Airs Wednesdays, June 18 & 25, 2014 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Aired 5/21/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Elliott Kennerson, Filmmaker, Animal R&R
Beth Ugoretz, Ex. Director, Project Wildlife
Project Wildlife Resources
Project Wildlife hotline: 619-225-WILD (9453)
Fund For Animals Resources
"Animal R&R" is a two-part documentary 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.
ABOUT PROJECT WILDLIFE:
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).
ABOUT THE FUND FOR ANIMALS:
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.
GO BEHIND THE SCENES
Go behind the scenes of "Animal R&R" with producer Elliott Kennerson and rehabilitators from Project Wildlife and The Fund for Animals seen in the show. Learn about the making of the documentary and local efforts for rescue and rehabilitation of animals in San Diego. You'll also get to see unreleased footage from the producers! This event takes place Saturday, June 21st from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. RSVP NOW
KPBS's Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane and Peggy Pico contributed to the Midday and Evening Edition segments of this story.