Ever wonder how nature’s influence extends into the world of science? Discovery Kids’ new series Wild But True explores how biomimicry – the imitation and application of nature’s systems, models, designs or elements – has paved the way for technology and inspired many modern-day inventions.
Hosted by Robert Irwin, son of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, and science-loving Isabel Yamazaki, kids learn all about nature’s amazing solutions for problems in the wild and reveal how humans use these blueprints to make the world greener, safer, more efficient and more fun for future generations. The fun-loving hosts participate in a series of fascinating experiments to help the audience better understand the concepts featured in the show.
To celebrate its first local production in Australia, Discovery Kids hosted a unique VIP experience at the Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland late last month. Guests had lots of opportunities to interact with the animals, from feeding kangaroos to cuddling up to koalas to getting up-close and personal with a rhino and a few giraffes. They were also able to witness firsthand Australia Zoo’s conservation efforts through stops at the animal hospital, where each family could choose an animal from the zoo’s ‘Adopt An Animal’ program, to support conservation efforts for endangered Australian wildlife.
Robert was on hand, too, to explain more about biomimicry, joining the kids in a fun and educational experience as they engaged in quizzes and questionnaires to win exciting prizes.
The event was hosted by Mandy Pattinson, EVP & GM, ANZ & Pacific Islands, together with Discovery Kids Australia’s ambassador, Robert Irwin. Guests included Foxtel’s Chief Operating Officer, Rohan Lund; Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh; Executive Director of Sport & Content Partnerships, Ben Buckley; and General Manager Communications – Platform Programming & Events, Rhonda Dawson; and Discovery Channel ambassador, John Eales (Australian rugby legend and former Wallabies captain).