READY, SET, PUP! ADOPTABLE PUPS GO FOR THE TOUCHDOWN IN PUPPY BOWL XVIII MATCHUP





READY, SET, PUP! ADOPTABLE PUPS GO FOR THE TOUCHDOWN IN PUPPY BOWL XVIII MATCHUP ON SUNDAY, FEB. 13, 2022 ON DISCOVERY+ AND ANIMAL PLANET

-Sesame Street’s Elmo and his Rescue Dog, Tango Join in on All the Puppy Bowl Action-

– Houston Texans’ Kirby the Service Pup and Justin Reid Join in the Game in one of this Year’s Pup Close Stories-

Everyone’s favorite other game is back in action for the ultimate woof-a-thon. The original call-to-adoption television event and cutest sports competition, PUPPY BOWL, returns for its 18th year, highlighting more shelters, more incredible stories, and the most puppies ever featured in PUPPY BOWL history. Get ready to cheer on the adoptable puppy players of TEAM RUFF and TEAM FLUFF as they give it their all to catch air-speed and take home this year’s CHEWY “Lombarky” trophy. Catch all the action in the GEICO ‘stadium within a stadium’ that takes this game to the next level. Between ear pulls, tail tugs, sloppy kisses, incredible interceptions, puppy penalties and hard-won touchdowns, this is the game you don’t want to miss! Tune in to PUPPY BOWL XVIII, the 3-hour spectacular event that can be streamed on discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service, and Animal Planet on Sunday, February 13 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT.

PUPPY BOWL celebrates adoptable pups in all their cuteness and showcases the incredible shelters and rescues, as well as their staffers, who dedicate their lives to helping animals find their fur-ever loving homes. This year an astounding 67 shelters and rescues from 33 states bring 118 incredible adoptable puppy players out to sport their TEAM RUFF ‘Tail Mary Tangerine’ and TEAM FLUFF ‘Bark Blue’ bandana colors. Each pup player is coming to strut their paws and show off their uniqueness, and with the help of the Wisdom Panel™ dog DNA test, we’ll find out what’s beyond those bandanas and luscious fur, and how each dog’s breed mix might give them a leg-up on the field. And on top of these hidden traits which may be revealed, these players will give it their all to chase, fetch, guard, heel, and sprint to the CHEWY end zone pylons for the ultimate touchdowns and score game catching field goals on THE HOME DEPOT goal posts.

Thanks to our returning and notoriously entertaining slo-mo cam, fans will get to see these canines’ devotion to the game as they put their tricks to the test to score a touchdown and a possible chase of the tail. While showing off their tricks and shakes, audiences will get the pawesome views from the water bowl cam which will catch our furry friends in a PEDIGREE® timeout to re-energize their quirky selves and quench their thirst. For the ultimate top-notch aerial view, the TEMPTATIONS™ Kitty Sky Box will also be featured throughout the game so fans can feel as if they’re in the center of all the puppy madness.

The PUPPY BOWL XVIII Pre-Game Show begins exclusively on discovery+ and Animal Planet at 1PM ET/ 10AM PT where fan-favorite PUPPY BOWL sportscasters Rodt Weiler, Sheena Inu, James Hound, and field reports Mini Pinscher and Greta Dane provide the inside scoop on this year’s Puppy Bowl Draft ahead of the big game. The pre-game show spotlights exclusive interviews with coaches and players, a look at the adorable pups warming up and running their favorite routes during CHEWY’s ‘Play of the Day.’ In addition, audiences will get a first-look tease at the purr-fect halftime show through the ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ Kitty Halftime Report. We’ll also get puppy DNA analysis from Wisdom Panel™ dog DNA test Players Report and catch up with several special puppy players past and present including Chunky Monkey, who won the hearts of many during Puppy Bowl XVII and Marshall, who was declared victorious as the winner of the Puppy Bowl XVII ‘Pupularity Playoff”. Those who tune-in will meet Biscuit, the Washington Capitals service pup who is training with America’s VetDogs and see a special look at the BISSELL Pet FoundationTM and their rescue efforts of transporting cats and dogs out of the Hurricane Ida danger zone to safety at Animal Welfare League in Alexandria, VA.

To kick off the game, special guests Elmo & Tango are traveling all the way from Sesame Street to gather the PEDIGREE® Starting Lineup players in the center of the field for the PUPPY BOWL XVIII coin toss to who from Team Fluff or Team Ruff will be the first to wag their tails! In addition, Elmo & Tango will be featured throughout the game as they cheer on one unforgettable pup, Wasabi, a Chihuahua/Cocker Spaniel mix from The Sato Project, from the sidelines throughout the game. As the game progresses, we will see which pup has what it takes for the one and only BISSELL Pet FoundationTM MVP (Most Valuable Puppy) award by scoring the most touchdowns. This pup will join a league of past MVP champions, and through TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE®, audiences will catch up with a previous Puppy Bowl MVP now in his loving, forever home and living his best life “on Tropic Time”. Be sure to tune in to find out which lucky pup will also take home the coveted SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. Underdog Award!

And of course, Dan Schachner, PUPPY BOWL’s official and favorite Ruff-eree is returning for his 11th year of calling the puppy penalties, ruffs stumbles & tumbles, and awesome touchdowns for a game unlike any other. Dan is ready for the ultimate puppy showdown and fans will hear all these calls and more from returning commentators Steve Levy and Taylor Rooks as they give us the play-by-play coverage of the rambunctious pups of Team Fluff and Team Ruff as they frolic, jump, dive, and occasionally snooze their way to victory. In addition to seeing these puppy players on the field, audiences will also see the return of the SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. Pup Close and Personal segments that shine a light on adorable star athletes including one special Senior Spotlight story which showcases that age is just a number and senior dogs are ultimately puppies at heart.

This year’s Pup Close and Personal features various segments including:
A special profile on Orange Twins Rescue, started by Ariana Grande and her choreographers and creative directors’, twins Scott & Brian, who accompany a pair of bonded Siberian Husky/ Chihuahua mix puppy sisters, Bimini & Tayce to Farm Animal Refuge in San Diego where they meet baby goats and cows
Kirby, a very special Labrador retriever who is the Houston Texans’ service pup in-training in partnership with America’s Vet Dogs, who visits NRG Stadium for a service practice session with Texans player Justin Reid
Hoku, a American Staffordshire Terrier/ Catahoula Leopard Mix; and Puppy Bowl’s first ever Hawaiian pup, from Maui Humane Society, who as a participant of the rescue’s ‘Buddies’ program, embarks on a special field trip to a hike in Maui’s National Parks where we learn about the legend of the ‘Poi’ dogs of ancient Polynesian culture
Birch, a Chihuahua / Toy Fox Terrier mix who is cared for by a special foster under Ninna’s Road to Rescue foster program and is coached for the big game by Puppy Bowl XVI alum, Darcy
Benny, a special needs Labradoodle, who is living his best life with a foster from Bosley’s Place where he spends his days practicing laps on the lush property with his fellow dog companions
A special look at The Dogist (Elias Weiss Friedman) who teams up with Pilots to the Rescue, to bring one incredible Dalmatian puppy, Pongo, on a flight from a Virginia shelter to New York City for PUPPY BOWL XVIII

In addition to these incredible Pup Close stories, PUPPY BOWL XVIII will also feature an unforgettable senior spotlight story featuring Mr. Lee Asher from the upcoming discovery+ series, My Pack Life, as he hosts Sharkey, a Greyhound Mix from Family Dogs New Life shelter at his own rural sanctuary, The Asher House, in Oregon where Sharkey will not have a day full of adventure but will have a chance of finding a forever home.

During the game, audiences will also meet nine fuzzball special needs players that are looking forward to finding their forever home; including Benny, a wheelchair bound Labradoodle featured in one of this year’s Pup Close stories; Forrest, a one-eyed Neapolitan Mastiff/Cane Corso Mix; Rocket, a deaf Chihuahua/Dachshund: Pongo, a deaf Dalmatian; Ridley, a deaf and vision impaired Border Collie; Bunny, a deaf American Staffordshire Terrier/Labrador Retriever Mix; Moby, a French Bulldog with a cleft palate; Bimini, a vision impaired Siberian Husky/Chihuahua Mix; and Irwin, a three-legged ​​American Pit Bull Terrier/Chihuahua Mix.

This year’s big game will feature the return of two special PUPPY BOWL moments– First, TEAM RUFF and TEAM FLUFF players will be cheered by adorable, adoptable puppy cheerleaders who will root and howl for their favorite players from the sidelines. This year, the new cheer squad will bring-it from their own special sideline setup to shake their pom poms, run a few cheer-formations, and amp up the volume with an overload of cuteness as PUPPY BOWL XVIII players make their way down the field. Next, audiences will again see Puppy Bowl’s ‘Adoptable Pup’ segments, hosted by Dan Schachner and sponsored by CHEWY. Sprinkled throughout the program, 11 shelters from around the country will feature one of their puppies (and 3 shelters with kittens during KITTY HALF-TIME) that are all up for adoption during the game!

In addition to these unforgettable moments, put your paws together midway through the game for the ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ KITTY HALF-TIME SHOW for these adoptable kittens at their practically purr-fect beach party. At this ocean-side getaway, audiences will experience the beach-tastic party with these felines having some fun in the sun and learning about their heartwarming adoption stories in their loving new fur-ever home.

Fans can also access even more furry fun and exclusive content by downloading discovery+. Leading up to PUPPY BOWL XVIII, discovery+ and Animal Planet GO users will find exclusive in-app original programming, including the PUPPY BOWL midform series “Pupclose & Personal” featuring Ariana Grande’s best friends and choreographers, Scott and Brian Nicholson, who founded Orange Twins Rescue, a non-profit organization that rehabilitates and rescue animals in need. Plus, we’ll also see Dan the Ref take us down memory lane, highlighting the very best and firsts of Puppy Bowl’s 17-year history. Additionally, fans are also invited to Tweet along with game day commentator Meep The Bird and vote in real time, for the winner of the Most Valuable Puppy award. Results will be revealed during the epic program.

For the first time in Puppy Bowl history, there will be 23 exclusive Puppy Bowl NFTs released leading up to and on the day of the game hosted by Chronicle, an NFT studio and marketplace. Each drop will feature unique and pawsitively adorable trading cards varying in price and rarity, and a portion of the proceeds from all the sales will benefit Orange Twins Rescue, an animal rescue organization founded by brothers Scott and Brian Nicholson, and Ariana Grande. For the latest on when the NFTs are releasing, follow along on Animal Planet’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.

Additionally, fans can look forward to the following exclusive digital content: Elmo will be taking over Discovery’s Instagram Story to tell his own puppy adoption story; Kirby, the Houston Texans’ service pup in-training, will be hosting a Discovery Instagram Story takeover as he prepares to play in the Puppy Bowl; and the cutest pregame puppy scrimmage will stream live on Animal Planet TikTok the day of the game. Fans can also show off their puppy fandom by using the special custom GIF sticker pack available by searching “Puppy Bowl” in the GIF section on social platforms or by visiting the Puppy Bowl GIPHY page.

Official PUPPY BOWL XVIII sponsors include ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™, BISSELL Pet FoundationTM, CHEWY, GEICO, THE HOME DEPOT, the PEDIGREE® brand, SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC., TEMPTATIONS™, TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE®, and Wisdom Panel™ pet DNA test.

For more information about the shelters, rescues and organizations that participated in PUPPY BOWL XVIII, Animal Planet audiences can visit Puppybowl.com/Adopt.

PUPPY BOWL XVIII is produced for discovery+ and Animal Planet by Bright Spot Content, an All3Media America company. Simon Morris is executive producer and showrunner with Suzanne Rauscher and Sandy Varo Jarrell also serving as executive producers. For Animal Planet, Erin Wanner is executive producer, Pat Dempsey is supervising producer, and Marissa Donovan is production coordinator.

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About discovery+
discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ has the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service at launch, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com or find it on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.

About Animal Planet:
Animal Planet, one of Discovery, Inc.’s great global brands, is dedicated to creating high quality content with global appeal delivering on its mission to keep the childhood joy and wonder of animals alive by bringing people up close in every way. Available to 360 million homes in more than 205 countries and territories, Animal Planet combines content that explores the undeniable bonds forged between animals and humans, optimized across all screens around the world. For more information, please visit www.animalplanet.com.



THE IRWINS RETURN TO ANIMAL PLANET AND DISCOVERY+ FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON OF “CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS”





THE IRWINS RETURN TO ANIMAL PLANET AND DISCOVERY+ FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON OF “CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS”
ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, JANUARY 1, 2022


In the award-winning series CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS, Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, Bindi’s husband Chandler Powell, and the newest Irwin family member, Grace Warrior Irwin Powell, continue Steve Irwin’s mission to bring people closer to animals and inspire them to become Wildlife Warriors and work together to protect and preserve wildlife and wild places. Never has it been as important to spread their message of conservation to ensure an abundance of wildlife for generations to come. Season four of CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS premieres Sat., Jan. 1, 2022 at 8PM ET/PT on Animal Planet and discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service.

In the season premiere, Bindi and Chandler’s daughter Grace discovers her new world at Australia Zoo, while Robert and the team attempt the biggest Gator move in the zoo’s history; for the first time, they will try to capture 10 alligators from Gator Lake, home to over 40 crocodilians. Meanwhile, Terri helps her Sumatran Elephants as they learn to use a purpose built, giant runway which will allow them to freely move around the Zoo. And Bindi later encounters the joys and tragedies of another Koala breeding season.

Other stories this season include Bindi checking in on one of the biggest babies at Australia Zoo, Tallbert the giraffe; Robert and Chandler taking a road trip adventure to pick up a giant male Komodo named Naga; Terri helping to care for an unprecedented influx of baby Echidnas; Chandler dealing with a koala crisis; Robert assisting in a complex turtle surgery; Bindi hand raising a baby possum and Terri overseeing the largest and most complex animal move in Australia Zoo’s history. Also, during the season, Grace receives a surprise honor!

Keep up with the conversation on social media with #TheIrwins and follow Animal Planet on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more.

The first three seasons of CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS can be streamed in their entirety on discovery+.

CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS is produced for Animal Planet by Eureka where Paul Franklin, Chris Culvenor, Wes Dening, Rikkie Proost and Rod Parker serve as executive producers. For Animal Planet Erin Wanner is executive producer with Sarah Russell as supervising producer.

About discovery+
discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ has the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service at launch, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com or find it on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.

About Animal Planet:
Animal Planet, one of Discovery, Inc.’s great global brands, is dedicated to creating high quality content with global appeal delivering on its mission to keep the childhood joy and wonder of animals alive by bringing people up close in every way. Available to 360 million homes in more than 205 countries and territories, Animal Planet combines content that explores the undeniable bonds forged between animals and humans, optimized across all screens around the world. For more information, please visit www.animalplanet.com.



“Born Mucky” Premieres on Animal Planet Sat. Oct. 16 at 10 PM/ET





“Born Mucky” Premieres on Animal Planet Sat. Oct. 16 at 10 PM/ET
The series follows the lives of three farmers and their families as they work to protect their land, livestock, and legacy across the seasons.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
***Media Alert***

“BORN MUCKY” PREMIERES ON ANIMAL PLANET SAT. OCT. 16 AT 10 PM/ET

BORN MUCKY, which premieres on Animal Planet Sat., Oct. 16 at 10 PM/ET, captures the reality of life for modern-day farmers, and the resilience and commitment required to keep farms thriving. The series follows the lives of three farmers and their families as they work to protect their land, livestock, and legacy across the seasons. From building dry stone walls to raising cattle, each episode reveals the complexities of farming while celebrating the craft and skills passed down through generations that make it possible. BORN MUCKY shows that while all three farmers use different farming methods, they have one thing in common: they never give up.

Viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #BornMucky, and follow Animal Planet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok for the latest updates.



Special Episode of “Louisiana Law” Premieres on Animal Planet and Streams on discovery+





Special Episode of “Louisiana Law” Premieres on Animal Planet and Streams on discovery+ on Sunday, October 10
“In the Eye of Hurricane Ida” offers a stunning up-close look at the Wildlife Agents’ missions during Hurricane Ida, from the hours leading up to landfall through the aftermath and recovery.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
“LOUISIANA LAW: IN THE EYE OF HURRICANE IDA” DOCUMENTS SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSIONS BY THE WILDLIFE AGENTS OF THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES DURING HURRICANE IDA

-Special Episode of LOUISIANA LAW Premieres on Animal Planet and Streams on discovery+ Sunday, Oct. 10-

On August 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida made landfall as a Category 4 storm, slamming Louisiana’s coastline with 150 mile per hour winds and catastrophic storm surge. One of the strongest storms in Louisiana’s history, Ida left a trail of devastation across the state and triggered a heroic response from emergency personnel, including the Wildlife Agents of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). An all-new special episode of Animal Planet’s Louisiana Law offers a stunning up-close look at the Wildlife Agents’ missions during Hurricane Ida, from the hours leading up to landfall through the aftermath and recovery. LOUISIANA LAW: IN THE EYE OF HURRICANE IDA premieres on Animal Planet Sunday Oct. 10 at 9 PM/ET and streams on discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service, the same day.

LOUISIANA LAW: IN THE EYE OF HURRICANE IDA features Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Agents conducting search and rescue missions through the floodwaters and wrecked homes. With communications and utilities down, Agents bring their unique skillsets and equipment to the aid of their fellow Louisianans. In the aftermath of the hurricane, agents go door to door on humanitarian missions, getting critical supplies to those who need them the most.

“Louisiana experienced one of the most destructive hurricanes in the state’s history and we felt a responsibility to bring these search and rescue stories to our audiences,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President, Development and Production, Factual Programming, Discovery.

“What the public sees in this segment of Louisiana Law is the best example of how our agents immediately answer the call to help the great people of our state during times of disaster, while in some instances, those agents are leaving their own homes and families at risk,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “It is gratifying to see the resilience of the people our agents interacted with. They are the best examples of Louisianans who get stronger and battle back, both emotionally and physically, after catastrophes.”

“We are super proud of the job our agents did in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. From search and rescue to humanitarian and security patrols, our agents stepped up and performed their duties to the best of their abilities,” said Colonel Chad Hebert, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. “This Hurricane Ida special of Louisiana Law showcases the job our agents did and also the spirit of the Louisiana people for the rest of the nation to see.”

In south Louisiana, Sgt. Scott Dupre conducts one last patrol in his St. Mary Parish neighborhood. He’s in the direct path of the storm and must balance protecting his home and family with his response to community search and rescue missions. Sgt. Dupre springs into action when he receives a distress call from injured guests stuck inside a flooded hotel in Houma, Louisiana Cpl. Mike Meserole leaves his family safely behind and joins a convoy of fellow Wildlife Agents heading south to Louisiana’s hardest-hit parishes He and Cpl. Mike Cook to help stranded boat captains clear an obstructed riverway, and assist a trio of shrimpers anxious to see whether their homes survived the hurricane.

Meanwhile, with no power, communications down and live mapping apps rendered useless, Sgt. Leroy Tarver is tasked with navigating unfamiliar flooded neighborhoods to rescue a stranded woman in distress. Sr. Agent Suni Nelson delivers lifesaving supplies to the people of LaPlace, where drinking water is contaminated, and food is scarce.

Follow the conversation on social media with #LouisianaLaw, and follow Animal Planet on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates.

LOUISIANA LAW: IN THE EYE OF HURRICANE IDA is produced for Animal Planet by Warm Springs Productions in Association with Watson Pond Productions where Christopher Voos, Marc Pierce, Chris Richardson and Brad Johnson serve as executive producers. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is executive producer with Katie Meloy as production coordinator.

About Animal Planet

Animal Planet, one of Discovery, Inc.’s great global brands, is dedicated to creating high quality content with global appeal delivering on its mission to keep the childhood joy and wonder of animals alive by bringing people up close in every way. Available to 360 million homes in more than 205 countries and territories, Animal Planet combines content that explores the undeniable bonds forged between animals and humans, optimized across all screens around the world. In the U.S., Animal Planet audiences can enjoy their favorite programming anytime, anywhere through the Animal Planet Go app which features live and on-demand access. For more information, please visit www.animalplanet.com.

About discovery+

discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ features a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of discovery+ on Verizon. discovery+ has the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service at launch, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com or find it on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.



Animal Planet’s Fan-Favorite Series “The Zoo” Returns for Fifth Season





Animal Planet’s Fan-Favorite Series “The Zoo” Returns for Fifth Season Full of Heart-Felt Homecomings, New Additions to the Bronx Zoo Family and More
Season five kicks off with a special two-hour premiere on Saturday, October 9 at 8:00/7:00c.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
ANIMAL PLANET’S FAN-FAVORITE SERIES “THE ZOO” RETURNS FOR FIFTH SEASON FULL OF HEART-FELT HOMECOMINGS, NEW ADDITIONS TO THE BRONX ZOO FAMILY AND MORE

Series Spotlights the Bronx Zoo’s Groundbreaking Work in Animal Care and Welfare, Conservation and Education

The world-famous Bronx Zoo returns to Animal Planet, showcasing more incredible stories of remarkable animals and the dedicated staff who care for them. In the all-new season, THE ZOO dives back into the hard work and heartwarming moments of daily life at the Bronx Zoo’s 265-acre campus and its sister parks across New York City. Audiences will learn about the zoo’s groundbreaking work in animal care and welfare, conservation, and education. Season five of THE ZOO kicks off with a special two-hour premiere on Saturday, Oct.9 at 8PM ET/PT, with new episodes airing every following Saturday at 9PM ET/PT.

In the unforgettable premiere, a bevy of fascinating new animals find a home at the zoo. From a herd of Bactrian deer fawns on a journey to the Big Apple from Ohio, to a young red kangaroo named Troody growing into the shoes of a Bronx kangaroo legend, to a keel-billed toucan rescued from the dark world of animal trafficking, zoo staffers step up to provide a New York welcome for them all. Excitement is afoot for the zoos’ existing residents as well, as the gorillas experiment with a fashion-forward new enrichment and a trio of curious lynx kittens step into the public eye at the Queens Zoo. Audiences will also get an exclusive update on Nadia, the Malayan tiger who was the first animal in the US to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

“The dedication of our essential zoo and aquarium staff has never been more apparent than in Season 5,” said Jim Breheny, Bronx Zoo Director. “They continued to provide expert care to the animals each day throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and never lost sight of our conservation mission. Staff in all of our WCS parks and those in zoos and aquariums around the world who braved the unknowns of the virus to ensure the daily needs of the animals were met are true heroes.”

This season, audiences will see the Bronx Zoo’s mission in action as a pair of endangered Coquerel’s sifakas are introduced in hopes that they will mate; Sydney, an adorable harbor seal pup rescued from a stranding in the wild, finds a new home at the New York Aquarium; and a pair of rehabilitated ospreys become ambassadors for their species. The zoo’s veterinary staff get creative by crafting a one-of-a-kind orthopedic shoe to help a tiny oscillated turkey chick walk.

Fans can also follow the conversation on social media #TheZoo and follow Animal Planet on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates.

THE ZOO is produced for Animal Planet by Left/Right and Copper Pot Pictures. Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Anneka Jones, Pete Ross, Michael LaHaie and Jessie Findlay are the executive producers for Left/Right. David LaMattina and Chad Walker are the executive producers for Copper Pot Pictures. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is executive producer.



Welcome to the Wild World of Rescue Where the Gloves Come Off in “Bare Hands Rescue”





Welcome to the Wild World of Rescue Where the Gloves Come Off in “Bare Hands Rescue” Premiering Sun. August 22 at 10PM ET/PT on Animal Planet and discovery+
Owner of the Wildlife Command Center, Michael “Bare Hands” Beran spends his workdays rescuing and removing wildlife from people’s homes and businesses with his bare hands because he believes it’s easier on the animals.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
WELCOME TO THE WILD WORLD OF RESCUE WHERE THE GLOVES COME OFF IN “BARE HANDS RESCUE” PREMIERING SUN. AUGUST 22 AT 10PM ET/PT ON ANIMAL PLANET AND DISCOVERY+

If you have a critter stuck in your attic, who are you going to call? Michael “Bare Hands” Beran! Owner of the Wildlife Command Center, Michael spends his workdays rescuing and removing wildlife from people’s homes and businesses with his bare hands because he believes it’s easier on the animals. He and his staff of experienced and eccentric technicians, spread across several locations across the U.S., aren’t afraid to get into the nitty-gritty to rescue raccoons, beavers, skunks and more, for their own safety and any humans who may be too close in proximity. These animals are called wildlife for a very good reason! When the rescues begin, you never know what wild antics will happen next, and this spunky crew wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. The all-new special BARE HANDS RESCUE premieres Sunday, August 22 at 10PM ET/PT on Animal Planet and discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service.

In BARE HANDS RESCUE, audiences follow the Wildlife Command Center team, led by Michael, as they travel across the country and find themselves in peculiar situations to save wildlife (by hand!) Among others, we’ll meet Michael’s son, Chance, who, with the guidance of his father, works to safely remove a raccoon who has become too comfortable in an attic; veteran tech, Chris, and rookie, Veonte, who encounter an extremely venomous snake; daredevil Tim, who receives a call about a coyote in a house; and U.B., who helps Michael search for a skunk in a scrap yard filled with hot tubs.

In addition to these rescue and release stories, audiences will also get a tour of Michael’s headquarters in St. Louis which has become a rehabilitation facility and occasionally a forever home for several rescued animals including Tarzan, a Brazilian porcupine; Tyson, a red kangaroo; a pair of lemurs; and more! And while this might be a wild day job, it’s another day in paradise for Michael and his crew.

Viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #BareHandsRescue, and follow Animal Planet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok for the latest updates.

BARE HANDS RESCUE is produced for Animal Planet by Critical Content where Jenny Daly, Tom Forman, Bob Asher, Jon Beyer, and Michael Francis serve as executive producers. For Animal Planet, Pat Dempsey is supervising producer.



An All-New Season of “The Zoo: San Diego” Premieres on Animal Planet Saturday, August 14





An All-New Season of “The Zoo: San Diego” Premieres on Animal Planet Saturday, August 14 at 8 PM ET/PT
The season two premiere episode, “Baby Miracles”, introduces Animal Planet audiences to stories about baby animals, including Funani, a river hippo who welcomes a new addition to the family, and Omeo, an orphaned koala joey.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
AN ALL-NEW SEASON OF “THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO” PREMIERES ON ANIMAL PLANET SATURDAY, AUGUST 14 AT 8 PM ET/PT

Fan-favorite series THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO returns for a second season with all-new, memorable animal stories from the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (formerly San Diego Zoo Global) which premieres on Animal Planet Saturday, August 14 at 8 PM ET/PT. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance , which is committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives, features two parks, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park which is home to more than 700 species and 6,500 animals.

The season two premiere episode, “Baby Miracles”, introduces Animal Planet audiences to stories about baby animals, including Funani, a river hippo who welcomes a new addition to the family, and Omeo, an orphaned koala joey. The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance team also travels to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya to help develop an innovative milk formula for elephant calves who do not have mothers. Other stories this season will include a pair of lappet-faced vultures who produce the Alliance’s first fertile egg for the species; wallaby Thelma and her joey Everest who become ambassador animals; and even a few koalas Puck, Ra, and Laksmi who are nursed back to health after being saved from the bushfires. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park became host to the only pair of platypuses, Eve and Birrarung, outside Australia and THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO audiences this season can follow along as a dedicated group of wildlife care specialists and veterinarians who go above and beyond every day to provide care for these animals in the name of wildlife conservation.

Viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #TheZooSD, and follow Animal Planet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok for the latest updates.

In season one of THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO, now also available on discovery+, a variety of wildlife are introduced to audiences, including a flock of ostriches known as the “Spice Girls,” pandas, giraffes, Galápagos tortoises, koalas, elephants, and mountain lions. discovery+ audiences also meet two baby cheetahs who learn how to be ‘ambassadors’ for their species, in addition to a set of California condors, a species brought back from the brink of extinction by the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance team.

THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO, is produced for Animal Planet by Left/Right, a Red Arrow Studios company, and Copper Pot Pictures. Banks Tarver, Ken Druckerman, Anneka Jones, Jessie Findlay and Michael LaHaie are the executive producers for Left/Right. David LaMattina and Chad Walker are the executive producers for Copper Pot Pictures. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is executive producer.



Animal Planet’s “North Woods Law” Returns to New Hampshire





Animal Planet’s “North Woods Law” Returns to New Hampshire for an All-New Season This Summer Beginning Sunday, June 20 at 9PM ET/PT
From the White Mountains of the Appalachians to the rocky shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the Conservation Officers of New Hampshire Fish and Game work endlessly to preserve and protect the natural resources of the Granite State.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
ANIMAL PLANET’S “NORTH WOODS LAW” RETURNS TO NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR AN ALL-NEW SEASON THIS SUMMER BEGINNING SUNDAY, JUNE 20 AT 9PM ET/PT

From the White Mountains of the Appalachians to the rocky shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the Conservation Officers of New Hampshire Fish and Game work endlessly to preserve and protect the natural resources of the Granite State. In an all-new season of NORTH WOODS LAW, Animal Planet follows the demanding pursuits of the Conservation Officers as they conduct, among other activities, search and rescue operations on windswept mountains and roaring rivers, assist biologists in managing the state’s wildlife, and patrol backcountry roads during hunting season as every day presents all-new challenges. NORTH WOODS LAW premieres on Animal Planet Sunday, June 20 at 9PM ET/PT.

In the NORTH WOODS LAW season premiere, Conservation Officers Joe Canfield and Brad Jones search the Merrimack River for a missing person and their vehicle which expands to a multi-day effort with help from Lieutenants Jim Kneeland and Adam Cheney, along with members of the Fish and Game Dive Team; Sergeant Glen Lucas works a case involving the illegal release of a coyote from a local trapper’s trap; and in Concord, Conservation Officer James Benvenuti and Colonel Kevin Jordan, along with rehabilitator Jane Kelly and her birds of prey, host an informational meet and greet event.

Other stories this season on NORTH WOODS LAW include Officer Canfield and Trainee Letourneau investigating an unattended bobhouse whose owner is missing and may have fallen through the ice; Conservation Officer Chris McKee embarking on a multi-day pursuit to rescue a goose with a plastic six-pack ring around its neck; Officer Hannett investigating an abandoned barrel that may be related to a 20-year cold case involving the disappearance of a mother and daughter; Officer Crouse responding to a report of a possibly rabid raccoon in Rochester that he must snare and remove from the heavily populated area; the New Hampshire Fish and Game dive team searching for two drowning victims in the Merrimack river; and Conservation Officers Matt Holmes and Bob Mancini running radar when Holmes is struck by an ATV going well over the speed limit.

Viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #NorthWoodsLaw, and follow Animal Planet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok for the latest updates.

NORTH WOODS LAW is produced for Animal Planet by Engel Entertainment where Steven M. Engel, David Ranzino and Justin Silva serve as executive producers. For Animal Planet, Patrick Keegan is supervising producer with Robyn Salzman associate producer.



“Crikey! It’s the Irwins” Season 3 Premiere on Animal Planet Debuts Saturday, June 5





“Crikey! It’s the Irwins” Season 3 Premiere on Animal Planet Debuts Saturday, June 5 Beginning with “Crikey! It’s a Baby!” Special
Said date marks the linear premiere of the new season, which bows on discovery+ earlier this year.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
“CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS” SEASON 3 PREMIERE ON ANIMAL PLANET DEBUTS SATURDAY, JUNE 5 BEGINNING WITH “CRIKEY! IT’S A BABY!” SPECIAL

Season three of the award-winning series, CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS, makes its linear debut to Animal Planet on Saturday, June 5 with an all-new season featuring re-openings and rescues as the Irwin family continues Steve Irwin’s mission to bring people closer to animals and inspire them to become Wildlife Warriors to help protect and preserve our environment and its animals. The new season first kicks off with the CRIKEY! IT’S A BABY! special at 8PM ET/PT and includes poignant and intimate moments leading up to the birth of Bindi and Chandler’s daughter, Grace Warrior Irwin Powell.

It’s truly an Irwin family affair in this CRIKEY! IT’S A BABY! special when Terri and Robert Irwin do all they can to help Bindi and Chandler while the family continues their wildlife conservation efforts. Linear audiences will see Terri throwing a baby shower, compete with animals, games, and Chandler’s parents attending via zoom from the U.S.; Chandler giving Bindi an emotional surprise after she finishes her last day of work at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital; Robert proving he is worthy of his new nickname – Funcle, the funnest Uncle of all time – by using his dog Stella to demonstrate his baby caring skills; Bindi and Chandler preparing their overnight bags for their upcoming trip to the hospital; Robert providing updates from the hospital waiting room; and Bindi, Chandler and their daughter coming home to Australia Zoo where they are welcomed by the entire Australia Zoo family.

Season three of CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS joins the Irwins as they try to continue their mission during the global pandemic and Terri delivers the much-anticipated news that Australia Zoo will finally reopen after being closed for 78 days due to COVID-19. Bindi and the team at the wildlife hospital find themselves in a desperate race to save a dozen corellas and Robert witnesses the incredible birth of three tiger cubs.

Prior to the challenges of the pandemic, Australia faced devastating bushfires that wreaked havoc on the country’s landscape and wildlife population. The Irwins efforts to help as many animals as possible are the focus of a special episode. This season will also follow personal family milestones as newlyweds Bindi and Chandler prepare to welcome their own little Wildlife Warrior to the world, and Robert learns how to drive with the help of Terri and Bindi in his dad’s iconic old ute.

Other CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS stories this season include Terri and Robert secretly trying to guess the sex of Bindi’s baby, while Bindi and Chandler have their own surprise in store; Bindi and Terri assisting the zoo’s dedicated vet team as they treat a multitude of animals at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital; Robert continuing his father’s legacy as he faces off with Bosco, the most aggressive crocodile at Australia Zoo; Chandler stepping up during the croc show for Robert when an injury prevents him from participating; and Bindi and Chandler studying coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Additionally, four beautiful Sumatran Elephants arrive to Australia Zoo from Indonesia, fulfilling a dream that began over 30 years ago when Steve and Terri decided to fight for the survival of this critically endangered species.

Keep up with the conversation on social media with #TheIrwins and follow Animal Planet on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more.

CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS is produced for Animal Planet by Eureka where Paul Franklin, Chris Culvenor, Wes Dening, Rikkie Proost and Rod Parker serve as executive producers. For Animal Planet Erin Wanner is executive producer with Sarah Russell as supervising producer.



New Series “Otter Dynasty (WT)” Set in Singapore Tells the Urban Wildlife Story





New Series “Otter Dynasty (WT)” Set in Singapore Tells the Urban Wildlife Story of Three Otter Families and Their Clash for Dominance
The series will be available across Discovery platforms next year and is produced by Beach House Pictures for Animal Planet, in association with Love Nature.
[via press release from Animal Planet]
NEW SERIES “OTTER DYNASTY (WT)” SET IN SINGAPORE TELLS THE URBAN WILDLIFE STORY OF THREE OTTER FAMILIES AND THEIR CLASH FOR DOMINANCE

Once declared locally extinct from Singapore in the 1970s, the adorable smooth-coated otter has since made a comeback where an estimated 120 otters now call this exciting city “home.” Since their return from local extinction, multiple otter family clans are scattered across the island and just about every group is determined to reside in the prime otter real estate of Marina Bay. The catch? There’s only enough space in this key location for one dominant “royal” family to have access to the finest food, best shelter, and safest location to raise a family. In this urban wildlife story, audiences will be mesmerized as three urbanized otter clans make it their business to fight for their turn to be on top while continuing to adapt to their concrete jungle. OTTER DYNASTY (WT) will be available across Discovery platforms next year and is produced by Beach House Pictures for Animal Planet, in association with Love Nature (a Blue Ant Media company). Blue Ant International oversees licensing in markets outside of the U.S.

“Otter Dynasty is a rich family drama showcasing distinct, memorable characters through stories of resilience, determination and family rivalries. With real-life stories from the natural world, fueled by status, survival, power grabs and romance, it’s Game of Thrones with otters!” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President, Development and Production, Factual Programming, Discovery.

OTTER DYNASTY (WT) will follow each otter clan as they learn one important rule – more territory means more challenges. And while they have learned to climb stairs, cross streets, and move up and down ladders to get in and out of vertical canals, they must also maneuver around Singapore’s predatory wildlife including crocodiles and cobras. This is the ultimate clash of the otter clans, and there can only be one ruler.

The OTTER DYNASTY (WT) clans include the ruling Bay City Clan, the 1% otter group who lives the royal life of luxury in Marina Bay among Singapore’s futuristic landscapes; the young, up-and-coming River Rebels clan, who have set their sights set on Marina Bay and enjoy a fun-filled life in a fashionable and trendy neighborhood as they raid fishponds and stop traffic every time they cross the city’s busy roads; and The Wildlings, a young clan living a hard but adventurous life in the Mangrove forest where they tough it out against marauding lizards, floods, and choppy seas. As the battle of the bay heats up, which rival clan will lay claim to the throne?

OTTER DYNASTY (WT) is produced for Discovery by Beach House Pictures in association with Blue Ant Media’s Love Nature. Jocelyn Little and Donovan Chan are executive producers for Beach House Pictures with Jerry Decker is Showrunner and Claire Clements is Series Director. For Discovery, Keith Hoffman is executive producer and Sarah Russell is supervising producer.