ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether assisting with the birth of tiger cubs or giving an elephant a pedicure, no day is the same for the zoological professionals of Busch Gardens® Tampa -- the land-animal sister park to SeaWorld® -- who will star in a new TV series this fall.
The new series The Wildlife Docs™ -- which premieres October 5 on most ABC stations during the Saturday morning Litton's Weekend Adventure block -- goes behind the scenes with this elite team of veterinarians, technicians and trainers as they care for the more than 12,000 exotic animals that inhabit Busch Gardens. Viewers get an up-close look at the ground-breaking medical procedures and enriching care that are just part of a day's work for this dedicated group.
Much of the show will take place in the park's new Animal Care Center, an innovative, 16,000-square-foot medical center that brings park guests into the animal care experience. The Animal Care Center includes a nutrition center, treatment rooms, clinical lab and viewing areas.
In addition, this fall kicks off the third season of SeaWorld's Sea Rescue™ with Sam Champion, which also airs during Litton's Weekend Adventure block. Sea Rescue tells the stories of marine animal rescue, rehabilitation and release by the SeaWorld rescue team and its partners. The popular show has been seen by more than 86 million viewers in its first two seasons.
The Wildlife Docs is produced in partnership with Litton Entertainment, a leading independent production and distribution company. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ operates 11 U.S. theme parks, including SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, and is one of the world's foremost zoological organizations. The company has helped lead advances in the care of animals in zoological facilities as well as the conservation of wild populations. In 2011, it began expanding into new entertainment platforms, connecting people to nature and animals through movies, television and digital media.
"The Wildlife Docs is the perfect companion show to Sea Rescue," said Jim Atchison, President and Chief Executive Officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. "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."
"As we begin our third season, I'm extremely pleased to welcome The Wildlife Docs to Litton's Weekend Adventure. The show continues our successful and gratifying mission to take viewers on unique educational adventures," said Dave Morgan CEO and President of Litton Entertainment.
About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Shamu® and Busch Gardens®. Over its more than 50-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind collection of approximately 67,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company's theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests. In addition to its theme parks, the company has recently begun to leverage its brands into media, entertainment and consumer products. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company (NYSE: SEAS). Copies of this and other news releases as well as additional information about SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. can be obtained online at www.seaworldentertainment.com. Shareholders and prospective investors can also register to automatically receive the Company's press releases, SEC filings and other notices by e-mail.
About Litton Entertainment Litton Entertainment, the preeminent independent distributor in the television industry has been creating and distributing quality programming for over twenty years. Litton's Weekend Adventure, produced by Litton Studios, is the first of its kind in syndication airing Saturdays on ABC stations following Good Morning America. Litton's Weekend Adventure features six high-definition, original E/I series including Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown, Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, Born to Explore, Sea Rescue with Sam Champion, The Wildlife Docs, and Expedition Wild. Litton recently announced a partnership with CBS on a new Saturday morning programming block branded "The CBS Dream Team, It's Epic!" that will premiere on the CBS Television Network on Saturday, September 28, 2013.Additional programs provided by Litton include Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures, Jack Hanna's Into the Wild, Storm Stories, and Animal Exploration with Jarod Miller. Litton also operates Litton News Source which distributes Consumer Reports Television. For more information about Litton Entertainment, visit www.litton.tv
SOURCE SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment