On April 22, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, you’re invited to watch “Born Wild: The Next Generation” to see the impact of the work you support at The Marine Mammal Center.
Updated April 24, 2020
Produced jointly between ABC News and National Geographic, “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts hosted “Born Wild: The Next Generation,” an hour-long special celebrating Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary. The special gave viewers a revealing look at Earth’s next generation of animals and their ecosystems, which face challenging environmental changes.
“Born Wild: The Next Generation” premiered April 22 at 8pm local time and was simulcasted on National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo Mundo in 172 countries and 43 languages. It will soon be made available on-demand on Disney+.
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During the second half of the special, The Marine Mammal Center’s mission of advancing global ocean conservation was highlighted in a segment narrated by Robin Roberts that included interviews with Center experts and volunteers. The Center’s rescue and response operations, animal care work and scientific research, as well as actionable steps that people can take to make a difference in the lives of marine mammals, was also showcased.
“Our team is thrilled to be able to highlight the important work being done at The Marine Mammal Center on ‘Born Wild: The Next Generation’,” says John R. Green, Executive Producer of Special Programming at ABC News. "It was inspiring to see firsthand how they're rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing so many vulnerable sea mammals back into the wild. Their work gives us important insights into the health of our ocean and underscores how interconnected humans and animals are.”
As the largest marine mammal hospital in the world, The Marine Mammal Center is uniquely qualified to communicate the struggles as well as amplify the areas of hope that we see for our marine mammal patients and their ocean home.
“The challenges facing our ocean are immense, but they are solvable,” says Dr. Jeff Boehm, Chief Executive Officer of The Marine Mammal Center. “Thanks to ABC and National Geographic, we are thrilled to share our hope and solutions for building a healthier ocean environment for animals and people alike.”
Harbor seal Woody and her pen-mates / Photo by Bill Hunnewell © The Marine Mammal Center
“Born Wild: The Next Generation” also showcased the following:
- Humpback Whale Calves in the Waters of Hawaiʽi — National Geographic Explorer and renowned marine photographer Brian Skerry encounters baby humpback whales and their mothers. The tender moments shared between these gentle giants help viewers appreciate the importance of their precious ocean sanctuary.
- Lion Cubs in the Savannas of Kenya — Big cat experts, conservationists and National Geographic Explorers Dereck and Beverly Joubert and “Nightline” co-anchor Juju Chang embark on an up-close-and-personal journey to locate a specific pride of lions, which the Jouberts have been following for years. Across the African continent, the next generation of lion cubs are under threats from habitat loss, poaching and trophy hunting.
- Black Bear Cubs in the Forests of Minnesota — National Geographic Explorer and wildlife ecologist Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant and ABC News’ chief meteorologist Ginger Zee join a group of renowned researchers leading a long-term study of black bears. The team encounters newborn black bear cubs, adorable additions to a population that is learning to adapt to an ever-changing world.
- Baby Primates in the Jungles of Sri Lanka — National Geographic Explorer Sandesh Kadur travels to a nature reserve among Buddhist temple ruins to meet with primatologist Dr. Wolfgang Dittus, to experience monkey society up close and personal.
- Harp Seal Pups on the Icy Floes of Canada — National Geographic photographer Jennifer Hayes and “Good Morning America” correspondent T.J. Holmes set out on Prince Edward Island to witness the magic of harp seal pups being cared for by their mothers.
- Koala Joeys in Australia’s Reserves — Global movie star Chris Hemsworth takes us to the wildlife rescue group Friends of the Koala in New South Wales, Australia. There he tells the stories of two young koalas: Ember, a survivor of the recent wildfires, and Dimples, a joey orphan being hand-raised to return to the wild.