. 2 new series just began on Animal Planet, & thank Goddess, they're *not* "reality" junk about some dude going out & trying to cuddle with lions, or catch poisonous snakes barehanded without so much as a hook, or trying to "become" a wolf by living with them. one stars Chris Brown, DVM, previously had a small-time TV program about his mixed-species vet practice in Oz; small town, mostly small animals, mostly domestic with some native wildlife that needed help. It showed as "Bondi Vet" in Oz, & as "Dr Chris, Pet-vet" in the USA. I knew he'd hit the big time, at some point - he's young, model-handsome, very photogenic, & charmingly disarming. He likes animals; he likes ppl; he enjoys his work enormously. This is his big time; now, he's portrayed as a "wildlife expert" on such unlikely Aussie species as Indian elephants, cheetah, lions, & other large iconic mammals from other continents, plus sharks - which no one will be bringing into a vet-practice in a shipping-crate for a check-up, I'm sure. The show, "Vet Gone Wild", premiered on Sunday night - with elephants in Thailand. About The Show - Vet Gone Wild | Animal Planet "Extinct or Alive?" is the other new series - Extinct or Alive | Watch Full Episodes & More! - Animal Planet in Ep 1, the star, Dr Forrest Gallante, a biologist, travels to Zanzibar to search for the Zanzibar leopard, a unique subspecies that was declared extinct 25-years ago; no one has documented one in all that time, & the only mounted specimen in the world is from the 1890s. Forrest's grandfather re-discovered the coelacanthe, an extremely-primitive deep ocean fish, & he's been fascinated by the possibility of surviving extinct species ever since. // He also wants to PROTECT these survivors if he finds any, which in the case of the Zanzi leopard, if anything, he's only put them at greater risk. Yes, he found at least ONE - alive, & captured video of that animal. BUT... he got no scat, no footprints, DNA, or hair samples. Video footage of a living animal is undeniable, but it's not definitive. So no one will advance MONEY to save & protect this critically-endangered big cat, who survives in a national park within earshot of the music of the capital. // Releasing the episode B4 he got his evidence virtually paints a laser target on that cat. . I also know dam* well that he didn't get to make or to veto that decision; that's entirely the decision of the suits at Animal Planet, who frankly don't give an airborne sexual-assault on a radially-accelerated toroidal pastry if the Zanzi leopard [AKA chui] lives for another few years or not; they want to make a splash, they want drama, they want MONEY. Discovering a heretofore "extinct" animal is MONEY - it's solid gold thrills!... so broadcast is not going to be delayed to save some dumb beast that no one really cares about, anyhow. I enjoyed them both, but was very saddened by the premature broadcast of the survival of the chui. . I fully expect to hear that there are brand-new skins & skulls of chui, listed for sale on the dark web, found being smuggled at various national borders, make into million-dollar fur coats. The REASON the chui went "extinct" was the demonization of the cat by the Zanzibar govt in the 1960s & '70s - the national govt was trying to stomp out witchcraft [not the green witch herbal kind, nor the Gaia-worshipping cyclic witches of Western Europe, but the voodoo / human-sacrifice / body-parts kind, with poisons, murder, curses, etc, that causes havoc in villages across Africa]. The leopard was believed to be a "form" that witch-doctors could assume to do their bad deeds, kinda like werewolves, but the witch-doctor goes about in human form or leopard form at will. // INSTEAD of demythologizing the big cat, & removing the danger to the species, the Govt decided just to kill them all, so that no more "witch doctors" could be suspected of working bad magic in Zanzibar. Lousy decision. :thumbs-down: The next episode will similarly paint a bulls-eye on the Formosan clouded leopard, the Newfoundland white-wolf, or perhaps the Pachylemur of Madagascar. // This time, i hope to H*** they get funding for protected status & armed patrols B4 they broadcast the episode - just in case. The fewer surviving individuals there are, & the smaller the area they live in, the easier it is to "become famous" by killing the last one. Personally, i'd call that becoming INfamous, but killing is always easier than creating or saving. Bullets, chain-saws, & fire are all easy to obtain, & cheap. - terry .