The first adventure of the country's pioneer environment and wildlife conservation TV program Born to Be Wild will be aired again this Saturday, May 31, on GMA-7's Sine Totoo.
In this episode, hosts Romi Garduce (Everest mountaineer and environmentalist) and veterinarian Doc Ferds Recio experience wildlife in two different animal sanctuaries.
Doc Ferds travels to the island of Calauit in Palawan on a special mission. Inside the Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, a group of giraffes were afflicted with myasis or lesions caused by the larvae of flies. Treating the giraffes' wounds right there in the wild proved physically challenging—with Doc Recio chasing after them to disinfect their wounds.
Romi journeys to Calatrava, Negros Occidental to meet a group of wild monkeys rumored to be extremely friendly with people. The macaques living in the sanctuary have freely interacted with residents and tourists for years that they have become used to being fed. Wouldn't this new behavior threaten to dissolve the monkeys' natural instinct to forage for their own food?
Sine Totoo host Howie Severino invites Doc Ferds Recio and executive producer Anj Guidaya-Atienza on the set to talk about the challenges of producing a show with an environmental advocacy.
Catch the pilot episode of Born to Be Wild this Saturday midnight on GMA-7's Sine Totoo.