‘Life After: Chernobyl’ Explores Effects of Nuclear Explosion on Local Animal Populations

On April 26, 1986, a plume of radioactive fallout shot out from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant into the atmosphere, exposing millions of animals to high levels of radiation. Thirty years later, biologist Rob Nelson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota are on a mission to uncover the devastating effects of the nuclear catastrophe – particularly how they have affected local animal populations.

In Life After: Chernobyl follows Nelson and Ochota, the first to be granted unlimited access to all areas surrounding the plant, as they knowingly put themselves at risk of radiation exposure for the greater science community. It’s important work – and what they’re able to discover about how the radiation has affected animal and plant life in the area is extraordinary.

The special marks the debut of Animal Planet Presents, a programming event that features the best of blue-chip documentary content, exploring a wide range of topics that provide a unique lens on the world we share with our animal counterparts.

Life After: Chernobyl premieres Tuesday, April 26 at 10/9c on Animal Planet.