Protecting the Wild

Protecting the Wild

Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom

Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom

Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom is back with Protecting the Wild. This new series showcases conservation success and inspires the next generation of conservationists. Watch Wild Kingdom's newest journey now.

Bear Cub Rescue

Episode 1

When a devastating fire leaves two young bear cubs stranded and severely burned, the wildlife heroes of PAWS rehabilitation center spring into action to save the injured animals before it’s too late. Join host Peter Gros and special guest Dr. Rae Wynn Grant as they travel to the Pacific Northwest to meet the team and share their inspiring story of rescue, recovery, and release of these magnificent endangered animals back to the wild.

Featured Organizations: PAWS Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Behind the Scenes

Spirit of the Condor

Episode 2

Once declared extinct in the wild, the California condor has made a tremendous recovery in the United States thanks to captive breeding, conservation and rehabilitation programs. However they remain critically endangered, and continue to face new challenges in the modern world. Host Peter Gros hits the road to visit top experts in the field for a first-hand look at trials and tribulations of restoring North America’s largest bird.

Featured Organizations: Institute for Wildlife Studies Oregon Zoo Santa Barbara Zoo U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Yurok Condor Restoration Program

Behind the Scenes

Nuclear Crocs of the Everglades

Episode 3

Since the late 1960’s, the Croc Team at Turkey Point Clean Energy facility has provided a haven for the American crocodile. As one of the few reptiles in the world to require both fresh and saltwater to survive, the cooling canals that span hundreds of miles on the South Florida coast are a perfect refuge for these once endangered animals to thrive. Host Peter Gros joins the team for an exploration into their work protecting and restoring the population.

Featured Organizations: Florida Power and Light Turkey Point Clean Energy Facility

Behind the Scenes

Crossing Cougar Country

Episode 4

Whether you call them bobcats, cougars, leopards, jaguars or mountain lions, one thing remains the same; big cats live among us. Today, thanks to dangerous highways and interstates dissecting their natural habitats, they are facing a unique challenge to their survival. Join host Peter Gros as he travels coast to coast from Florida to Los Angeles to learn what people are doing to protect these elusive animals, and what you can do to help.

Featured Organizations: Florida Wildlife Federation fStop Foundation National Wildlife Federation National Park Service

Behind the Scenes

Lost Coral of Key West

Episode 5

Coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean floor, but are home to 25% of all marine life. As climate change, pollution and disease ravage this precious resource, the scientists at the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project are racing the clock to restore these dying reefs before they are gone forever. Join host Peter Gros as he follows this incredible team defying the odds to reproduce, rebuild and restore Florida’s reefs one single piece at a time.

Featured Organizations: AZA Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project Disney Conservation Fund Florida Coral Rescue Center Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium SeaWorld Orlando The Florida Aquarium

Behind the Scenes

Meet the Host and Featured Experts of Protecting the Wild!

Our hosts of both the classic episodes of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and our new series, Protecting the Wild, are more than television stars. They’re wildlife conservationists, naturalists and animal experts who share stories of Earth’s most vulnerable species. Learn more about these experts.

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