Clare Balding and Steve Leonard are to front a three-part science series for BBC One.
Operation Wild will see the pair team up with pioneering vets as they utilise the most cutting edge techniques, often adapted from human medicine, to save the lives of animals. These are world-first operations and surgeries that have never been seen before on television.
Throughout the series viewers will be introduced to a menagerie of animals including Champa the moon bear, Thandi the white rhino, Fuji the dolphin and a giant panda, in various locations around the world, all of whom are suffering from an array of afflictions that require intervention.
“Being an animal lover, I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this new series and it was fascinating to see the new ways in which extremely talented vets are saving these precious animals.” – Balding
Operation Wild was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One, and the beeb’s acting Head of Commissioning for Science and Natural History, Tom McDonald.