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New on Animal Planet in July, 2010

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Animal Planet on 12 Jul 2010
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Starting on Animal Planet in July, 2010:

Weird Creatures With Nick Baker 3
Premiered: Thursday, 1 July 2010 at 21h00

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Host Nick Baker travels the globe in search of more unusual animals for a third season to reveal the mysteries surrounding their biology and behaviour.

In this season he visits the warm waters of south Australia, where he locates a sea dragon with a jewel-like body that provides the perfect camouflage.

He also embarks on a road trip along Mexico’s highway with the aim to track down bipes biporus, also know as the five-toed worm lizard.



Cats 101
Premiere date: Tuesday, 6 July 2010 at 16h20

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Cats 101 is a visual encyclopaedia of cat breeds, celebrating a variety of fascinating facts surrounding the furry creatures. The show uncovers various aspects about cats, including their history, temperament, amazing accomplishments and how they form emotional attachments.

Using experts, cat owners and narration, the series focuses on the characteristics that make each feline unique.



Cats Of Claw Hill
Premiere date: Wednesday, 7 July 2010 at 16h20

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Cats of Claw Hill offers insight into the secret life of the domestic cat.

If you have ever wondered what your pet cat gets up to when you are not at home, this series exposes the murder, mayhem and feline scandal hidden from the human eye.

It is narrated by British actress Tamsin Greig, who provides the voice of Samantha, a nosey, all-seeing and all-hearing old cat. Filmed from a ‘cat's eye view’, the show revels what motivates our feline friends and uncovers the complex world of cat behaviour.



Wildlife SOS International
Premiere date: Monday, 12 July 2010 at 13h35

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Wildlife SOS International follows British wildlife rescuer and conservationist Simon Cowell (ha - no jokes!) as he travels across the globe to rehabilitate a wide variety of animals.

First up, Simon heads to Australia, where he meets with his equivalent in Melbourne, Nigel Williamson. They must brave the busy streets of the city, pull lace monitor reptiles from trees and handle deadly snakes.

Simon then flies to Fraser Island, home to the native Australian dog, the dingo. Here he discusses the controversial methods used to control these animals. He also heads to Thailand, where he reveals the truth about the elephant tourism trade.



Animal Cops Houston 7
Premiere date: Tuesday 13 July 2010 at 21h00

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Animal Cops Houston returns for another season to follow the work of the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Animal Planet cameras follow the team each step of the way: from the initial investigation and rescue, through court cases and medical rehabilitation and, in most cases, adoption to loving homes.

In this new season: the cruelty investigators combine forces with Texas state police officers in an attempt to shut down one of the biggest dog fighting rings in American history.

Also, they battle to save a neglected horse and rescue a desperate kitten which appears trapped on a busy freeway bridge, 80 feet above ground.



Into The Dragon's Lair
Premiere date: Wednesday, 21 July 2010 at 21h00

Underwater cameraman Didier Noirot and environmental photographer Roger Horrocks embark on dangerous journey in Into the Dragon's Lair.

The pair have decided to explore the 100-metre-deep papyrus caves of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, getting up close with one of nature’s most fearsome predators – the Nile crocodile.

Didier and Roger set out to understand and document the underwater behaviour of these dangerous reptiles, while at the same time exploring the fears and fascination that humans have with them.

The two aim to confront ultimate nightmares and transform them into scientific understanding and beauty.



Animal Planet is on DStv Channel 264.


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