New and Returning Series Claw Their Way into Animal Planet’s Freeview, December 3 – January 2

— November 25, 2019

– Season 3 of Discovery Original DR. KERI: PRAIRIE VET premieres December 13 –
– New series THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO debuts on December 12, while NORTH WOODS LAW, CRICKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS, and THE VET LIFE return with new seasons –

TORONTO (November 25, 2019) – Conservationists, veterinarians, and wild animals herd together in Animal Planet’s nationwide freeview, a jam-packed schedule of new and returning premium programming debuting December 3. Anchoring the freeview period is the return of MADE®-in-Canada series DR. KERI: PRAIRIE VET which follows the action-filled life of veterinarian-on-wheels, Dr. Keri Hudson-Reykdal, as she cares for animals big and small. Viewers can fuel their animal fever with feel-good rescue stories and high-stakes conservation dramas:
  • The all-new series THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO takes viewers behind-the-scenes with not-for-profit organization San Diego Zoo Global, whose mission is to save species worldwide.
  • Fighting against time and unforgiving landscapes, the Conservation Officers of New Hampshire and their K-9 companions return for Season 7 of NORTH WOODS LAW.
  • Recently voted to Time magazine’s Time 100 Next list, Bindi and Robert Irwin, along with their mother Terri Irwin, continue to honour Steve’s mission to bring people closer to animals in Season 2 of CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS.
  • Families grow and lives change but friendship and caring for animals remains the same for Texas-based veterinarians in Season 3 of THE VET LIFE.
The Animal Planet freeview is available through participating television service providers across the country, including but not limited to Bell, Bell Aliant, BellMTS, Cogeco, Eastlink, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw, Shaw Direct, Telus and participating members of the CCSA. Subscribers and non-subscribers alike can sample linear Animal Planet programming during the freeview via set-top box with participating TV providers. See below for premiere dates and descriptions for new and returning series available during Animal Planet’s freeview. All dates are subject to change. THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO – “Welcome To Our World” –  *Series Premiere* Thursday, December 12 at 9 p.m. ET From the producers of Animal Planet’s THE ZOO comes THE ZOO: SAN DIEGO, an all-new series that provides Animal Planet’s audiences with a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at San Diego Zoo Global, whose mission is to save species worldwide while inspiring passion for animals and nature. Featuring two parks, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park as well as the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo Global is home to more than 700 species and 3,500 animals. In the series premiere titled “Welcome To Our World”, the California Condor team at the Safari Park goes to unbelievable lengths to save a baby klipspringer, a highly endangered species, who is born on one of the coldest nights of the season and is miraculously nursed back to health. NORTH WOODS LAW – “Wild Winter” – Season 7 Premiere Tuesday, December 3 at 10 p.m. ET It’s all about teamwork in Season 7 of NORTH WOODS LAW, with new investigations, bigger stakes and even wilder animals. With the help of new trainees and the indispensable and adorable K-9 force, the Conservation Officers of New Hampshire take on everything the state can throw at them. From its beautiful but merciless mountain ranges to its remote and picturesque rivers, New Hampshire provides a never-ending series of challenges for Conservation Officers. Whether it’s fighting time on a search and rescue; preserving and protecting the state’s resources; enforcing rules on both land and water; or tracking down elusive criminals, there is never a dull moment for this elite group. In the premiere episode of NORTH WOODS LAW, “Wild Winter”, Officer Bronson questions a hunter who shot a deer without having the proper permit, while Officer Demler runs radar on a popular snowmobile trail. Sgt. Lucas investigates a suspicious deer kill site and Officer Cyrs responds to a snowmobile accident. CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS – “Bosco the Croc’s Big Move” – Season 2 Premiere Thursday, December 5 at 10 p.m. ET They’re back! In Season 2 of CRIKEY! IT’S THE IRWINS, Terri, Bindi, and Robert continue Steve Irwin’s mission to bring people closer to animals and inspire them to become “Wildlife Warriors”, working together to protect and preserve our environment and its wildlife. Never before had it been so important to spread their message of conservation to ensure an abundance of wildlife for generations to come. In the first episode, “Bosco the Croc’s Big Move”, Robert takes on the challenging talk of relocating Bosco, the most aggressive croc at the zoo. Bindi must investigate Forest the giraffe’s bad knee problem. Terri helps Harley the koala find love at the end of a difficult breeding season. KERI: PRAIRIE VET – “The Doctor Is In…and Out” – Season 3 Premiere Friday, December 13 at 10 p.m. ET In the premiere episode, “The Doctor Is In… and Out,” Dr. Keri has been working 24/7 for weeks on the road in the mobile vet clinic, Keri is finally looking forward to heading home when she gets an urgent call - her beloved dog Siri is seriously ill. It’s another all-nighter for Keri and Calvin as they investigate the potential causes. Juggling her mobile vet clinic practice, the clinic in town, and the frequent emergencies on the farm has left Keri completely exhausted. It’s time for a little work/life balance and a weekend away camping with Calvin, the cows, and her horses on the island is the perfect answer. THE VET LIFE – “The Pig Whisperers” – Season 3 Premiere Friday, December 20 at 9 p.m. ET Business has been booming for Texas-based veterinarians and best friends Dr. Diarra Blue, Dr. Aubrey Ross, and Dr. Michael Lavigne after the opening of their second animal clinic in the Houston area. In Season 3 of THE VET LIFE, audiences will continue to witness the doctors’ practices and families grow. Dr. Blue and his wife Jessica welcome a baby girl to their family; Dr. Ross helps his brother Tedrick, who suffers from grand mal seizures, get a service dog that will later save his life; and Dr. Lavigne and his wife Anne are enjoying extra time for new hobbies, now that their kids are old enough to take care of themselves. In the premiere episode, “The Pig Whisperers”, Dr. Blue takes on an urgent case after a pit bull suffers a raccoon attack. Dr. Ross takes on an aggressive ferret, and the vets test out their pig whispering skills at an animal rescue.  The doctors also have a surprise announcement for their wives. Despite the unpredictable chaos each day may bring, this group of friends say opening their clinic is the best decision they’ve ever made.

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