TAMPA — Elephants, tiger cubs and other exotic animals that live at Busch Gardens will star in a new TV series premiering Oct. 5.
The show, The Wildlife Docs, will give a behind-the-scenes look at the work of veterinarians, technicians and trainers who care for the park's 12,000 animals. Episodes will explore the everyday duties of the zoological staff, from assisting the birth of tiger cubs to giving an elephant a pedicure to cleaning the teeth of a Muntjac deer.
Much of the show will be taped at the Tampa park's new 16,000-square-foot Animal Care Center, which has a nutrition center, treatment rooms, a clinical lab and guest viewing area.
The Wildlife Docs is the second TV series for SeaWorld Entertainment, a public company since April that operates 11 U.S. theme parks, including SeaWorld in Orlando and Busch Gardens. SeaWorld's Sea Rescue with San Champion tells the stories of marine animals who were rescued, rehabilitated and released by SeaWorld's team and partners. It kicks off its third season this fall.
Both shows are part of Litton Entertainment's Litton's Weekend Adventure airing Saturday mornings on most ABC stations. The syndicated programming block also includes Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown, Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, Born to Explore and Expedition Wild.