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Nat Geo Wild puts the Fur in ‘Further’ at upfront presentation to advertisers

MUMBAI: Entering its eighth year, US and global wildlife broadcaster Nat Geo Wild said that it is is going ‘Further’ to make the world a better place for animals with new content that showcases wildlife programming from storytellers.

With a lineup of new series, returning show, specials and family-friendly stunts premiering on both its linear channel and digital platforms, Nat Geo Wild said that it continues its commitment to highlight the planet’s animals and the people who love them.

National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe unveiled Nat Geo Wild’s programming slate at its ‘Further Front’ presentation at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York with the help of a few furry friends.

“Nat Geo Wild continues to raise the bar when it comes to wildlife programming thanks to a clear understanding of its audience, steadfast commitment to its identity and innovative storytelling methods to deliver premium family-friendly content. As evident in today’s announcements, Nat Geo Wild is vital to the National Geographic portfolio, and we are excited to deliver amazing content to animal lovers everywhere,” said Monroe.

“From broadcasting live in the middle of the African bush to highlighting the incredible work of today’s wildlife warriors, this year’s slate is a testament to our unwavering commitment to inspiring audiences to ‘let the wild in’ through fun and groundbreaking programming. We know who we are and what we stand for, and will continue to look for ways to push the limits when it comes to providing the best of the best in wildlife storytelling,” said Nat Geo Wild executive VP, GM Geoff Daniels.

The new series unveiled included ‘When Nature Calls’ and kicks off in July. It will tell the real stories of animal relocators. Viewers can follow four teams of animal relocators as they respond to frantic calls for help from people who have come face to face with animals in their own backyards. Their main objective is to keep both animals and people safe. No matter how desperate, outrageous or unbelievable the situation, these rescuers get the job done.

‘A Year in Appalachia’ airs early next year. Viewers can explore the incredible but little-known wildlife marvels in our own backyard. Using visually stunning cinematography against the dramatic beauty of our nation’s wild spaces, this blue-chip series reveals all that the wild Appalachia region has to offer – from the biggest and most iconic animals to the often-overlooked but no-less-fascinating creatures usually hidden from view.

‘Mighty Pacific’ also premieres early next year. The western coast of the US is one of the most spectacular meetings of land and sea in the world. Steep cliffs, rugged coastlines and miles of uninhabited wilderness alongside the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean make for a union fit for unprecedented wildlife diversity. Viewers can dive into these waters as the show explores this intersection of life.

In the Events category ‘Safari Live: Migration’ kicks off on 14 July. The live series ‘Safari Live’ returns, but this time from the Maasai Mara to capture the wildlife spectacle – the great wildebeest migration. Viewers can watch live as guides take viewers on an actual safari to witness the circle of life unfold in real time – like thousands of wildebeests crossing crocodile-ridden waters and prides of lions battling each other for food, territory and power. Interact with the guides on Twitter using #safarilive as they get up close with African species, such as lions, elephants, giraffes, leopards and more.

‘SharkFest’ a weeklong event begins on 23 July. The fifth annual SharkFest the broadcaster said has the most sharks per square inch on television Viewers can discover rare shark feeding events in the premiere of Shark Swarm, see where sharks go at night in Tiger Shark Terror and witness which species prey on sharks in Shark v. Predator. It will be a week of insights from shark experts and footage of shark behaviour.

‘Savage Kingdom II: Uprising’ is a new global miniseries event that will air later in the year. There. Will. Be. Blood. Return to the remote wilderness of Africa where mighty factions of lions, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas battle it out for power. Follow all the gripping drama as embattled kings and scheming princes vie for the savage throne. The drama continues as sons plot to overthrow fathers, clans seek revenge on their enemies and new arrivals enter the Savage Kingdom to stake their claim.

In the special category there is ‘Mission Critical: Chimp Babies’ that airs later in the year. The monthly Mission Critical strand continues. In Sierra Leone in West Africa, it is illegal to kill, capture and trade chimpanzees. However, in a country ravaged by deforestation, civil war and Ebola, this cause has fallen to the bottom of the list of priorities in recent years. There were over 20,000 chimps native to this region in the 1970s. Now there are estimated to be as few as 5,500. Mission Critical: Chimp Babies reveals the surprising secrets of the life of chimpanzees, filmed in intimate, sometimes harrowing and sometimes humorous detail.

‘China’s Wild Side’, meanwhile, is a two-part special that premieres this year. Viewers can discover the wild side of China’s Tibet and Yunnan regions. These two very different wildlife ecosystems are hiding many rich and diverse secrets. Tibet, dominated by a vast high-altitude plateau, is home to animals that have evolved to cope with the thin air, such as wild yaks and snakes that can live only in volcanic springs.

Meanwhile, Yunnan is a lush subtropical paradise that has perhaps the greatest diversity of all of China’s regions. It’s home to the nation’s only elephants, as well as the highest living primates on Earth: the bizarre snub-nosed monkeys.

‘Secrets of Patagonia’ will be a three-part special. Situated alongside Chile, Argentina is the southernmost country in the Americas; it encompasses about 80 per cent of the region known as Patagonia. To the west, the Andes dominate the skyline and ancient glaciers still carve the rugged landscape. To the east, the low Patagonian Desert sweeps across the country before plunging into the fierce Atlantic Ocean. From lush rainforests to parched deserts and giant wetlands to the towering peaks of the Andes, this landscape is full of nature’s most magnificent wildlife spectacles on the planet. Discover the secrets of Argentina’s wilderness.

Returning shows will include ‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’ which the channel said is its number one show. It returns on 1 July.

The season will offer even more prolapses, pregnancy exams and problematic clients than ever before. No two days are ever the same for Dr. Pol and his staff at Pol Veterinary Services as they wrangle animals and tackle cases at their clinic in rural Michigan. From performing lifesaving surgeries on beloved house pets to delivering calves on local farms, Dr. Pol and his team will stop at nothing to make sure their clients and their animals are happy and healthy. This season, the Pols make a special trip to the Netherlands and the clinic handles some extreme cases.