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The Wildlife Docs

The Wildlife Docs

Spring 2017 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

With film footage featuring beautiful and majestic scenes of wild animals, along with compassionate and caring veterinarians imparting important information, The Wildlife Docs has found a winning formula.

Rachel Reenstra is host of this family-friendly show, which is based at Busch Gardens Tampa and usually goes behind-the-scenes at the Florida theme part to look at adorable baby animals or very sick big ones.

In one episode, for example, one of the vets has to figure out why Mikey the kangaroo isn't eating. Another looks into some tumors developing on an animal called a rock hyrax (kind of like a badger). There's a flamingo with a leg injury and a cheetah who needs hip surgery. Cameras go into the operating room to give a glimpse of what it's really like to take care of a wild animal.

And sometimes the Wildlife Docs themselves venture into the wild.

In one recent episode, veterinarian Peter Black and grants administrator Rob Yordi travel from Florida to Cambodia to visit a rescue center. Their first stop comes in the form of a roadblock - Lucky the elephant is out for her morning stroll. She was grabbed by poachers as a baby but was rescued and now happily lives at the center. The episode moves on to talk about the illegal but rampant poaching in Cambodia, about the importance of conservation in the area and about working to release rescued and rehabilitated animals - two cute sun bears - back into the wild.

In another episode, Dr. Dominique Keller travels to Mexico to help put a tracking device on a mako shark. (Who doesn't love shark footage?) As we watch her get into the shark cage and go underwater, we learn facts about sharks, the ocean, pollution and more. Did you know mako sharks can swim up to 50 miles per hour?

All of The Wildlife Docs on the show are likeable, but they also take their job seriously. All of the episodes convey important information about protecting wild animals, show the care and treatment of wild animals, and also offer a chance to see cute, fast, big - and sometimes very exciting - wild animals.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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