Expedition Mungo (Animal Planet)

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Expedition Mungo (Animal Planet) – Premieres 28th May

Renowned adventure camera man Paul “Mungo” Mungeam travels around the world visiting remote place to see if he and his team can catch some of the more mysterious animals on film for the first time.

Like Destination Truth, Mungo picks one of the stranger animals he’s heard about on his travels then gets a team together and heads to the country of the animals origin. There he chats to locals to find any witnesses and possible locations of where the creature has be known to appear.

After finding the most likely location to catch the animal on film, they set up motion activated cameras and head on off on a night hunt in an effort to see it. Where afterwards all the footage is reviewed and Mungo delivers his verdict on the possibility of the creature existing.

For a creature hunting programme similar to the ones Josh Gates makes, it’s not as good as Destination Truth or Expedition Unknown, but it’s worth a viewing.

5.3/10

North Woods Law: New Hampshire (Animal Planet)

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North Woods Law: New Hampshire (Animal Planet) – Premieres 5th March

Similar to fellow Animal Planet shows Rugged Justice and Lone Star Law and spinoff of North Woods Law, this follows the members of the New Hampshire Fish and Game as they go about their daily business.

In it they deal with rogue bears making an appearance in built up areas, keep an eye on trail paths for reckless ATV driving, ward of animal poachers and come to the aid of folks in trouble.

If you’ve seen any of the aforementioned shows then this is more of the same.

2.1/10

The Zoo (Animal Planet)

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The Zoo (Animal Planet) – Premieres 18th February – Renewed

A show that follows the going on at the Bronx Zoo, where the it shows various zoo staff working with a selection of animals showing how they are being teated for any illnesses, helping the procreation of rare species and how what they find out in the zoo has practical uses in helping the conservation of animals in the wild.

It’s an archetypal Animal Planet show, where if you have a passing interest in zoo based shenanigans then this would cover everything you’d want.

3.0/10

Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson (Animal Planet)

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Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson (Animal Planet) – Premieres 10th February

A show that joins Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party in the strange chat show stakes, Anthony Anderson gets a few celebs in for an animal centric chat. In between the interviews there are a couple of set segments including a review of animal clips found on the internet and a trainer bringing in an animal for a live demonstration.

It all comes across as something shoehorned together at the last minute and topped off with the shows announcer, Tina the Brain Coral. It all comes together to be utterly tedious viewing.

1.1/10

The Guardians (Animal Planet)

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The Guardians (Animal Planet) – Premiered 7th January

A show focussing on the Guardians of Rescue, a volunteer organisation that work in finding illegal animal breeders, owners of neglected pets or people that need help in caring for their animals.

The team either go about setting up stings on dubious pet suppliers where the ex-police members of the group lead the way in gathering evidence with secret filming to get their proof, to receiving calls about possible neglected animals where they send a team out to assess the situation and work a way to getting the animal out with the minimal of fuss.

Along with the aforementioned, they go to a couple of calls where owners get in contact them asking for help with problems their having and the Guardians bring in their volunteer vet to help them out.

It’s a bit of a mix of situations that they cover, where the sting operations don’t really get resolved due to them not having any real legal rights to do anything straight up to Dr Dee Alaska Vet lite stuff.

2.9/10

Ocean Warriors (Animal Planet)

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Ocean Warriors (Animal Planet) – Starts 4th December

Spin off from Whale Wars that follows the crew of the Sea Shepard vessel the Bob Barker as it patrols the Antarctic waters to seek out any illegal shipping vessels that Interpol have listed.

As well as searching for these ships it follows other members of the Sea Shepard organisation as they investigate suppliers of explosives for blast fishermen who are destroying coral reef, and thai trawlermen fishing in protected waters destroying the aquatic population and livelihoods of local fishermen.

It’s a more varied take on the aquatic environmentalism that it’s predecessor Whale Wars covered.

3.3/10

Project Grizzly (Animal Planet)

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Project Grizzly (Animal Planet) – Starts 12th November

Renowned bear trainer Jeff Watson sets off on his plan to reintegrate his two four year old bears, Bob and Screech, that he’s raised since they were cubs.

With this being the first time anyone has tried to rewild captive bears, he decides to do the training in stages. First off all he arranges a 10 acres area to be fenced off, and there he begins teaching the bears to hunt and forage while living with them.

It the unlikeliest of programmes, an Animal Planet show that that’s actually watchable.

5.2/10