Cancellation of UNTAMED: Life is Wild

The Wildlife Center of Virginia recently learned that UNTAMED, the television series co-produced by the Center and VPM, Virginia's home for public media, will not be renewed by VPM for Season 5. The award-winning series has been in production for the past four seasons, winning multiple Telly awards and an Emmy Award nomination. Mason Mills, executive producer at VPM, indicated that production was cancelled due to funding and changing priorities for VPM.

UNTAMED episodes focus on a variety of wildlife issues drawn directly from the stories of the thousands of wild animals in need of care that arrive at the Wildlife Center’s doorstep every year. The stories of these animals illustrate the wider problems wildlife face — litter, pesticides, free-roaming domestic animals, habitat loss, and diseases – and challenge viewers to take specific actions to protect wildlife.   Episodes of UNTAMED will continue to air on VPM for much of the remainder of 2022 and will continue to be distributed by American Public Television (APT) to PBS affiliates nationwide.

While obviously disappointed that the series will be discontinued, the Wildlife Center remains committed to sharing stories of wildlife, highlighting conservation and environmental issues and how our actions impact wildlife and the landscape around us. The Wildlife Center will continue to explore outreach opportunities, including future collaborations with VPM and other media outlets.  The Center will also continue to produce high-quality video content for its website and social media outlets.