Doc Ferds Recio and Doc Nielsen Donato of Born to be Wild recently renewed their commitment to GMA Network and to the environment in a contract signing held last Aug. 14.
The hosts and expert veterinarians greatly appreciated having no less than Atty. Felipe Gozon gracing their contract signing with the network.
“Born to Be Wild is a specialized show and there’s a niche for this type of show. There’s a need also for a program like this and that’s our advocacy. We are thankful because we’re given this kind of platform to focus on the environment,” Doc Nielsen shared.
“We’re very honored and very thankful,” said Doc Ferds. “12 years na ang Born to Be Wild. We want to keep on doing what we love to do. We are very happy that we are the ones chosen to represent GMA’s advocacy related to the environment and wildlife, and to share our learnings with the people. The thrust of the program is to make it more palatable,” he added.
The country’s pioneer environmental program, Born to be Wild premiered on the Kapuso Network in 2007 to provide environmental awareness to viewers of all ages. It tackles various topics on nature, wildlife, and the critical issues facing the environment in line with the network’s “Kapuso ng Kalikasan” advocacy. The GMA Public Affairs-produced show is also contributing to thousands of life-saving animal treatments and wildlife rescues over the years.
“When we started 12 years ago, ang mga hayop na nare-rescue namin at nako-cover namin [ay ‘yung mga] hinampas, pinalo or pinatay kasi they [people] don’t know what to do. They didn’t know what to do when they encounter a wild life in their house. Nowadays, people come to us and say, they don’t hurt those animals anymore because Born to Be Wild thought them what to do. It gives us so much pleasure when we’re able to inform and educate the public,” Doc Ferds shared.
Born to be Wild has been a consistent choice of the viewers that resulted to various local and international awards. It was named ASEAN Champion of Biodiversity and New York Festivals Finalist, among other accolades. Doc Ferds and Doc Nielsen were also awarded with the Gandingan ng Kalikasan citation by the University of the Philippines—Los Baños.
As it begins another year on air, Born to be Wild is committed to feature more stories about the environment and wildlife.
Watch more stories on the environment and continued public service from the country’s leading nature and wildlife show Born to be Wild every Sunday, 9:00 a.m. on GMA -7.
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