Nat Geo WILD Announces Refreshing Summer Programming Slate

Nat Geo WILD Announces Refreshing Summer Programming Slate

NAT GEO WILD had a blazing-hot winter with 1Q14 being its highest-rated and most watched quarter among all key demos. But summer isn't cooling down for this animal-loving network. We're preparing for a fun-in-the-sun summer with some of our favorite returning series and new specials. Grab the kids for a little quality family time with our favorite furry animal friends.

Nat Geo WILD Executive Vice President and General Manager Geoff Daniels announced today a refreshing summer slate tapping into the network's family-friendly animal programming. Letting the wild into every home, the robust summer slate includes the return of our favorite veterinarian and No. 1 NAT GEO WILD series, The Incredible Dr. Pol, and National Geographic Fellow Zeb Hogan's popular Monster Fish. New series include Pond Stars, Animals Gone Wild and miniseries Urban Jungle with big cat tracker Boone Smith. New specials include Kingdom of the Apes with Jane Goodall introducing, Wonder of Dogs, Secret Life of Cats and Giant Pandas.

"Nat Geo Wild is the one destination the entire family can agree on this summer, said Daniels. "With more awesome animal specials and amazing series than ever before, our viewers will have a blast letting WILD into their homes every day and making this network their happy place."

The Summer Slate Includes:



Premieres Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Dive into the wild world of ponds with Greg Wittstock, one of the most experienced backyard pond builders we've ever seen. The goal: to completely transform boring backyards and plain public spaces into inspiring natural habitats and wonderful oases for local critters. Greg and his expert team - Brian, Ed and Chris - tackle entire backyard remodels and rehab malfunctioning ponds. Together the Pond Stars transform people's yards and lives by reconnecting both of them to the natural world.


Premieres Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT
How outrageous can the animal kingdom get? Whether it's out-of-bounds behavior or savage instincts run amok, when animals act out, they're forces to be reckoned with. From the mysterious depths of the deep Blue sea to the jungle's untamed edge, see just how rough, rowdy and lawless Mother Nature's most unruly creatures can be. A deer crashes into a bus's windshield only to walk out alive. A rabbit dodges cars on a highway to escape a fire. When your number's up, it's up. Or is it?



Premieres Monday, July 7, 2014, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Passed down from generation to generation, tales of epic battles between man and megafish - underwater goliaths the size of cars and Man-Eating killers lurking in the murky depths - may seem unbelievable. Inspired by these local legends, fish biologist and National Geographic Fellow Zeb Hogan embarks on his biggest fishing adventure yet: a mission to distinguish fact from fiction in some of the most remote regions of the planet.


Premieres Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

The lovable, house-call-making Dr. Pol is back - and up to his elbows in animals needing his care. WILD's No. 1 series returns for another season as everyone's favorite veterinarian wields his knowledge to deliver oversized calves and diagnose lethargic llamas. Dr. Pol comes to the rescue for more unstoppable emergencies, taking no bull from anyone ... except for maybe an actual bull.



Premieres Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

DOGS! One of America's favorite pets. No other species in history has found its way into our hearts and homes like the domestic dog. This is perhaps their greatest achievement, but how have they done it? Cooperation or cunning, design or default? In this three-part special, we will chart the remarkable journey of the domestic dog from one common ancestor to the more than 300 breeds we see today. Along the way we'll unearth the extraordinary stories behind some of the world's most iconic breeds and discover that hidden in their DNA are reflections of our own human history.

KINGDOM OF THE APES with Jane Goodall (Two-Part Special)

Premieres Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Primatologist Jane Goodall introduces Kingdom of the Apes, taking us into Tanzania's famed Gombe Stream National Park - where Jane began her pioneering work more than 50 years ago - to get a close look at the chimpanzee characters residing in this park. We witness the trials and tribulations of the animal kingdom. Who will dominate? Who is the smartest? Who has the courage to fight? Our cameras unveil not only the intricate personalities of the apes, but also the very distinct culture of a group.


Premieres Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at 10 p.m. ET/PT

CATS! They are always there for us, rain or shine. NAT GEO WILD takes an intimate and revealing look into the world of our closest feline friends. We'll follow the incredible story of a newborn kitten as it grows into a nimble, athletic neighborhood cat. Cutting-edge natural-history filming techniques reveal how its incredible supersenses develop and how its amazing body takes shape. We'll also meet other cats of all shapes and sizes, from a slinky Siamese - bred for its graceful looks - to trusty Tabbies - bred to hunt vermin.


Premieres Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at 9 p.m. ET/PT

The giant panda is one of the world's most iconic bears. They are known for their black and white markings and loved for their doleful, bespectacled eyes, but they are also critically endangered. Now the race is on to save them from extinction. In the world-premiere special, Giant Pandas, NAT GEO WILD takes you on the incredible journey of breeding a panda in captivity, to its dramatic release into the wild. We will witness firsthand the groundbreaking initiative to increase the panda population and raise awareness about this endangered species.


For more than 30 years, National Geographic has been the leader in wildlife programming. The networks NAT GEO WILD and NAT GEO WILD HD, launched in 2010, offer intimate encounters with nature's ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of land, sea and air that draw upon the cutting-edge work of the many explorers, filmmakers and scientists of the National Geographic Society. Part of the National Geographic Channels US, based in Washington, D.C., the networks are a joint venture between National Geographic and FOX Cable Networks. In 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) debuted, and 10 years later, Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nation's major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NAT GEO WILD currently available in over 58 million U.S. homes. Globally, NAT GEO WILD is available in more than 144 million homes in 140 countries and 28 languages. For more information, visit