“Bearwalker of the Northwoods” Kicks off Eighth Season of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom on Animal Planet

Omaha, Neb. – (March 29, 2010) As one of America’s longest-running and most beloved television series, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom kicks off its eighth season on Animal Planet on Sunday, April 4, with a unique look into the world of Minnesota’s black bears.

Still airing in its famed 6 p.m. CT Sunday timeslot, Wild Kingdom will take viewers on an unforgettable six-week journey across the globe – bringing them face-to-face with amazing animals struggling to survive in our ever-changing world.

“Since its premiere in 1963, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, has helped shape viewers perspectives on the value of protecting our wildlife and their habitats,” said Mutual of Omaha Senior Vice President John Hildenbiddle. “We’re proud to build upon this tradition by introducing new generations to Wild Kingdom – highlighting amazing individuals who have dedicated their lives to understanding and saving wildlife.”

The 2010 season kicks off with “Bearwalker of the Northwoods.” For nearly 40 years, Dr. Lynn Rogers has devoted his life to understanding the black bears of northern Minnesota. Over time, he’s been able to develop an incredibly close bond with these bears. From the miracle of birth to the sadness of death to the fear of being hunted, it all comes together to demonstrate that black bears and people can live in relative harmony.

The 2010 season also features:

  • The Last Lioness, Sunday, April 11: Driven by loneliness, the last surviving lioness on Zambia’s Liuwa Plain bonds with cameraman Herbert Brauer. Watch as Brauer helps reintroduce other lions before they disappear forever from the Liuwa Plain.
  • Mountains of the Monsoon, Sunday, April 18: Follow naturalist Sandesh Kadur’s journey across India’s Western Ghats mountains as he captures images of the elusive Malabar civet and Annamali fox, two of India’s most threatened species.
  • World’s Largest Shark, Sunday, April 25: Join marine biologist Mark Meekan on an ambitious study to tag dozens of whale sharks – tracking their movements with satellite technology and on-board cameras. His study could reveal one of the greatest migrations on earth.Manta Queen, Sunday, May 2: Giving up everything for a new life, Andrea Marshall, a young marine biologist set out to observe the manta rays of Mozambique. Her findings have rocked the scientific community – providing fascinating insight into the lives of these enigmatic creatures.China’s Last Elephants, Sunday, May 9: On the brink of extinction, 250 elephants roam the jungles of Southeastern China. Watch as Grace Gabrial attempts to change the way local people feel about these animals before they’re gone forever.

For more information, visit www.wildkingdom.com. Fans of Wild Kingdom are also able to interact with us on the “Wild Kingdom TV” Facebook and YouTube sites.

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