Raised on the rugged plains of Australia, Matt Wright had plenty of jobs -- horse wrangler, Australian Army soldier, crocodile egg collector -- that helped develop his passion and skills for a career as a helicopter pilot and wildlife relocator. Featured in half-hour episodes of "Outback Wrangler," Wright tracks down, captures, and transports a diverse range of dangerous animals, including crocodiles, wild buffalo and even polar bears, that are posing a threat to people. As a chopper pilot he is able to access areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach. Matt's goal, he says, is based on the preservation of wildlife: to remove and relocate problem animals rather than kill them.
Busy veterinarian Dr. Chris Brown encounters many adventures in the day-to-day of a life dedicated to caring for and treating animals. "Dr. Chris: Pet Vet" features the animal and human interest stories he and his friend and colleague Dr. Lisa Chimes -- whom he calls on for animals that require specialist services -- run into as they deal with a variety of animals who undergo an assortment of different treatments, including some of the most intricate and technologically advanced surgeries available.
Not all animals are meant to be domesticated and kept as household pets. Many wild animals, by definition, are rough and rowdy, often leading to out-of-bounds behavior or savage instincts run amok. This series showcases jaw-dropping moments captured by cameras, including attacks on people and other animals, "believe it or not" encounters, and animals that portray human traits. Heroic acts of bravery, narrow escapes and unpredictable incidents are also featured in the hourlong episodes.
Mariette Hartley is an Emmy-winning actress who is also passionate about fighting for animals' rights so, naturally, she hosts this series that aims to educate young people about animals. Each episode features four stories about exotic and unique animals to help kids and teenagers learn about the animal kingdom. Whether it's a story about ocean creatures or critters that can be found in one's backyard, "Wild About Animals" aims to educate and entertain kids through a combination of dramatic footage and an engaging narrative.
Survivalists and their spoiled partners overcome dangerous situations in the Fijian jungle.
Global explorer/wildlife biologist Niall McCann tracks down the largest, fiercest animals in the world to learn more about their behavior and habitat. His conservation research takes him to the swamps of Venezuela to catch giant anacondas, into the jungles of Nepal to follow fearsome predators like the royal Bengal tiger, and to Australia's Northern Territory to wrestle with deadly saltwater crocodiles. McCann also studies human encounters with abnormally big or dangerous animals in the places he visits.
The challenges never stop for world-famous dog behaviorist Cesar Millan. In this series, not only does Cesar help dog owners with simple take-home tips for problem pooches, he and his son Andre hit the road to honor and support the nation's many heroes in the pet industry. On an RV journey that spans from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, the hosts uncover inspirational K-9 stories and connect with organizations that are rescuing and rehabilitating dogs. No pup and pet-loving person is spared as the Milans profile groups helping veterans and their service dogs, community-run animal rescue teams training K-9 police dogs, and therapy dogs that help children with autism.
The "Dog Whisperer" is back, this time to answer emergency calls from communities terrorized by unruly canines. Renowned dog behavior authority Cesar Millan is beckoned by the relatives, friends, neighbors or co-workers of someone whose four-legged menace has turned lives upside down. In each episode, Millan meets with the whistle-blowers in a briefing session, then he evaluates both the pets and the owners through impromptu visits to the neighborhood locations to see dogs display their doggone behavior and watch how owners react. After rehabilitation programs are set up, Cesar uses surveillance cameras to track progress and ensure a lasting solution. The final test comes when all parties gather together in the community -- owners equipped with the knowledge and tools Cesar has provided, and dogs ready to prove they did learn new tricks.
Just about everybody likes animals and doesn't like to see animals who are sick, injured or abused. So "Animal Rescue," a weekly series -- aimed at children and families -- that showcases spectacular rescues of animals, should be very popular. Because people don't like to see an animal's situation get so bad that it requires rescue, the program tries to avoid those situations by instructing children on the proper care of animals, as well as giving safety tips on caring for all types of creatures.
In the varied forms of veterinary medicine, Dr. Susan Kelleher's practice may be one of the more unusual. Known as Dr. K, she runs South Florida's Broward Avian and Exotics Animal Hospital, and this series follows the staff as it cares for rabbits, ferrets, foxes, fish, birds, reptiles, marsupials, and even primates. As do some other vets, Kelleher thinks domesticating wild animals like monkeys is a bad idea, but that feeling doesn't interfere with her taking care of them: "If it will fit through the door, I'll treat it," she says.