Animal Planet takes viewers out of the home and across the globe this June with a majestic new series, two new specials and four returning favourites. With the media buzz surrounding the infamous Sea Shepherd Captain, Paul Watson, and his crew’s latest journey to the South Ocean Whale Sanctuary in Antarctica, there’s no doubt the third installment of the standout series WHALE WARS is going to keep viewers locked in to Animal Planet this June. Then, for an in-depth look at Dreamworld’s Tiger Island in Australia – once home to celebrity tiger cubs the AWESOME PAWSOME – comes one of two new specials this month, AWESOME PAWSOME 2: THE NEXT GENERATION. And finally, in keeping with our globetrotting trend, catch up with the mysterious East African wildebeest migration on the plains of the Masai Mara, Kenya, with GREAT SAVANNAH RACE.
GREAT SAVANNAH RACE (3X60)
Thursday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Exploring the mysterious procession that takes place every year on the plains of the Masai Mara, Kenya, the GREAT SAVANNAH RACE uses cutting-edge technology to give a reality-TV style spin on the East African wildebeest migration. With over a million animals taking part, the massive herd forms the largest concentration of mammals in the world. However, no one knows what brings them together or why they engage in this furious race across the savannah. For the first time – with the help of satellite navigation and advanced technology – scientists closely follow the great migration and monitor the progress of participants.
AWESOME PAWSOME 2: THE NEXT GENERATION (1X120)
Sunday, June 27 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
In 1998, four Bengal tiger cubs – Sita, Raman, Taj and Sultan – became instant celebrities at Dreamworld’s Tiger Island on Australia’s Gold Coast. Here they were raised in captivity to help preserve their species. Now, over 10 years later, we check in on the Tiger Island team and the new challenges they face working with the incredibly rare Sumatran tiger.
PET PSYCHIC ENCOUNTERS (1X60)
Tuesday, June 29 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
From her psychic readings to helping individuals reunite with lost pets, this special looks at one of America’s most loved and trusted animal communicators and activists, Sonya Fitzpatrick. After a spiritual experience in 1994, Fitzpatrick opened her channels of telepathic communication with animals. Beginning with her own pets, Fitzpatrick uses her clairvoyant skills to communicate with animals of all kinds to help achieve a better understanding of animals, solve behavioural problems and help heal physical ailments.
WHALE WARS 3 (10X60) **Premiere to simulcast on Discovery Channel**
Wednesday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
The Sea Shepherds return for Season 3 of WHALE WARS with more ships, more crew and more fervour as the Antarctic whaling battle continues to escalate. Highlighting both the controversial whaling trade and the tactics that the Sea Shepherd Society and its staff and volunteers use to attempt to cripple it, this series documents the group’s three-month journey to the South Ocean Whale Sanctuary at the far end of the globe.
UNTAMED & UNCUT SEASON 2 (20X60)
Saturday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Animal Planet takes viewers on a journey around the world to meet the people whose lives are forever changed by their amazing, heart-pounding, moving encounters with animals. Detailed computer graphics break down these video flashpoints even further to show exactly what happened during the encounter and complete these awe-inspiring stories. The new season of UNTAMED & UNCUT also features viewer submissions and user-generated content both on-air and online – some of which have never been seen before anywhere in the world.
ANIMAL COPS: MIAMI (9X60)
Sunday, June 13 at 10 p.m. ET/11 p.m. PT
Investigators from the Animal Services Department of Miami Dade, along with 18 animal control officers, cover a beat of 5,180 square kilometres from South Beach Miami to the Everglades. ANIMAL COPS: MIAMI follows these humane law enforcers and their tireless battle against animal cruelty. Join the team as they deal with nearly 2,500 calls a month including: a loose alligator that causes a 14-kilometre backup on the highway; a python found in a public restroom; and a cult that sacrifices animals.
MUTUAL OF OMAHA’S WILD KINGDOM SEASON 8 (6X60)
Monday, June 14 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
From the spectacular reefs of the Mozambique coast to the wilds of the Ghats Mountains in India, the eighth season of MUTUAL OF OMAHA’S WILD KINGDOM traverses the globe to capture the beauty of exotic animals in their natural habitat. This season, cameras follow the black bears of Northern Minnesota, whale sharks, manta rays and devastated lion populations as they struggle to survive – and even thrive – in the most challenging of conditions.