Concluding this week on Five is the second season of the wildlife series with Michaela Strachan and Matt Baker. The series looks at the urgent work going on to save and protect animals in the UK and abroad – from large-scale conservation projects to tiny wildlife sanctuaries.

Focusing on the unsung heroes of animal conservation, Animal Rescue Squad follows the efforts of dedicated zoologists, vets and volunteers to help animals around the world. These men and women work tirelessly to improve the lives of creatures in zoos, safari parks, wildlife reserves and public areas.

Michaela Strachan has been involved with wildlife programming since 1990. Her most recent series for Five, ‘Michaela’s Zoo Babies’, followed breeding programmes in zoos and wildlife parks across the country. In 2005, she was awarded Best Presenter at the BAFTA children’s awards for her natural-history show ‘Michaela’s Wild Challenge’. Matt Baker has won two children’s BAFTAs and a Royal Television Society Award.

In Monday’s episode, conservation officers mount a rescue mission when a mother bear and her two cubs wander into a Vancouver garden. Matt is there to assist in getting the lost creatures back to their mountain home.

On Tuesday, will baby rhino Nyala be accepted by the herd at South Lakes Wild Animal Park? And in California, Michaela aids in the recovery of a rattlesnake that has escaped into suburbia.

OnWednesday, Matt returns to Vancouver to meet the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society, who are due to release a parliament of owls back into the wild. Back on home soil, vet Jason operates on Jack the West Highland terrier.

On Thursday’s show, Michaela meets a gang of cheeky skunks; and Gilly the seal launches herself back into ocean life with gusto after being cared for by some passionate conservationists.

Friday sees vets wondering whether a bald eagle will ever be able to fly again after being the victim of an electrocution. And at South Essex Wildlife Hospital, a hedgehog presents with a seriously injured leg.

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