Wildlife SOS

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  • 1995
  • 9 Seasons
  • 8.8  (38)

Wildlife SOS is a television series that first premiered in 1997. Produced by International Wildlife Adventures, the show is a fascinating window into the world of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. It documents the hard work of the team at the Wildlife Aid Foundation, a UK-based charity that rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned animals.

The show follows the dedicated staff and volunteers of the foundation as they work tirelessly to rescue animals from a variety of dangerous situations. From injured badgers and foxes to distressed birds and bats, the team is always on call to help. The show also focuses on the important work of education and awareness raising that the foundation carries out, with the aim of promoting a better understanding of wildlife conservation and animal welfare.

Central to the show is the founder and CEO of the Wildlife Aid Foundation, Simon Cowell (no relation to the pop music mogul!). Simon is a veteran wildlife rehabilitator with over 40 years of experience, and his passion and dedication to the cause is clear to see in every episode. He is joined by a team of skilled veterinary professionals, rehabilitation experts, volunteers, and interns, all of whom play a vital role in the work of the foundation.

The show takes us through the different stages of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, from initial assessment and treatment of injured animals, to their eventual release back into the wild. We see the careful hands-on care given to the animals, and the painstaking work of ensuring their health and welfare, from providing food and water to administering medicine and carrying out physiotherapy exercises. The show also highlights the emotional side of the work, with some heartbreaking moments that show the difficult decisions that have to be made when an animal's chances of survival are poor.

Alongside the animal rescue and care, the show also explores the wider issues surrounding wildlife conservation and animal welfare. There are episodes that delve into the damaging effects of litter and pollution on wildlife, and others that highlight the important role that habitat preservation plays in protecting different species. The foundation's work with schools and other community groups is also documented, emphasising the importance of educating the future generation about the importance of healthy ecosystems and the protection of wildlife.

One fascinating aspect of the show is the variety of animals that are rescued and rehabilitated. Wildlife SOS features a wide range of species, from hedgehogs and squirrels to otters and deer. We also see some more exotic animals, such as raptors and reptiles, that have found their way into the care of the foundation. This diversity of animals adds an extra layer of interest to the show, as we learn about the unique challenges of caring for each species, and the different techniques used in their rehabilitation.

One of the most impressive aspects of the show is the resourcefulness and ingenuity of the Wildlife Aid Foundation team. The foundation operates on a shoestring budget, relying on the dedication of its volunteers and the support of public donations. As such, the team often has to find creative solutions to problems, such as building homemade incubators, or using recycled materials to construct animal enclosures. This can-do attitude is inspiring to watch, and really drives home the message that anyone can make a difference when it comes to protecting wildlife.

Overall, Wildlife SOS is a heartwarming and informative series that is sure to appeal to animal lovers and conservationists of all ages. The dedication and hard work of the Wildlife Aid Foundation team is truly inspiring, and this series is a must-watch for anyone interested in the fascinating world of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

Wildlife SOS is a series that is currently running and has 9 seasons (51 episodes). The series first aired on December 31, 1995.

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Most Memorable Moments
12. Most Memorable Moments
June 28, 2019
Simon, Sara and the rest of the team from Wildlife Aid reveal the best, funniest and most bizarre rescues and outtakes from the last nine seasons.
Goodbye, Tilly
11. Goodbye, Tilly
June 28, 2019
It's time for the badgers release into the wild, and the team, especially Sara, is feeling the sadness around letting them go.
10. Peahen
September 15, 2010
An exotic bird gives Sara a run for her money, Simon responds to a bizarre call for help and a very young orphan comes into the center.
9. Seagulls
June 28, 2019
A posh school library is dismantled to save an owl, Sara dives into a pool to rescue a swimming deer and an ambulance arrives full of seagulls and other wildlife that need a place to stay.
King Snake
8. King Snake
June 28, 2019
Simon and Sara are called out to collect a lively snake from a garden shed, a duck with a fishing hook caught in its throat is brought the hospital and a young fox is found entangled in a net.
7. Fleur
June 28, 2019
A mystery bat is brought to the hospital, emotions run high with a sick badger cub and Simon says a tearful and somewhat regretful goodbye to the first barn owl he ever rescued.
New Patron
6. New Patron
June 28, 2019
Simon rushes to save a family of ducks waddling up a residential street, a fox causes havoc in a shop and Ricky Gervais, Wildlife Aid's new patron, visits the center to collect the two hedgehogs he was promised.
5. Tilly
June 28, 2019
Two orphaned fox cubs are recovered from the bushes of a crematorium, Simon and Goff rescue a male coot with fishing wire tangled around its leg and Tilly the badger is bottled weaned.
4. Oystercatcher
June 28, 2019
The first-ever baby oystercatcher is brought to the center, Simon rescues a fox with an badly injured ear and the team has a good laugh at a snoring deer that has overdosed on apples.
3. Hedgehogs
June 28, 2019
Two orphaned hedgehogs are found hiding in a tire, Simon frees a fox's head from a drainpipe and a very unlucky squirrel's tail must be amputated.
Fox and Squirrel
2. Fox and Squirrel
June 28, 2019
Steve comes face-to-face with an angry squirrel, Sara treats a young fox with extreme mange and Goff rescues a nest of blue tits from the base of a tree trunk.
1. Badger
June 28, 2019
The first badger of the year arrives at the center, but its injuries from a dog attack may be too severe for it to survive. Simon responds to a call about a trapped deer, and Sara rescues a squirrel with a twisted tail.
Where to Watch Wildlife SOS
Wildlife SOS is available for streaming on the TVF International website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Wildlife SOS on demand at Animal Planet.
  • Premiere Date
    December 31, 1995
  • IMDB Rating
    8.8  (38)