Disney has announced that National Geographic has ordered a second season of the Disney+ Original series, “Animals Up Close With Bertie Gregory”.

Filming is currently underway on the next eight episodes in the series, which will see National Geographic Explorer and BAFTA-winning cinematographer Bertie Gregory and his team will travel to the most spectacular corners of our planet to take viewers deep into the natural world and showcase extraordinary animal lives.

In the first season, Bertie ventured the world — from Antarctica to Africa and South America to Asia — tracking down extraordinary animals to film their daily lives. Armed with drones, state-of-the-art cameras, and underwater tech, he and his team braved subzero seas, climbed snow-capped mountains, and slept suspended 120 feet in the air to reveal the challenges these animals endure. Viewers witnessed unique and rare moments, like humpback whales purposely disrupting a hunt of an endangered pod of killer whales in Antarctica, a male sea lion defending pups from a huge Galapagos shark, and, by using a military-grade thermal imaging camera in Patagonia, Bertie and his team filmed a guardian shepherd dog defending a flock of sheep from a hunting puma for the first time.

In the newest season of “Animals Up Close”, fans can expect to witness Bertie travel the world on a new set of adventures to capture wildlife behaviours like never before, showcasing an intimate picture of animals’ daily battles. Previously, Bertie immersed audiences in the gripping real-life dramas of iconic animals. Now, he’s making it personal, choosing the stories that matter the most on our rapidly changing planet to provide a more intimate and awe-inspiring view of the natural world.

The immersive and unique wildlife series will continue to capture the challenges of natural history filmmaking and show the behind-the-scenes moments Bertie and his team face while adapting to unpredictable wildlife in remote environments where filming rarely goes as planned. Like last season, there is no script for “Animals Up Close”, but Bertie will bring the audience with him every step of the way.

 “Animals Up Close” was recently nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards — in the Travel, Adventure and Nature Program as well as Cinematography categories — and a BAFTA TV Craft Award nomination in the Photography: Factual category. The series won an RTS West of England Award for Sound, and Bertie was also nominated for hosting in the On Screen Talent category. He took home the award for the latter category in 2023 for hosting “Epic Adventures With Bertie Gregory”, which is also available to stream on Disney+. 

“Animals Up Close with Bertie Gregory” is produced by Wildstar Films for National Geographic. Bertie Gregory is host, producer and director of photography. For Wildstar, the executive producer is Anwar Mamon, and the series producer is Jennie Hammond. For National Geographic, Janet Han Vissering is SVP, Production and Development, and Drew Jones serves as executive producer.

You can watch the first season of “Animals Up Close With Bertie Gregory” on Disney+ now.

Roger’s POV:  It’s great to see National Geographic continue their adventures with Bertie Gregory, who is a real nice guy who just loves animals and as someone who has enjoyed the last two shows he’s made for Disney+, I’m certainly looking forward to this new one, plus the next season of “Secrets Of The Penguins”, which comes out next year for Earth Day!

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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