Nutmeg trying to wake up and become active after hibernation.                                (Kim Grujis photo)

Nutmeg trying to wake up and become active after hibernation. (Kim Grujis photo)

VIDEO: Smithers animal shelter TV series starts June 23

Wild Bear Rescue, based on NLWS’s work with orphaned bears, begins June 23 on Animal Planet.

Animal Planet’s new 12-part original Canadian series Wild Bear Rescue takes viewers to Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter near Smithers, where Angelika and Peter Langen care for at-risk black bear cubs as they prepare for a second chance at life in the wild. Airing Fridays at 7 p.m. beginning June 23 on Animal Planet and produced by Omnifilm Entertainment (Jade Fever), the unique, homegrown series follows the family-run operation filled to the brim with a record 40 orphaned black bear cubs.

“We are excited to share the touching stories and genuine heroism behind Wild Bear Rescue,” said Ken MacDonald, vice-president and general manager, Discovery Networks. “Equal parts heartwarming and humorous, this series — produced exclusively for Animal Planet audiences — is sure to have viewers falling in love with the Langen family and their adorable bear cubs.”

Throughout the season, viewers witness heartwarming moments of a passionate “Mama Bear,” Angelika, and her husband Peter, who run the world’s only licensed grizzly bear rehab program. Together with their son Michael, daughter Tanja, son-in-law Shawn, and a few dedicated volunteers, Wild Bear Rescue captures the Langens working to save and care for the many sick, starving, and injured orphan cubs as they prepare to release them as strong and healthy yearlings in remote sites across British Columbia each year.

Black bear cubs are often orphaned when their mothers are struck by vehicles or poached by hunters, and the Langens’ home is full with more bears in their care than ever before. All 40 cubs exhibit distinct personalities and varying health needs, creating a huge challenge for the Langens to manage when the shelter becomes short-staffed and overcrowded.

Wild Bear Rescue is produced by Omnifilm Entertainment in association with Animal Planet. Executive producers are Gabriela Schonbach and Michael Chechik. Series producers are David Gullason and Brad Quenville.

Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter

 

Shadow the grizzly cub is ready to be released into the wild.                                (NLWS photo)

Shadow the grizzly cub is ready to be released into the wild. (NLWS photo)

Berbere looking for love.                                (NLWS photo)

Berbere looking for love. (NLWS photo)

Feisty bear cub Noel entering Spruce’s den box.                                (NLWS photo)

Feisty bear cub Noel entering Spruce’s den box. (NLWS photo)

Brown phase black bear cub Clove bluff charging Huck.                                (NLWS photo)

Brown phase black bear cub Clove bluff charging Huck. (NLWS photo)

VIDEO: Smithers animal shelter TV series starts June 23

VIDEO: Smithers animal shelter TV series starts June 23