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Animal R&R

Airs Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: This red-shouldered hawk, who got entangled in a fence, tastes freedom again after four weeks in rehabilitation.

Aired 5/21/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Elliott Kennerson, Filmmaker, Animal R&R

Beth Ugoretz, Ex. Director, Project Wildlife


ANIMAL R&R is a documentary series about imperiled wild animals in San Diego County and the people who give them a second chance. Narrated by Joan Embery, the series follows Project Wildlife and Fund for Animals, San Diego rescue centers that take in sick, injured, lost, and orphaned wild animals. In a city well known for its celebration of exotic species, ANIMAL R&R reveals the heroism and beauty of the region's humble, native creatures. With their stories as through line, ANIMAL R&R goes further, taking a broader look at the history and environment of San Diego, the most biologically diverse county in the nation.

An expert panel investigates the context each rescue story, offering social, historical, and scientific perspectives. Ultimately audiences will take away fresh insights into how the coexistence of humans and wildlife works along the many abrupt and shifting boundaries of San Diego, a uniquely patterned and essentially Californian place.

ANIMAL R&R is on Facebook.


Since 1972, Project Wildlife's dedicated volunteers have given injured, orphaned and sick wild animals a second chance at life. This commitment to helping wild animals has grown tremendously and Project Wildlife is now one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation organizations in the country. Our medical staff and volunteers assist 8-10,000 birds and mammals each year and we have cared for over 320 species to date. Project Wildlife is on Facebook, Pinterest and you can follow @projectwildlife on Twitter. The Project Wildlife hotline: 619-225-WILD (9453).


The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center is located in northeast San Diego County in Ramona, California. The 13-acre facility provides medical and rehabilitative care for native predatory species of wild mammals and birds. A fully equipped medical center and trained staff and volunteers ensure that the special needs of ill, injured, or orphaned wildlife can be met year-round. The center specializes in hawks, owls, eagles, skunks, coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions. A 150-foot, free-flight enclosure enables birds of prey—from Cooper's hawks to Golden eagles—to exercise their atrophied muscles after recovering from illness or injury. Once rehabilitated, the birds are released back into their home territory. The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center is on Facebook.








Baby Screech Owl: ANIMAL R&R

Project Wildlife helps a young screech owl so he can return to the wild.



Animal R&R: TV Promo for KPBS from Elliott Kennerson on Vimeo.

KPBS's Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane and Peggy Pico contributed to the Midday and Evening Edition segments of this story.

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aea32 | May 21, 2014 at 4:49 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

Great show! But . . . so sorry to know about the problems at Project Wildlife this last year. They seem to have lost site of their mission -- caring for animals -- and have been adversely affected by in-fighting, organization politics, and just plain bad decision making (including the firing of their best staff); all this has been at the expense of the animals who so desperately need our help and financial support. As long time donors, we have redirected our philanthropic dollars to Fund for Animals and Mostly Monkeys (Ramona, CA). What a shame.

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Wild4Life | May 21, 2014 at 9:40 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

Yes, PW has unfortunately been beset by conflicts recently. But, although some bad administrative decisions have been made, don't forget that the 500+ volunteers are continuing to work 24/7/365 to care for these animals. We haven't ALL lost sight of the mission.

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aea32 | May 22, 2014 at 7:28 p.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

Excellent point, and thank goodness for all those good & dedicated people. Still so sad that the PW board hasn't been more on top of things. The lost (and most dedicated & skilled) staff, and some volunteers & donors as well, are serious losses. Sincerely hope that the board learns their lesson and takes the proactive actions necessary to save PW.

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Birdgirl | May 25, 2014 at 9:21 a.m. ― 2 years, 9 months ago

Great job on the show! As a former PW volunteer I have to agree with the above posts though. PW has gone through a very unfortunate phase this past year, which is why I left. The animal care has gone significantly downhill, which hasn't been helped with the loss of many skilled staff - both to being let go for speaking their concerns, and to quitting because the environment has become so bad. The only saving grace right now are the multitudes of volunteers who still care about, and follow, the mission of putting animals first. Until the business office and board start doing this as well, and start actually listening to the numerous concerns that their own staff and volunteers have been voicing for the past year, then things will continue going downhill. Right now the office and board seemed more concerned with sweeping things under the carpet then actually listening and correcting things. It's a shame for the animals because they are ultimately the ones affected the most. Skilled, trained, licensed staff should be the ones in charge of animal care, particularly the medical side of things.

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