4:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Animal Planet Developing Series With YouTube Star Coyote Peterson (Exclusive)
Animal Planet is teaming up with YouTube star, animal expert and adventurer Coyote Peterson for a new longform series featuring wild expeditions and rare, up-close animal experiences.
The series, which will premiere on Animal Planet in 2019, is intended to appeal to Peterson's "Coyote Pack" — as his fans are dubbed — as well as Animal Planet's global audience.
Peterson, who is passionate about wildlife education and serves as host of the Brave Wilderness channel on YouTube (with 13 million subscribers), takes a close look at the animal kingdom in an entertaining way while promoting compassion and welfare for the natural world.
For his Animal Planet series, Coyote will travel to all new destinations and share his experiences with the most fascinating, bizarre and iconic animals on earth. Along with his crew, which includes director Mark Vins and wildlife biologist Mario Aldecoa, they will share their breathtaking adventures.
"Coyote is curious, fearless and very passionate about animals and animal conservation, inspiring a whole new generation of animal enthusiasts," said Kurt Tondorf, Animal Planet's senior vp development. "We are delighted Coyote's bringing his infectious enthusiasm and knowledge to Animal Planet. We look forward to sharing his new animal adventures with his 'Coyote Pack' of fans and our audiences across all screens around the globe."
Said Coyote: "My entire life I have been fascinated with animals and my goal has always been to share this passion with the rest of the world. Producing a series for Animal Planet is a dream come true, and their global platform will allow us to proudly promote a message of education and a continued drive toward the conservation of countless animal species. This is the big leagues for us, and not only are we excited, but we have never been more ready for the journey ahead!"
Added Vins: "The road leading to this opportunity has been paved in grit, determination, friendship, and most of all, a profound enthusiasm for what we love to do: sharing our wildlife adventures with the world. Now that we've partnered with Animal Planet, we will have the honor of doing so from the biggest stage for nature programs, and we couldn't be more excited."
The series will be produced for Animal Planet by Peterson and Vins' banner Wilderness Productions.
Through the Brave Wilderness channel on YouTube, Coyote has hosted various adventure series including, the 2015 Emmy Award-winning Breaking Trail, Beyond the Tide, On Location, Dragon Tales and the upcoming Universal Pictures Jurassic World Explorers digital franchise set to debut Sunday exclusively on YouTube.
His first book, Coyote Peterson's Brave Adventures: Wild Animals in a Wild World!, was published last year, and his upcoming second book, Coyote Peterson: The King of Sting! will be available beginning Nov. 27.