The films are to form part of the net’s Sunday night ‘Destination Wild’ strand, which presents blue-chip natural history programming.
Leading the film showcase is Chimpanzee, which follows a young chimp named Oscar through the African rainforest. The doc – which is narrated by actor Tim Allen – will have its network TV premiere on January 11 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.
Other films set to enjoy network TV premieres throughout the year include Bears, which follows Alaskan bear cubs Amber and Scout, and Wings of Life, looking at winged creatures from hummingbirds to bats.
The remaining films premiering on the net include Oceans, which investigates deep-water creatures; African Cats, on a group of cheetahs and lions in the Savanna; and The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos, on thousands of flamingos who migrate to Lake Natron in northern Tanzania.
Also premiering on the network will be Disney Library film Deep Blue, which follows sea creatures such as polar bears and sharks.