ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether assisting with
the birth of tiger cubs or giving an elephant a pedicure, no day is
the same for the zoological professionals of Busch Gardens@ Tampa --
the land-animal sister park to SeaWorld@ -- who will star in a new TV
series this fall.
The new series The Wildlife Docs -- which premieres October 5 on most
ABC stations during the Saturday morning Litton's Weekend Adventure
block -- goes behind the scenes with this elite team of veterinarians,
technicians and trainers as they care for the more than 12,000 exotic
animals that inhabit Busch Gardens. Viewers get an up-close look at
the ground-breaking medical procedures and enriching care that are
just part of a day's work for this dedicated group.
Much of the show will take place in the park's new Animal Care Center,
an innovative, 16,000-square-foot medical center that brings park
guests into the animal care experience. The Animal Care Center
includes a nutrition center, treatment rooms, clinical lab and viewing
In addition, this fall kicks off the third season of SeaWorld's Sea
RescueT with Sam Champion, which also airs during Litton's Weekend
Adventure block. Sea Rescue tells the stories of marine animal rescue,
rehabilitation and release by the SeaWorld rescue team and its
partners. The popular show has been seen by more than 86 million
viewers in its first two seasons.
The Wildlife Docs is produced in partnership with Litton
Entertainment, a leading independent production and distribution
company. SeaWorld Parks & EntertainmentT operates 11 U.S. theme
parks, including SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, and is one of the world's
foremost zoological organizations. The company has helped lead
advances in the care of animals in zoological facilities as well as
the conservation of wild populations. In 2011, it began expanding into
new entertainment platforms, connecting people to nature and animals
through movies, television and digital media.
"The Wildlife Docs is the perfect companion show to Sea Rescue," said
Jim Atchison, President and Chief Executive Officer for SeaWorld Parks
& Entertainment. "We care for one of the world's largest zoological
populations and also help save animals in the wild, and these shows
allow us to deliver these emotional stories in a powerful way.
Whether our team members are rescuing a stranded dolphin on the beach
or caring for a new baby zebra on Busch Gardens veldt, these
extraordinary individuals are dedicated 24/7 to caring for animals."
"As we begin our third season, I'm extremely pleased to welcome The
Wildlife Docsto Litton's Weekend Adventure. The show continues our
successful and gratifying mission to take viewers on unique
educational adventures," said Dave Morgan CEO and President of Litton