A member of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Team holds the newest addition to the SeaLife Center, a male otter pup, in this undated photo. (Courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)                                A member of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Team holds the newest addition to the SeaLife Center, a male otter pup, in this undated photo. (Courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

A member of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Team holds the newest addition to the SeaLife Center, a male otter pup, in this undated photo. (Courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center) A member of the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Team holds the newest addition to the SeaLife Center, a male otter pup, in this undated photo. (Courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

SeaLife Center featured on NatGeo show

Seward’s Alaska SeaLife Center monitors the state’s 6,640 miles of coastline.

Three Alaska wildlife organizations will be featured in a National Geographic television series “Alaska Animal Rescue.”

The show will feature the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage and the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, according to a March 4 press release from the Alaska SeaLife Center.

“This groundbreaking series follows wildlife heroes from these three renowned conservation centers as they respond to animals in need,” a Nat Geo WILD statement in the release said. “Whether caring for a stranded sea lion, an orphaned lynx or an injured eagle, these are the people on the front lines, willing to do whatever it takes to rescue and preserve Alaska’s wildlife.”

Seward’s Alaska SeaLife Center monitors the state’s 6,640 miles of coastline, focusing on marine life, including walruses, whales, otters and octopuses. The center, which opened in 1998, operates as a nonprofit research institution and public aquarium.

“The Alaska SeaLife Center responds to injured and orphaned marine mammal and seabirds as part of our mission to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems,” Tara Riemer, Alaska SeaLife Center president and CEO, said in the release. “We appreciate this platform to share our work and inspire others to care for our oceans and its animals.”

In Portage, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center takes in the largest land animals, like bears, wolves and bison. The conservation center opened in 1993 and takes in injured and orphaned animals at their 200-acre facility.

“The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is incredibly honored to be a part of National Geographic’s Alaska Animal Rescue,” Di Whitney, executive director of Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, said in the release.

“All of our animals have a story and we are grateful to be able to share some of them. We hope that everyone will enjoy the show and get to know and love our resident wildlife the way we do.”

In Sitka, the Alaska Raptor Center specializes in airborne animals like bald eagles, owls and other birds of prey.

“Alaska Animal Rescue” premieres at 5 p.m., April 11 on Nat Geo WILD.

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