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What is Work on the Wild Side?
The series follows British vets, vet nurses and volunteers who have moved to South Africa to dedicate themselves to animal conservation. “This programme is what everyone ne right now,” promises producer Lee. “There’s something special about South African we get to see everything from vets doing massive procedures on lions to the rehabilitation of orphaned monkeys. We even see vet Emily giving a cheetah mouth to mouth resuscitation!”
Lots! Monkeys, cheetahs, hippos, rhinos, lions – all sorts of animals for you to fall in love with. “You’ve got the endangered species, like giraffes, and sanctuaries where monkeys are being rehabilitated and then released,” says Lee.
‘There are a lot of orphaned rhinos, because poaching is a huge problem and a lot of the mums get killed for their horns. Lily is the first orphan we meet, she’s bottle fed milk and you can’t help but fall in love with her, especially when she is bullied by bigger rhinos!
“We meet Hector the baby hippo, who got stuck stranded by a watering hole under a bridge during a drought and his mum had disappeared, he’s amazing.
“We also go on a six hour night walk for an aardvark!”
When is Work on the Wild Side on TV?
Was Work on the Wild Side filmed during lockdown?
“I’m in contact with them literally every day, they are the best bunch and they’re obviously really excited about the show, but they are really struggling at the moment. A lot of sanctuaries depend on volunteers who have had to be flown home, and poaching is probably going to escalate because lots of game wardens have been sacked in the current crisis.”