Premieres Saturday September 1 at 10PM ET/PT on Animal Planet
Few other animals inspire such passion, excitement and fear as the Wolf. They’re mysterious, intelligent, protective and loyal, and Animal Planet’s all-new series spotlights one group’s unique mission to rescue and care for these creatures. WOLVES AND WARRIORS follows U.S. Navy veteran Matt Simmons and Dr. Lorin Lindner, the husband and wife team behind Lockwood Animal Rescue Center (LARC), a private sanctuary that rescues wolves and wolf-dog hybrids whose lives are threatened by poachers, illegal breeders and other perils. Episodes document high risk rescues and rehabilitation efforts undertaken by Matt and Lorin, who are joined by combat veterans working to overcome the traumas of war.
LARC employs a team of veterans who help rescue and care for the wolves as a way of recovering from the anguish they’ve experienced. For Matt, Lorin and the team, every mission is critical – from perilous wolf rescues, to investigations into underground fur-farms – and they all provide opportunities for combat veterans to heal and find their place in civilian society.
WOLVES AND WARRIORS reveals a rare glimpse at LARC’s rescue and rehabilitation work, including never before seen footage of wolf rescues. The series also offers an intimate look at the behavior of wolves in the sanctuary, as they find their packs and court their mates. Alongside new members of Matt and Lorin’s team, viewers will learn every wolf’s name and discover that each has its own unique and quirky personality.
In the series premiere,"Welcome to Wolf Sancturay," Matt and the team travel to rescue a grey wolf named Sadira from a backyard in Oregon, and later await the outcome of her life-or-death medical procedure. Viewers also meet the veterans that comprise the LARC team – including new members – many of whom hope working at LARC will help them manage their PTSD.