TV One’s top rating show, Wild Vets continues in the third series with more stories from the vets who work with zoo animals and some of new Zealand’s most endangered birds.
Many of the faces from the previous two series are back for the third, alongside vets who are appearing for the first time and, as always, the challenges they face are as varied as the animals they have to work with.
Kate McInnis from the Department of Conservation takes us on hunts for short-tailed bats in Fiordland and Great Spotted Kiwi eggs in Kahurangi National Park. Brett Gartrell and the team at Massey Wildlife Health Centre are working with kiwis, takahes and moreporks.
Wellington Zoo’s newest head vet, Lisa Argilla has to check out monkeys, cheetahs, and the world’s smallest monkey. At Hamilton zoo, vet Mike Goold is treating an agouti and operating on a tiger and at Orana Wildlife Park, Dave Martin is back with lions, cheetahs and a kangaroo called Matilda. At Natureland Zoo in Nelson we meet vet Mana Stratton.and a tiny capuchin called CJ.
There are baby lions, a newborn Giraffe called Savannah and, at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, vet Pauline Howard faces a life and death struggle to save a newly hatched kiwi chick.
Perhaps the most endearing story of the series is the tale of Pixie the penguin, who arrived at vet Mana Stratton’s sanctuary in Nelson weighing just 66 grams. Over the course of the series we follow Mana’s battle to save Pixie and get her back to the wild.
In Wild Vets, the struggle to keep animals in good health is often tense, sometimes dangerous and always interesting.
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Producer: John Bates
Thanks to: The Vets who shared their stories
Exec producer: Andrea Lamb
Network exec: Kathryn Graham
Post production director/writer: Karen Bates
Offline Editors: Bryan Shaw, Glen Molesworth
Online Editor: James Gardner
Production manager: Hebe van Schagen
Production coordinator: Carita de Jong
Camera: Hayden Campbell, Baz Caitcheon, Fraser Heal, Brian Wickstead, Gary Hopper, Chris Murray
Sound Mix: Suite 16
Narrator: Mike Hall
Music: Liquid Studios, Shane Warbrooke
Production accountants: Hina Dalwadi, Heidi Salter
Financial Controller: Glenda Paterson
Funded by: TVNZ