WASHINGTON (Oct. 3, 2005)–An unprecedented partnership is launching a new television series this fall only on PBS. Wild Chronicles will connect viewers to the pulse of the planet by offering rare access and in-depth reporting on the state of the natural world by focusing on researchers and explorers in the field who are working to study, protect and preserve. Check local listings for air dates and times.
The series is the result of an innovative collaboration between World Wildlife Fund, Lindblad Expeditions, WLIW New York and National Geographic Mission Programs, the science and education arm of the National Geographic Society. The half-hour, magazine-style show is hosted by Boyd Matson, long-time host of the critically acclaimed National Geographic Explorer series, and will cover the work of a broad alliance of scientists, adventurers, conservationists and others.
Every week Wild Chronicles delivers compelling stories with a global perspective on the wonders and challenges of our world. The series opens the season with an exclusive report from scientists working with the Wildlife Conservation Society who have documented never-before-seen gorilla behavior in Central Africa. Future episodes will cover updates from tornado chasers in the U.S. Midwest, reveal the stomach-churning thrills of extreme white-water kayaking in Mongolia, or go under the Pacific waves to witness the spectacular bubble-net hunting tactics of the humpback whale…from the whales’ perspective.
Host Matson and award-winning, executive producer Mark Bauman combine decades of field experience to generate a sophisticated world view that goes beyond the typical nature program. “Wild Chronicles engages with stories of danger, survival, and curiosity,” notes Matson. “This is a look at the human relationship with nature, highlighting breakthrough science that offers real hope for the future.”
In Wild Chronicles the partners will tell the story of our planet from the vantage of those who have traversed its passageways, probed its scientific mysteries and long advocated for its protection. The series has unique access to National Geographic Mission Programs — a century-old arm of the Society that supports pioneering research and expeditions through programs such as the Conservation Trust, Expeditions Council and the National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence program, which will be a major source of stories for the new series. The direct connection of World Wildlife Fund, Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Mission Programs to travelers and scientists in the wild ensures crucial pipelines to the people and stories viewers want to see.
Forty-two Wild Chronicles episodes are planned for the 2005-06 television season. Segments covering news from nature, scientific revelations, and human exploration and adventure include both original reports from the field as well as updates on some exciting recent discoveries. National Geographic’s trademark Crittercam Unit — having developed specialized video cameras that can be mounted on the backs of lions, great white sharks and grizzly bears — dispatches an animal’s-eye view of life on this untamed earth.
About National Geographic
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. It reaches more than 300 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and its four other magazines; the National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; radio programs; films; books; videos and DVDs; maps; and interactive media. National Geographic has funded more than 8,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy. For more information, log on to nationalgeographic.com; AOL Keyword: NatGeo.
Known in the United States as World Wildlife Fund and recognized worldwide by its panda logo, WWF leads international efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats and to conserve the diversity of life on Earth. Now in its fifth decade, WWF, the global conservation organization, works in more than 100 countries around the world, several of which will be featured in Wild Chronicles.
About Lindblad Expeditions
Lindblad Expeditions operates a fleet of six ships in regions such as Galapagos, Antarctica, Arctic Norway, Alaska and Baja California. Founded by Sven-Olof Lindblad, a pioneer of expedition travel, the company is known for its commitment to sustainable tourism and is the recipient of many environmental awards, including the Condé Nast Traveler Ecotourism Award (2002) and the ASTA/Smithsonian Magazine Environmental Award (1993). Wild Chronicles will often report from the decks of Lindblad Expedition ships as they sail the earth’s seas.
About WLIW New York
Wild Chronicles is presented to the PBS system by WLIW New York, which is the fourth most-watched public television station in the United States, with an average weekly cumulative audience of 1.9 million households in the New York metropolitan area. As a resource for public television stations, WLIW distributes live daily broadcasts of BBC World News, as well as the weekly series Wild Chronicles, Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks and Consuelo Mack WealthTrack. WLIW is a leading producer of PBS fundraising specials including the VISIONS aerial series, and for December 2005, music specials Paul Anka Live and Carly Simon: Moonlight Serenade on the Queen Mary II. For more information, visit wliw.org.