The Wildlife Docs

Ages: 13 - 16Producer: Litton Entertainment

Who can resist watching a light-footed little lemur make its way across the ground or up a tree? The creatures from Madagascar with their strange, piercing eyes and long tails are so odd and unusual.

The Wildlife Docs, hosted by Rachel Reenstra, devoted a lengthy segment to lemurs on a recent episode. The Duke Lemur Center was featured as a way of noting that lemurs are “the most threatened mammal” in the world. It was a little scary seeing a sick, limp lemur as doctors were treating it, but animal health and welfare are at the heart of this show.

From anteaters to rhinos, The Wildlife Docs wants to educate viewers about animals in need. Teamed with Busch Gardens in Tampa, the show sometimes travels the world and sometimes will feature animals being treated right in the Florida hospital. A sedated gorilla being checked for a broken pelvis is a sight to behold. And it may not be for everyone.

But for the most part, The Wildlife Docs is a show that imparts information while also offering footage of animals you don’t find in your own backyard.

Ann Oldenburg ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim 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.