Back in October last year we told you about a wildlife “reality” channel to come
— and now we’ve got the clips to prove it. Nat Geo Wild
, a new channel dedicated to adventurous programs featuring animals in the wild, will finally launch a week from today on March 29!
Among the programs kicking off the launch is Expedition Wild with Casey Anderson
, featuring naturalist Casey Anderson and his best friend Brutus, a 900-pound grizzly bear raised in captivity. The premier episode contrasts Casey’s trek up to Alaska’s Kodiak Island to learn about grizzly life — and his efforts back home to teach Brutus the grizzly ways.
The ensuing shenanigans range from funny — Casey looks hilarious trying to catch salmon with his bare hands (clip above) — to slightly discomfiting — because while I understand Brutus was raised in captivity and just can’t catch fish in the wild, I still cringe a bit when watching him eat marshmallows while wading around a small artificial pool (clip below).
Which is to say, Expedition Wild isn’t a simple nature show, but one that’ll push viewers to think about our complex relationships to nature and wildlife. Watch the premier April 5 at 9 pm.
Other Nat Geo Wild shows include Africa’s Lost Eden
, which shows park rangers restore habitat and relocate animals in war-torn Mozambique, and Rebel Monkeys
, which follows a troop of criminally-inclined monkeys in Jaipur, India. There will also be shows dedicated to gorillas
, octopuses, and yes, sharks. So when Shark Island with Enric Sala
premiers on April 19, you’ll really will be able to start living every week like it’s shark week, a la 30 Rock
’s Tracy Morgan!