Hope in the Wild

Ages: 13 - 16Manufacturer: Litton Entertainment

This half-hour documentary-style program follows the efforts of committed biologists and vets at the non-profit Hope for Wildlife Center, which rescues and rehabilitates wild animals. Outdoor enthusiasts and animal-lovers alike will appreciate these nicely-produced stories, highlighting beautiful habitats and heart-melting shots of wildlife.

One episode features orphaned animals. Hope staff explain the challenges of treating baby owls, which include complex feeding schedules and making sure the baby owls don’t imprint on their human caretakers. That same episode features a brown fawn with an unusual symptom: It looks too healthy. It turns out a well-meaning person mistakenly thought the fawn was abandoned, even though its robust health suggested the mother could not have been far away. The challenge then became figuring out the best way to reunite the fawn with its mother.

Other episodes feature a raccoon who serves as a surrogate mom for orphans; rehabilitated kestrels celebrating their return to the wild; and a raven who refuses to leave the rehab center, highlighting the playful bird’s mischief as he moves freely about the center. This episode also manages to address the dangers of humans who attempt to make pets out of wild animals.

A variety of video, interesting interviews and informative narration come together in a program that feels as much like a wildlife travelogue as it does an educational exploration of biology, nature, and conservation.

Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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