cover Villalobos' expenses, including veterinary bills and food and shelter costs for the rescued pit bulls.    

To satiate fans desire for additional content, Animal Planet digital and social (AnimalPlanet.com, Pit Bulls & Parolees page on Facebook and Animal Planet on Facebook and Twitter via @AnimalPlanet) will be offering Tattoo Tales (WT), a series of all-new short form content where fans will get up close and personal with Tia and her family, along with the parolees, as they share the stories behind some of their most meaningful tattoos.  

PIT BULLS & PAROLEES is produced for Animal Planet by 44 Blue Productions and Rive Gauche Television. Rasha Drachkovitch and Billy Cooper are the executive producers for 44 Blue Productions. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is executive producer and Patrick Keegan serves as supervising producer. 

 

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GO WILD THIS MOTHER’S DAY!

NAT GEO WILD CELEBRATES MOTHER’S DAY BY HIGHLIGHTING THE AMAZING MOMS OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

Premieres Include a Special Airing of Safari Liveat 9 AM ET and an Adorable

Three-Part Special Animal Momsat 8 PM ET on Sunday, May 14, on Nat Geo WILD

                       

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 1, 2017) Nat Geo WILD celebrates Mother’s Day with a day of programming that showcases the animal kingdom’s most amazing moms. Tune in Sunday, May 14, to discover the heartwarming stories of how our planet’s wild animals raise their young — from a mother sheep comforting her crying lamb to a lioness guarding her cubs in the middle of the African wilderness — with a lineup of adorable programming suitable for the entire family. You may be surprised at how similar the parental styles of the natural world are to our own! For more information, visit our press website atnatgeotvpressroom.com or follow us on Twitter using @NGC_PR.


The celebration begins with a morning alongside the animal moms of the African wilderness in a special airing of Nat Geo WILD’s hit series Safari Live from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. Safari Live gives you a front-row seat to an actual safari as our guides get you up close and personal with some of Africa’s most iconic species — such as lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes and more — in real time. Viewers can interact with the guides in real time on Twitter using #safarilive.

Later, we reveal the secrets behind moms in the wild in a three-part special, Animal Moms,beginning at 8 p.m. ET. This charming program explores the ways in which animal mothers rear their young, from the moment of birth to the “terrible twos” and beyond. Each episode features a mix of science, fascinating stories and heartwarming moments to show how animal mothers devote their lives to their babies. Discover the surprising realities behind the greatest bond in the animal kingdom: motherhood.

 

Mother’s Day Premieres Include:

Safari Live: Mother’s Day Special

Premieres Sunday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET

Safari Live is back with a special broadcast dedicated to the awesome animal mothers of the African wilderness. Not only are the guides giving you a front-row seat to safari rides in South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park, but they are also live broadcasting from the iconic Maasai Mara to showcase its incredible wildlife — such as herds of elephants, packs of endangered wild dogs, prides of lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas, among many others. It’s a Safari Live first you won’t want to miss!

Animal Moms: Happy Birthday!

Premieres Sunday, May 14, at 8 p.m. ET

Discover the incredible stories of the mothers of the animal kingdom. We begin with the heartwarming moments immediately following birth, when animal moms establish their magical bonds with their newborns as they welcome them into the world. From their youngsters’ first steps to their first meals, see how the animal mothers’ maternal instincts kick in to keep their young safe, fed and healthy.

Animal Moms: Terrible Twos

Premieres Sunday, May 14, at 9 p.m. ET

Explore how animal moms cope when their youngsters grow from infants to toddlers. Just like for human babies, play time is extremely important for these baby animals, and their animal moms have their work cut out for them. From pygmy goats learning just how high they can climb to baby lambs learning how to use their voices, these adorable stories show just how similar animals are to us. Discover animal moms’ tactics for tackling tantrums, the way they handle bullies and their ingenious methods for child care.

Animal Moms: Home Schooled

Premieres Sunday, May 14, at 10 p.m. ET

Just like human babies, animal babies learn by mimicking their mothers. It’s essential that they acquire all of the skills that will help keep them alive in the wild. Explore how animal mothers teach their young how to communicate, behave and find food. Also, witness a group of super-surrogate moms that are vital in preserving the future of various species.

 

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About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the non-profit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeowild.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+,YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

TPR News
9/10/16
Tomorrow is 15 years since 9/11 we remember all those that have lost their lives and the affect it has had on all of our lives
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jeremy Miller - The Reptile Expert
Producer - Zach Budin
Network Producer - Ben Boquist
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guests - Author of Purrs of Wisdom Ingrid King will join Jon and Talkin' Pets Saturday 9/10/16 at 5 pm EST to discuss and give away her new book
Anthony Bennie, Founder and Chief Nutrition Officer of Clear Conscience Pet will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/10/16 at 630 PM EST to discuss and give away his SuperGravy and Airy Bites
Adrienne Swisher Timberlane Pet Hospital & Resort Practice Manager and event Coordinator of Fashion,Feathers and Furs in Tampa Bay will join Jon and Talkin' Pets at 7:20 PM EST to discuss their event and what it takes to present one in your own city

VETERINARIANS JUGGLE FAMILY, ANIMALS AND BUSINESS ON ANIMAL PLANET’S THE VET LIFE

 

Tuskegee Alumni and Families Featured in All-New Series Premiering in June

(Animal Planet announced today a new docu-series, THE VET LIFE which introduces three Texas-based veterinarians, Dr. Diarra Blue, Dr. Aubrey Ross and Dr. Michael Lavigne, who run a thriving vet clinic in the greater Houston area. The eight-episode season premieres on Saturday, June 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Equal parts laughter and drama, THE VET LIFE follows veterinarians, Dr. Blue, Dr. Ross and Dr. Lavigne, as they navigate the balancing act of running their newly-opened animal hospital while managing the everyday stress of raising their families alongside their wives. The series captures the doctors’ home life with their spouses, children, parents, in-laws, pets and large group of friends.

The three doctors developed a strong friendship while attending Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and reconvened in Las Vegas where they began their careers and honed their surgery skills. After years of paying their dues, they decided to fulfill their dreams of owning their own practice and set their sights on Dr. Ross’ hometown of Houston. In 2015, Cy-Fair Animal Hospital opened its doors to service the community and their pets. 

The veterinarians are dedicated to providing the best care for their patients – both human and animal. Dr. Blue’s personality keeps them smiling and in good spirits while Dr. Ross keeps the clinic running during an often hectic work day. Dr. Lavigne is a skilled surgeon who provides balance. With a combined experience of over 22 years and a shared love of animals, Dr. Diarra Blue, Dr. Aubrey Ross and Dr. Michael Lavigne thrive to educate the public about the importance of preventative medicine in order to extend the longevity of the human animal bond.

 

TEXAS VETSis produced for Animal Planet by Nancy Glass Productions with Argle Bargle Films. For Nancy Glass Productions, Nancy Glass is the executive producer. For Argle Bargle Films, Jairus Cobb and Shannon Biggs are executive producers. For Animal Planet, Keith Hoffman is executive producer and Sarah Russell is associate producer.

About Animal Planet

Animal Planet, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. Animal Planet consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 94 million homes in the US; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; Animal Planet L!VE, the go-to digital destination for round-the-clock, unfiltered access to the animal kingdom; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service, and merchandising extensions.

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FASCINATING NEW ELEPHANT SCIENCE

NAT GEO WILD’S MIND OF A GIANT REVEALS THAT ELEPHANTS ARE SMARTER THAN EVER KNOWN BEFORE

MIND OF A GIANT Premieres Sunday, June 19, at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD

(WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 1, 2016) Across Africa, elephants are in crisis. Each day, 96 elephants fall victim to poachers, human-elephant conflict and habitat loss. In 2013, Paul G. Allen launched the Great Elephant Census, the first pan-African aerial survey of savanna elephants in more than 40 years. Soon after surveyors began their work, they observed something that truly surprised them. In the past 40 years, in the face of growing threats, elephants have changed where and how they live in their historic ecosystems. This incredible discovery, combined with the latest studies from the top elephant researchers in the world, revealed that elephants are learning to adapt and survive in ways we’ve never seen before. We join the experts in Africa to see their work firsthand in Mind of a Giant, premiering Sunday, June 19, at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com or our press site www.foxflash.com, or follow us on Twitter using @NGC_PR.

Mind of a Giant started with a noble cause that turned into revolutionary research that may help save a beloved and threatened species,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager, Nat Geo WILD. “The dedicated scientists and conservationists featured here are pushing the boundaries of elephant research to reveal a smarter, more thoughtful animal than ever known before. We are thrilled to share their story of hope with our viewers who love animals and the people working to save them.”

Never before has this volume of compatible elephant research been featured in a single film. Mind of a Giant is a window into the world of the modern elephant, supremely intelligent creatures living and fighting for their lives in a world of poachers, new human settlements and other dangers. Together with the top elephant researchers in the world, we learn about how these gentle giants exhibit empathy, grief, joy, fear and vengefulness. The more we understand these majestic creatures, the more we can help them live on for future generations.

The Experts

 

Sir Iain Douglas Hamilton is one ofthe world’s foremost authorities on the African elephant and founder of Save the Elephants, a leading research and conservation organization. In 1988 he was awarded the Order of the Golden Ark — one of conservation’s highest awards — and in 2015 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Save the Elephants conducts vital research on elephant behavior and ecology and pioneered GPS radio tracking in Africa to provide fresh insight into the life of elephants.

 

Frank Pope tracks the daily movements of elephants across a dangerous landscape. Pope is chief operations officer for Save the Elephants. He speaks to the fact that that elephants have learned exactly where safe territory ends and enemy territory begins. This new behavior proves that the elephants are aware of the location of their enemies, and that they have learned to proactively strategize their movements to avoid their foes.

Josh Plotnik founded Think Elephants International in 2011.His research on elephant intelligence has been published in some of science’s top peer-reviewed journals and has garnered millions of media impressions since 2006. Perhaps his best-known study centers on elephant self-awareness, which was conducted by placing a mirror in front of captive Asian elephants. He suggests that a mirror may truly be the window to an elephant’s soul, but he’s never shown a wild African elephant a mirror until now.

Joyce Poole, co-founder of Elephant Voices and one of the world’s leading elephant behaviorists, is an expert on how elephants communicate with one another. She shares some of the more than 250 postures, gestures and vocalizations she has identified that elephants use to communicate, and reveals their extraordinary ability to plan and coordinate their responses to threats.

Bob Jacobs studies the brains of elephants and humans at Colorado College. He reveals just how incredibly interconnected elephant brains are, and the massive processing power their huge brains possess. Elephants may be able to understand what what another animal is thinking, a trait that very few creatures can claim.

Caitlin O’Connell is a consulting faculty member at Stanford University School of Medicine who has studied elephants in the wild for the past 25 years. She demonstrates how incredibly sensitive elephants are to underground vibrations. This superhero trait gives them a long-range communication system to aid in detecting potential threats for miles around.

Mind of a Giant was produced for Nat Geo WILD by Vulcan Productions in association with Off The Fence. For Off The Fence, executive producer is Ellen Windemuth. For Vulcan Productions, executive producers are Paul G. Allen, Jody Allen, Carole Tomkoand Rocky Collins. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer and senior vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering.

National Geographic Channels

The National Geographic Channels (The Channels) form the television and production arm of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between 21st Century Fox and the National Geographic Society. As a global leader in premium science, adventure and exploration programming, the Channels include: National Geographic Channel (NGC), Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo MUNDO. Additionally, the Channels also run the in-house television production unit, National Geographic Studios. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education with entertaining, innovative programming from A-level talent around the world, and with profits that help support the society’s mission. Globally, NGC is available in more than 440 million homes in 171 countries and 45 languages, and Nat Geo WILD is available in 131 countries and 38 languages. National Geographic Partners is also a leader in social media, with a fan base of 250 million people across all of its social pages. NGC contributes over 55 million social media fans globally on Facebook alone. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com and www.natgeowild.com.

About Vulcan Productions

Vulcan Productions is dedicated to the power of storytelling. The division produces content and large-scale campaigns that entertain, electrify and change the way people understand the world’s toughest challenges. Vulcan Productions’ films, television series and digital content spark ideas and turn action into measurable impact.  Founded by Paul G. Allen and his sister Jody Allen in 1997, Vulcan Productions creates content across all platforms, extending the wide-ranging work of Vulcan Inc. in wildlife, science, climate, oceans, education, technology, current social issues, history and the arts. Award-winning projects include Racing Extinction, Academy Award®-nominated Body Team 12, We The Economy, #ISurvivedEbola,Girl Rising, and The Blues. Upcoming projects include Ivory, Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale and Unseen Enemy.

Laura Dash is a former stunt double on movies including Jurassic Park, Interview with a Vampire, The Goonies, Hook, and many more. Now she's got a new TV show called Second Chance Chihuahuas on Nat Geo WILD where cameras follow her and her husband Jim Peterson as they run Dolittle's Ranch in Studio City, California, where they have rescued more than 2,000 chihuahuas over the past 10 years.

You can see Laura in Second Chance Chihuahuas premiering Saturday, April 16, at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD.

 

Second Chance Chihuahuas

Premieres Saturday, Apr. 16 at 9/8c

Small towns are under attack. A terrible menace is stalking the streets. Believe it or not, packs of chihuahuas, are wreaking havoc in cities including Phoenix and Los Angeles. But one couple is committed to giving these tiny terrors a second chance. We follow Laura Dash and Jim Peterson as they run Dolittle's Ranch in Studio City, California, where they have rescued more than 2,000 chihuahuas over the past 10 years. You'll gain a new appreciation for these petite pooches as you see them taken off the streets, rehabilitated, and adopted into loving homes. Chihuahuas are America's second most euthanized dog, but Laura and Jim are doing their best to give as many as possible a second chance.

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