Rescuing Wildlife One Season at a Time
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Production is underway for the latest season of Hope For Wildlife, a heart-warming series produced by Arcadia Entertainment.
The series follows Hope, the owner of a charitable wildlife rehabilitation centre who takes pride in rescuing and rehabilitating injured and orphaned animals.
Hope For Wildlife is recognized across Nova Scotia for the work they do. Since 1997, they have treated and released over 40,000 animals, and have captured the hearts of animal lovers around the world.
Arcadia’s John Wesley Chisholm explains what happens behind the scenes. “For nearly ten years Arcadia’s passionate production crew has been travelling Nova Scotia with Hope and her volunteers rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing injured and orphaned animals. There’s a full-time staff of a dozen workers involved in bringing these Nova Scotian stories to the world.”
Photo of John Wesley Chisholm and his production crew
Last year, the Hope For Wildlife production team reached new records in international sales and see this as only the beginning. “Even though we’re eight seasons in, we feel we’re just getting started,” explained John Wesley.
“There’s a sense that Hope is just beginning to break through. It’s a journey shared with audiences and fans around the world.”
- John Wesley Chisholm
The show has brought people from across the globe to the wildlife rehab centre in Nova Scotia. Last year alone, 17,000 fans came to visit the centre. The show’s Facebook page also garnered a lot of attention with over 100,000 active fans in Canada which generated two million comments, shares and stories.
Globally, the series appeals to women viewers who watch the shows with their families. Though the racoons, deer, skunks, porcupines, and seals are familiar to us here in Nova Scotia, the animals Hope regularly rescues are exotic, interesting and adorable to global audiences.
Fans of the show develop strong connections to Hope and the animals, and they want to help. Contributions have come in from around the world from the fans to support Hope’s mission helping to enable Hope to raise a new rehabilitation barn, visitor centre, marine rescue centre, and wildlife hospital.
For those who can’t wait for the premiere of Hope For Wildlife Season 8, the rehabilitation centre is offering their annual open house for a chance to meet Hope and the animals on Sunday, August 27th, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
HOPE TV is Hope for Wildlife's new online TV channel that launched in Spring 2017. Early seasons of the series are currently available there on free preview.
Hope For Wildlife Season 8 is qualified to receive funding through the Nova Scotia Film & Television Production Incentive Fund. Learn more about filming in Nova Scotia and accessing the Nova Scotia Film and Television Incentive Fund
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