The Meryl Streep-narrated Disneynature: Wings of Life and the doc Land of 10,000 Grizzlies are among 15 specials set to air on U.S. net Nat Geo Wild’s ‘Destination Wild’ strand this summer.
The specials – which are to air across 12 consecutive weeks – examine the hardships and habitats of a number of creatures, including birds, lemurs, elephants, monkeys, and an array of wildlife found throughout Mexico, Botswana, Russia, Brazil and Spain.
The strand will launch on Nat Geo Wild on July 12 at 9 p.m. EST/PST, beginning with a detailed look at a bird’s daily struggle to survive in Real Angry Birds. Rounding out the specials in late September is Land of 10,000 Grizzlies, which explores the journey of millions of salmon that reproduce in Russia’s far east Kamchatka Peninsula, drawing some 10,000 grizzly bears to its shores. The special airs on September 27 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.
Additional documentaries will include the David Attenborough-narrated Clever Monkeys (July 26, 10 p.m. EST/PST), which charts the intelligence, empathy and social manipulation of our primate cousins; Fur Seal Battleground (August 9 at 9 p.m. EST/PST), chronicling the attempts of two seal pups to be among the 50% that survive the first year of life; The Kangaroo King (August 16 at 10 p.m. EST/PST), which showcases rare footage of a red kangaroo birth through specialized in-pouch cameras; and the Meryl Streep-narrated Disneynature: Wings of Life (September 13 at 8 p.m. EST/PST), which takes an in-depth look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers, and will enjoy its network television premiere.
Remaining specials include The Eagles (July 12 at 10 p.m. EST/PST); Brazil (July 19 at 9 p.m. EST/PST); Kings of Baja (August 2 at 10 p.m. EST/PST); Lemur Island (August 9 at 10 p.m. EST/PST); Alpine Underworld (August 23 at 8 p.m. EST/PST); Wild Spain (August 23 at 9 p.m. EST/PST); Elephant Queen (August 30 at 9 p.m. EST/PST); Boteti (September 6 at 10 p.m. EST/PST); and Behind Russia’s Frozen Curtain (September 20 at 9 p.m. EST/PST).
“We are proud to be the only network that dedicates one night every week to wildlife programming,” said Geoff Daniels, executive VP and GM of Nat Geo Wild, in a statement. “When it comes to appointment television, ‘Destination Wild’ has something for the entire family. We bring you the most intimate wildlife encounters, unmatched cinematography and fascinating stories from some of the greatest filmmakers in the world.”