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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.

NO PET LEFT BEHIND

NAT GEO WILD’S NEW SERIES ANIMAL STORM SQUAD

IS ON A MISSION TO SAVE ANIMALS CAUGHT

IN NATURAL DISASTERS

In the Wake of Nature’s Fury, an Expert Team of First Responders

Fights to Save Animals’ Lives

 

 

Animal Storm Squad Premieres Friday, March 11, at 10/9c on Nat Geo WILD

(PASADENA, CA — Jan. 6, 2016) If a natural disaster strikes, what will happen to your pet? Every year, thousands of animals are injured, trapped or displaced as a result of tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes and other natural disasters. Traditional first responders are not equipped to assist animals, leaving them helpless in the wake of catastrophe.

Until now.

Nat Geo WILD’s new series Animal Storm Squad follows a team of dedicated meteorologists, storm chasers, animal experts and emergency personnel who have banded together to form the ultimate first responder squad to rescue trapped and injured animals. Animal Storm Squad premieres Friday, March 11, at 10/9c on Nat Geo WILD and globally in 131 countries and 38 languages. For more information, visit our press website at www.foxflash.com, or follow us on Twitter using @NGC_PR.

“What’s incredible about this show is that the team doesn’t just wait for disaster to strike, they actively pursue storms so that they will be on the ground when they hit,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager, Nat Geo WILD. “They know the local first responders aren’t equipped to help animals, so they’ve stepped up to fill a need and reunite families.”

Led by Karissa Hadden, a veterinary assistant and founder of an animal rescue charity, each episode of Animal Storm Squad follows the team as it prepares for a mission into a disaster zone. It is a 24/7, 365-day pursuit that has them crisscrossing the country, trying to stay one step ahead of catastrophe. Battling their way through ferocious weather, downed trees and damaged roads, they find the animals that Mother Nature left behind.

“If I wasn’t able to help my own animals, I would hope that somebody would care enough to help me,” said Hadden. “That’s why I do everything I can to make sure that no creature is left behind.”

SEASON 1 RESCUES INCLUDE:

  • WILDFIRE: Wenatchee, Washington: Seven animals rescued during the largest wildfire in the state’s history
  • TORNADO: Van, Texas: Eleven animals helped after a powerful EF3 tornado
  • FLOOD: San Marco, Texas: Ten animals helped after dangerous flooding
  • WILDFIRE: Middletown, California: Eight animals helped after a devastating wildfire
  • FLOOD: Andrews, South Carolina: Eight animals helped after a flood rendered the state a disaster zone

Premiere Episodes

Trial by Fire

Premieres Friday, March 11, 10/9c

The team rushes to rescue lost and displaced animals in central Washington state, which is in chaos after a wildfire grows to more than 200,000 acres. The team battles dangerous conditions and poor air quality to find a mother cat and her two kittens abandoned and hiding underneath a deck. With no immediate access to the enclosed space, will the team find a way to get the cats to safety? A black bear cub is on the loose and the team jumps into hot pursuit. Then two escaped horses make a run for it, and the team devises a plan to get them home.

Texas Twister

Premieres Friday, March 18, 10/9c

The Animal Storm Squad hurries to Van, Texas, after a powerful EF3 tornado rips through the town, leveling everything in its path. The team faces its first challenge immediately upon arriving in town: five cats that are trapped under a house. It’s a dangerous situation for everyone involved because the house is unstable and could collapse at any moment. Karissa leads a heroic effort to save a horse injured in the storm, and the team reunites families with their furry loved ones.

California Burning

Premieres Friday, March 25, 10/9c

The Animal Storm Squad races to Middleton California where a devastating wildfire scorches the countryside, destroying homes and displacing families. Karissa leads the team through the fury of one of the worst wildfires in state history, rescuing everything from gravely injured cats to abandoned dogs. 

Meet the Team

Karissa Hadden is a veterinary assistant from Canada who founded the charity Never Stop Saving Animal Disaster Rescue Transport. She was inspired to do something after trying to help some kittens that were ultimately lost in the EF5 tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, in May 2013. Karissa has degrees in human resource management and public communications from Stratford College in Ontario, Canada. She has also finished courses in swift water rescue, confined spaces awareness, hazmat and search and rescue. Hadden is Animal Storm Squad’steam leader in caring for and transporting each rescued pet to safety and on to its owners.

Erik Fox is the team’s weather forecaster who provides up-to-date, real-time weather information. He is also a trained firefighter and retired Army sergeant who served the United States for 14 years.

Leigh Ann Bennett is a physician’s assistant who helps triage and care for the rescued animals. She is a trained trauma nurse who brings more than 15 years of experience to the team.

Dustin Feldman is a wildlife management expert, a wilderness EMT and a field medic. Previously a rescue boat captain, firefighter and storm chaser, Dustin is the man you want by your side in an emergency.

Animal Storm Squad is produced by BCII for Nat Geo WILD. BCII executive producer is Bud Brutsman. 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.

TPR NewsJon Patch - Host
Vince and Lisa Centonze DVM - CoHost
Lexi Lapp - Producer
Ben - Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special Guests:  
Boone Smith from Nat Geo Wild's 10 Days of Thanksgiving will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 11/21/15 at 5 PM EST to discuss Big Cat Week
Tune in Saturday November 21, 2015 at 630pm EST when David Frei host of The National Dog Show watched by millions on Thanksgiving Day joins Jon and Talkin' Pets to discuss the upcoming event

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.

HOW TO MAKE IT THROUGH VET SCHOOL

AND LIVE TO TELL THE TALE

NAT GEO WILD’S NEW SERIES VET SCHOOL GOES BEHIND THE SCENES AT ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S TOP VETERINARY SCHOOLS

Vet School Premieres Saturday, Sept. 19, 10/9c on Nat Geo WILD

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 15, 2015) Grab your stethoscope, leave your nerves at the door and step into the high-pressure, big-reward world at one of the top vet schools in the country, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Nat Geo WILD has exclusive access to follow first-year students mastering the basics, and fourth-year students handling difficult cases from hamsters to horses. Will this cream-of-the-crop crew crack under the pressure of first injections, squirmy patients and animals they’ve never seen before? Vet School premieres Saturday, Sept. 19, at 10/9c on Nat Geo WILD (for more information on Vet School, visit www.natgeowild.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/NGC_PR).

Now, it’s no secret that Nat Geo WILD loves veterinarians. Our No. 1 show is The Incredible Dr. Pol; last year we introduced ratings winner, Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER; and Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet has been a network mainstay. Vet School brings us all the way back to the first step of a vet’s career, when they are overwhelmed every day with a mountain of information that they must digest, commit to memory and recall at a moment’s notice. What unites them all is a love for animals and a passionate desire to make a difference. These qualities are what make all of our vet shows must-watch TV, and Vet School is a natural extension of our success in the genre.

In medical school, students learn to care for one species. In Vet School, students train to care for hundreds. See for yourself the blood, sweat and tears it takes to become a top vet. . Students must quickly master tasks including restraining animals, repairing a bone fracture in a horse’s leg, inserting a pacemaker into a dog, and removing an abscess from a pet turkey. All in a day’s work.

Hannah Brodlie, Cristina Bustamante and Dan Cimino are first-year students who love animals and learning, but they are negotiating a steep learning curve on the road to becoming licensed vets. Hannah has worked in vet offices for years and wants nothing more than to be around animals all the time. Cristina is an international student from Colombia who looks forward to working with dogs day in and day out. Dan hopes to specialize in surgery. Singen Elliott, Aria Hill, and Aziza Glass are fourth-year students who are about to begin their professional careers. Aziza still struggles with her emotional investment in patients, Aria continues to work harder than ever before, and Singen dreams of becoming a large-animal surgeon.

Welcome to the world of Vet School, where students celebrate finishing an exam by sleeping an hour before studying for the next one. Good luck, students!

Premiere Vet School Episodes Include:

Vet School: Crash Course

Premieres Saturday, Sept. 19, 10/9c

First-year student Dan Cimino gets an in-depth introduction to the chaos of an ER. The evening begins slowly, but before long there are two serious emergencies. Fourth-year student Aria Hill is rewarded with some hands-on work during surgery to remove 10 teeth from a cat.Fourth-year studentSingen Eliott is schooled by an orthopedic surgeon who reminds him to treat the patient as the tiny kitten he is, not like one of Singen’s beloved horse patients.

Vet School: Day One

Premieres Saturday, Sept. 26, 10/9c

The first-year students are excited starting their veterinary school career but, much to their chagrin, they start by … dancing? Fourth-year student Singen Elliott loves large animals, but every veterinary student must rotate through small animals on their quest for a degree. Will Sophia the cat be his undoing? Finally, Millie, a 3-year-old bulldog, is in critical condition. She has congestive heart failure and has come to Cornell’s Companion Animal Hospital in a last-ditch effort to save her life. Fourth-year student Aziza Glass, in her first cardiology rotation, is part of the team that hopes to save Millie. Will this little bulldog make it through surgery?

Vet School: In Need of a Miracle

Premieres Saturday, Oct. 3, 10/9c

A patient comes in with a possible diagnosis of an aggressive form of cancer, but the final x-ray reveals something unusual. Fourth-year student Singen Elliott is working on Lewis, a dog with a suspected breathing issue. The problem is, when the docs try to get the dog to cough, they can’t seem to re-create the problem. Enter Singen, who is told to run Lewis around the hospital hallways to see if that works. Fourth-year student Aziza Glass’ rotation in large animal medicine has been fairly quiet, except for one vociferous miniature donkey named Leslie who is in for a general checkup. Seems simple enough, but Leslie has quite the mind of her own!

Vet School is produced by Thinkfactory Media for Nat Geo WILD. Thinkfactory Media executive vice president is Adam Reed, creative director is Adam Freeman, and executive producer is Lisa Tanzer. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Jenny Apostol, 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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DR. BRIAN HARE
Dog Scientist
Is Your Dog a Genius?
 
Dr. Brian Hare has dedicated his life to understanding the psychology of man’s best friend. As a sophomore in college, he worked with his dog Oreo to disprove the theory that only humans can spontaneously use and understand human gestures. The quest to better understand the brain behind the bark continued from there.
 
Today, he is an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, a division of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. He founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center, the first dedicated Canine Cognition Center on a college campus.
Dr. Hare used his knowledge and studies to co-found Dognition, a revolutionary tool for dog lovers to understand their best friend’s unique intelligence . The cognitive science-based games help people discover the unique way that their dog sees the world. By encouraging citizen science, all of the data collected helps scientists like Dr. Hare make new breakthroughs in dog cognition, contributing to the greater good of all dogs.
Dr. Hare and his wife compiled everything they know about dogs into his best selling book, The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think.
In 2004 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation named him a recipient of the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for scientists under age 40. In 2007 Smithsonian magazine named him one of the top 37 U.S. scientists under 36.
He has a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University.
Dr. Hare is the host of the new Nat Geo WILD special Is Your Dog a Genius?, premiering Friday, May 15 at 10 PM ET/PT as part of Barkfest Weekend. The three-part special helps owners understand their dogs better so that they can unlock their full potential.
 
Is Your Dog a Genius?
Permiering Friday, May 15 at 10 PM ET/PT
Dog scientist Dr. Brian Hare uses his groundbreaking research to help dog owners better understand their canine companions. He introduces at-home games that assess both dog and human, and he presents extraordinary dogs with remarkable problem solving abilities.  The interactive series will help dog owners everywhere unlock their dog’s true potential.
 
BarkFest Weekend on Nat Geo WILD invites you to celebrate all things canine and to learn more about the brains behind that bark. Tune in Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 16 for all dogs all the time.
 
 
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MAVERICK VET GOES WILD

NAT GEO WILD’S NEW ALOHA VET SERIES IS A

PACIFIC ISLAND ANIMAL ADVENTURE

Island Hop with Hawaii’s Best Known Veterinarian, Dr. Scott Sims,

As He Treats Animals On The Go

Aloha Vet Premieres Saturday, March 21, 9 PM ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. X, 2014) Dr. Scott Sims is one of Hawaii’s best-kept local secrets. He’s known as the Barefoot Vet and he’s not your typical veterinarian. Dr. Sims treats both wild and domestic animals, and when islanders need help with their pets, he’s the one they call. Some clients live in hard to reach locations, but if an animal is hurt Dr. Sims always finds a way to get there, even if he has to walk, ride a horse, drive an ATV, fly a plane, or swim. It’s a wild job that’s an adventure every day. The new series Aloha Vet premieres on Saturday, March 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, on Nat Geo WILD (For more information on Aloha Vet, visit www.natgeowild.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/NGC_PR).

Nat Geo WILD cameras follow Dr. Sims through his busy days as the main local veterinarian in Kauai. His phone never stops ringing, his hours are long and he rarely gets a full night of sleep. With a heart of gold, Dr. Sims will help any animal that can walk, crawl, fly or swim.

While Dr. Sims is a vet who treats all animals big and small, it’s quite often in unusual places. In this series, he rescues a sea turtle caught in fishing line, saves an unconscious horse stuck in a river bed, and brings sight back to a pig blinded for years.

His workplace puts him in the unique position to help domestic and wild animals all over the island. In one week he’ll care for a variety of animals including horses, dogs, cats, goats, birds, reptiles, fish, and sea turtles.

Whether he’s performing procedures on mountaintops, near waterfalls, on secluded beaches, or on the tailgate of a truck, one thing is certain: the animals are in good hands. Follow the Aloha Vet as he ventures across the rural islands of Hawaii, doing whatever it takes to help all creatures great and small.

Aloha Vet is produced by Shine America for Nat Geo WILD. Shine America executive producers are Eden Gaha and Mike Aho. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Tracy Rudolph; 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

Experience the best, most intimate encounters with wildlife ever seen on television. Backed by its unparalleled reputation for quality and blue-chip programming, Nat Geo WILD is dedicated to providing a unique insight into the natural world, the environment and the amazing creatures that inhabit it. From the most remote environments, to the forbidding depths of our oceans, to the protected parks on our doorsteps, Nat Geo WILD will use spectacular cinematography and compelling storytelling to take viewers on unforgettable journeys into the wild world. Launched in 2006, Nat Geo WILD is part of National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) and is available in more than 90 countries and 100 million homes. Nat Geo WILD HD launched in the U.K. in March 2009, and is also available in Greece, Latin America, Poland, Spain and Russia. Further expansion is expected globally. For more information, please visit www.natgeotv.com.

CAUTION: MAXIMUM CUTENESS AHEAD!

NAT GEO WILD’S UNLIKELY ANIMAL FRIENDS RETURNS

WITH THE INTERNET’S MOST VIRAL CREATURE COUPLES

Rats Cuddling Cats, Dogs Adopting Goats, Horses Leading the Blind and Many More

Unlikely Animal Friends Premieres Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at

10 PM ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. X, 2015)Never doubt the power of friendship. Sometimes man’s best friend is not who you think it is, and sometimes predator and prey bond in the most unexpected ways. Of all the unlikely animal friends in the world, we search out the most unique, most surprising and most loving in Nat Geo WILD’s popular Unlikely Animal Friends, returning Friday, Feb. 27, at 10 p.m. ET/PT with all new episodes. (For more information, visit natgeowild.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/NGC_PR.)

The six-episode series documents one heartwarming tale after another, many of which have gone viral on the Internet. Now we’re digging a little deeper to share the personal stories. There’s Penny, a rescued silkie chicken, and Roo, a disabled Chihuahua, best friends who rule the roost in the waiting room of an animal hospital where their owner is a receptionist. Clients like to schedule their appointments around the unlikely friends to see their bonding in person.

We also meet Craig and his mountain-climbing buddy, Millie the cat, who never complains on a climb and always wants to go higher. Craig found Millie at an animal adoption center in Utah. Little did he know that it was a match made in mountain-climbing heaven.

Then there’s the animal rescue mission that reunited a goat named Mr. G with his best friend, a donkey named Jellybean. They were separated after being rescued from neglect and sent to different sanctuaries. Mr. G’s caretakers soon realized that he was depressed without his donkey buddy, so they found Jellybean and brought her back to her best friend. The video of their reunion highlights an incredible bond.

Hear about these stories and many more on season four of Unlikely Animal Friends, where animals love, cuddle and cohabitatewith any creature they choose, regardless of species.

         

Unlikely Animal Friends Featured in the Series:

The Chicken and the Chihuahua

Friday, Feb. 27, at 10 PM ET/PT

Meet a two-legged Chihuahua and his inseparable chicken friend who hold court in an animal hospital waiting room, get to know a mountaineer and his rock-climbing cat and hear the incredibly sweet tale of the goat who refuses to leave his donkey friend’s side. 

Love at First Sight

Friday, March 6, at 10 PM ET/PT

Get to know a Hawaiian surfer who hangs ten with his pet pig, a blind woman who relies on a guide horse and an immobilized cat that’s protected by a faithful dachshund.

The Tale of the Cockatoo and the Kitty Cat

Friday, March 13, at 10 PM ET/PT

Learn more about a California man who hangs ten with his surfing goat, hear the tale of the cockatoo who enjoys giving massages to her once-feral feline friend and meet a hunting dog whose best friend and co-worker is a two-and-a-half-foot-tall Eurasian eagle owl.

Doggy Deerest

Friday, March 20, at 10 PM ET/PT

Get to know a farm dog who loves to mother a wild orphaned fawn, an autistic boy who connects deeply with his flock of chickens anda rat who loves to hang around with a feline friend.

Hero Cat

Friday, March 27, at 10 PM ET/PT

Meet a boy who was saved by his heroic family cat, a dog who mothers a “goat puppy” and a man who spoils his pet deer.

A Cheetah Cub, Puppy Love

Friday, April 3, at 10 PM ET/PT

Learn more about a dog and cheetah cub duo, a soldier who found a friend in a time of war and a pair of Dalmatians who adopted a kitten.

Unlikely Animal Friends is produced by Indigo Films for Nat Geo WILD. For Indigo Films, David M. Frank is executive producer. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Tracy Rudolph Jackson and executive vice president and general manager is Geoff Daniels.

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About Nat Geo WILD

Experience the best, most intimate encounters with wildlife ever seen on television. Backed by its unparalleled reputation for quality and blue-chip programming, Nat Geo WILD is dedicated to providing a unique insight into the natural world, the environment and the amazing creatures that inhabit it. From the most remote environments, to the forbidding depths of our oceans, to the protected parks on our doorsteps, Nat Geo WILD will use spectacular cinematography and compelling storytelling to take viewers on unforgettable journeys into the wild world. Launched in 2006, Nat Geo WILD is part of National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) and is available in more than 90 countries and 100 million homes. Nat Geo WILD HD launched in the U.K. in March 2009, and is also available in Greece, Latin America, Poland, Spain and Russia. Further expansion is expected globally. For more information, please visit www.natgeotv.com.

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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