National Geographic has renewed a number of its popular shows including “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet,” “Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER,” “The Incredible Dr. Pol,” “Secrets of the Zoo,” “Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa” and “Savage Kingdom.”
Here are the details from “The Wrap” on all of the National Geographic renewals with their return date for the National Geographic Wild TV channel:
“Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet”
Premieres Saturday, March 21, 8/7c; from Lucky Dog Productions; 8 one-hour episodes
Every day is a new challenge for Dr. Michelle Oakley, the only all-species vet for hundreds of miles in the Yukon. Whether wrestling bison, tracking ibex in the mountains, performing surgery on a bear or braving frozen landscapes to return lynx to the wild, Dr. Oakley does whatever it takes to keep the animals in her charge safe and healthy.
“Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER”
Premieres Sunday, May 31, 9/8c; from Remedy; 6 one-hour episodes
The cases are as wild and unexpected as are the animals that come through the doors. Dr. Susan Kelleher ‘Dr. K’ owns and operates one of the busiest exotic animal care practices in South Florida. Along with her skilled and dedicated staff, she treats a dynamic array of patients ranging from goats to monkeys, birds, rabbits, pigs, fish and every imaginable animal in between. “Everything but dogs and cats. If it will fit through the door, I’ll treat it,” is Dr. K’s motto!
“The Incredible Dr. Pol”
Premieres Summer 2020; from National Geographic Studios; 10 one-hour episodes
On this rip-roaring season, the docs are off to the races as they zoom from critical clinic visits to emergency farm calls. Strap in for a wild ride as the crew of Pol Veterinary Services works around the clock to pull calves, push prolapses and attempt to triage the mayhem that comes with the central Michigan territory. A call comes in from the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office after a four-year-old Beagle mix is hit by a car with no owner in sight. Doc bolts from the clinic to save the wounded pup, but is it enough to get him back on his four paws? Meanwhile, Charles and Beth welcome their bundle of joy, Abigail! The family is over the moon and absolutely smitten with the new addition. It’s sure to be a wild ride on this abscess-draining, bull-wrangling, baby-snuggling, momentous season.
“Secrets of the Zoo”
Premieres Sunday, February 23, 9/8c; from Remedy; 6 one-hour episodes
Season 2 returns with even more behind-the-scenes access to one of the nation’s largest and most popular zoos, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. With 2,000 employees, 10,000 animals, 6,000 veterinary cases and more than 100 animal births each year, the zoo opens its doors to viewers and tells the dramatic, heartwarming and often hilarious stories of the animals they care for. No two days are alike at the zoo as veterinarians and keepers say goodbye to some old animal friends and welcome new ones. And there’s never a dull moment when your patients range from pregnant giraffes and elephants to a cougar with a toothache and a sloth bear with a mysterious condition.
“Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa”
Premieres Summer 2020; from Remedy; 6 one-hour episodes
“Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa” embraces the wild side of the Sunshine State. With a stellar zoo team devoted to an exotic cast of animals, this dedicated team not only cares for its own lovable zoo family but also rescues and rehabs animals in need, including orphaned black bear cubs, injured panthers, manatees, otters and alligators.
Three-week Event Series Premieres Winter 2020 – From Icon Films
In the epic sequel to “Savage Kingdom” comes the eagerly awaited real-life drama from the heart of Mombo, Northern Botswana. In the tumultuous aftermath of the previous season, the kings return to purge the kingdom of the hyenas’ rule and regain control of their lands. As the tables turn, every player in this Big Game of Thrones must fight not only to survive but to defend its rightful place in a changing kingdom. And as more lions enter this bloody battlefield to fight for their share of the power, only the strongest and most audacious can be victorious. War is the heartbeat of the “Savage Kingdom,” and there can be only one ruler.
The majority of these shows are already available on Disney+, so unless Disney change strategy and start adding them soon, we should expect them to be added to Disney+ once they’ve finished their initial run on the National Geographic TV channel. I also would expect the other shows to eventually be added as well.
Which show are you looking forward to returning?