OMAHA, Neb.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom is back in action and traveling across the United States this summer to film an all-new television series, “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild kingdom protecting nature.The series, which debuts in January 2023 on RFD-TV and digital channels, will feature conservation success stories, aiming to inspire the next generation of conservationists.
Starting this week, the Wild Kingdom team, including original show host Peter Gros and local conservation experts, will travel across Florida to showcase animal success stories.
“We are in the beautiful state of Florida for the month of July filming several episodes of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom new series, Protecting the Wild,” said Peter Gros, Certified Exhibit and Animal Educator, environmentalist, television and digital content host. “This series will celebrate the incredible work done by many compassionate conservationists and hopefully encourage a new generation of people who are committed to making a positive impact on the wild kingdom.”
Peter Gros has nearly 30 years of on-the-ground experience with resident wildlife and traveled coast to coast to film the new series this year. After filming throughout the summer, the new series’ debut will coincide with the 60th anniversary of the iconic and beloved program “Wild Kingdom.”
Protecting nature in Florida
Filming in Florida is in conjunction with numerous organizations, including Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facilities Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Other stops include the Florida Coral Rescue Center and the Florida Power & Light Company’s Turkey Point Clean Energy Center. Animals featured in the Florida shoot include:
- American Crocodiles –The once-endangered American crocodile is making a comeback thanks in large part to the successful breeding program of Turkey Point Nuclear Clean Energy Center, a clean energy hub in South Florida. This episode will show how the 11,000 acres of protected land provide ideal habitat for crocodiles to thrive and nest without the risk of flooding. Last year’s program was a huge success, with more newborns produced than in its 40-year history.
- Coral reefs – Believe it or not, corals are animals! Coral reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean floor but are home to around 25% of marine life. Unfortunately, coral reefs around the world are declining due to many factors, including rising water temperatures and ocean acidification caused by climate change and disease. This episode will highlight how local organizations are working to combat reef loss along the Florida coast and how AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across the country are contributing to conservation efforts by becoming repositories for corals.
- Sea turtles and manatees – Human behavior can have both a positive and negative impact on wildlife, especially when it comes to sea turtles and manatees. This episode will highlight how citizen patrols of Florida sea turtle nesting areas and community education have positively impacted turtle populations in Southwest Florida. It will also inform about the severe habitat impact of the red tide on the depletion of the manatee’s food supply, which contributes to the species’ ongoing unusual mortality event.
About Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom
Since its premiere on network television in 1963, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom has been one of the most beloved and respected wildlife programs in television history. Now, launching in January 2023, “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Protecting the Wild” will celebrate conservation success stories, including the great work of caring and compassionate experts and how they are positively impacting the savage kingdom. The new launch also coincides with the 60th anniversary of the iconic and beloved “Wild Kingdom” program. For more information on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, visit wildkingdom.com.
About Omaha Mutual
Founded in 1909, Mutual of Omaha is a highly rated Fortune 300 organization offering a variety of insurance and financial products for individuals, businesses and groups across the United States. As a mutual company, Mutual of Omaha is owned by its policyholders and committed to providing exceptional service to its customers. For more information on Mutual of Omaha, visit www.mutualofomaha.com.