Hope in the Wild

Ages: 13 - 16Producer: Litton Entertainment Rating: TV G - General Audience

Hope for Wildlife is a charitable wildlife rehabilitation and education organization located in Seaforth, Nova Scotia. The star of the show, Hope Swinimer, has been working since 1997 to rescue, rehabilitate and release animals of all kinds. More than 250 species, in fact. Ms. Swinimer is, the Hope in the wild.

Hope’s first case was a robin that had been attacked by a cat. While working at Dartmouth Veterinary Hospital as a manager, she researched how to care for the injured bird and her career was born. Now, as we see on the show, she’s constantly rescuing and releasing animals, ranging from ravens to racoons.

Hope is serious and caring, a role model for rescuing wild animals in distress. She goes to great lengths to help a baby seal with pneumonia, who might otherwise have been left to die, get well and ready to release back to the sea. An ailing blue heron gets stronger every day with Hope’s help. A group of raven patients squawk loudly in the attic where they’re almost ready for the window to be opened so they can venture back into the woods.

Hope’s passion for wildlife conservation shines through as she tirelessly leads her team on their mission to care for and return each animal to the wild.  “We don’t want them to become tame, but we’re sort of their mom for the time being.”  The wild nature of the show is intriguing; the compassionate nature of Hope is admirable.


Ann Oldenburg ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.