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TV series set at Busch Gardens to premiere on ABC


Published:   |   Updated: August 14, 2013 at 07:08 AM

The animals at Busch Gardens are used to having an audience. Now the veterinarians, technicians and trainers who care for them will get a piece of the spotlight, too.

“The Wildlife Docs,” a new television series offering a behind-the-scenes look at the work of those who care for the Tampa theme park’s more than 12,000 exotic animals, will premiere Oct. 5 on most ABC affiliates.

That work includes anything from assisting with the birth of tiger cubs to giving an elephant a pedicure, the park said in a news release announcing the show.

Much of the series will take place in Busch Gardens’ Animal Care Center, the $5 million, state-of-the-art facility that opened at the park last year. The facility, which features floor-to-ceiling windows on its surgical suites, allows park guests to watch vets as they examine and operate on animals.

The show will air during the same block of Saturday morning shows as “SeaWorld’s Sea Rescue with Sam Champion,” which follows a marine animal rescue team from Busch Gardens’ sister park SeaWorld.

Both shows are being produced by Litton Entertainment, and both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme parks are operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

“The ‘Wildlife Docs’ is the perfect companion show to ‘Sea Rescue,’ “ SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment CEO Jim Atchison said in a statement. “We care for one of the world’s largest zoological populations and also help save animals in the wild, and these shows allow us to deliver these emotional stories in a powerful way. Whether our team members are rescuing a stranded dolphin on the beach or caring for a new baby zebra on Busch Gardens veldt, these extraordinary individuals are dedicated 24/7 to caring for animals.”

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