OMAHA, Neb. (March 21, 2022) – Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom is back in action, producing a new television series to showcase conservation success stories and to inspire the next generation of conservationists.
The new series, “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Protecting the Wild,” will premiere in January 2023 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the original “Wild Kingdom” show. Since the debut of this groundbreaking nature program in 1963, Mutual of Omaha has been linked to conservation and a commitment to protecting the Earth’s wildest places. The 10 episodes will air on RFD-TV and digital channels.
According to Jen Wulf, vice president of Brand Strategy and Engagement at Mutual of Omaha, Wild Kingdom is proud to collaborate with leading habitat and wildlife conservation organizations, such as the National Wildlife Federation and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), to bring greater awareness to specific animal and habitat related issues.
“We are excited to build on the conservation legacy of our original show,” Wulf said. “Our storylines will focus on the good as we celebrate the great work by many caring, compassionate individuals and how they are making a positive impact on the Wild Kingdom.”
Peter Gros of the original “Wild Kingdom” show hosts the new series and appears alongside featured guests from conservation organizations. Some of the endangered animals featured in the series include Florida panthers, cougars, bears, wolves, coral and more.
“Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom has a long legacy of educating people about animals, habitats and conservation,” Gros said. “This series shows that it’s not all doom and gloom in the wild and that many species of once endangered animals are making a comeback. We hope to reach a new generation of people who will make a commitment to preserving our natural world.”
Some of the animal success stories featured in the series include:
- Big Cats
Organizations in Florida and Los Angeles have collaborated to integrate wildlife crossings into development plans, saving panthers, cougars and other native wildlife from being killed by traffic. This is a true example of how animals and humans can live in harmony.
- Black-Footed Ferrets
Thought to be extinct, the black-footed ferret was rediscovered on a family ranch in Wyoming in the 1980s. Through conservation efforts from many state and federal agencies, zoos, Native American tribes, private landowners and conservation organizations, black-footed ferrets have been given a second chance for survival.
- Black Bear Cubs
A wildfire in Washington state drove animals across the region out of their habitat. Among them were two black bear cubs rescued in Lynnwood, Washington. The cubs were barely able to walk, suffered second degree burns and had respiratory issues from inhaling smoke. The bears were rehabilitated and will be released back to the wild.
For additional information about “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Protecting the Wild,” including the show’s filming schedule and adventures, visit www.wildkingdom.com.