Snakes In The City – Filming Hots Up As It Heats Up In Durban

There is nothing that motivates an adventurous spirit more than being in lockdown for months during the COVID19 pandemic, and passionate reptile-lovers and conservationists Simon and Siouxsie of National Geographic Wild’s globally popular reality series Snakes in the City, are no exception.

Simon and Siouxsie are back in Durban to continue filming the next season of National Geographic Wild’s hugely popular series – Snakes in the City

Back in South Africa, after returning home to the UK just before international borders closing earlier this year, this dynamic, adrenaline-loving couple hope to soon continue with the filming and are on standby to rescue, remove, or relocate snakes in and around Durban.

“We are loving being back as the Spring rains start to turn the KwaZulu-Natal countryside a gorgeous green, and the weather is warming up, bringing out the incredibly diverse range of snakes,” enthuses Siouxsie. “It was quite difficult for us, with our adrenaline-filled lifestyle, to bunker down for all these months, but we are very blessed to have got through it, and are over the moon about starting the filming process again.”

“We look forward to meeting the many different people in and around Durban, many of whom, have a fear of snakes, and have no idea what to do when encountering them,” says Simon. “Filming our rescues, removals, and relocations, enables us to educate people about snakes, and that they are a vital part of the eco-system and, for the most part, are harmless. It truly heartens us when we manage to convince a person that killing a snake is not an option and that they are not as terrifying as they think.”

The series, which reaches a global audience, is produced by local production house Earth Touch, will be filmed using strict SA government COVID-19 guidelines and regulations. “We have developed a best practice and protocol plan that the whole crew and cast have been thoroughly briefed on, to make filming safe for the team, as well as the members of the public with whom they will come into contact whilst filming,” explains Graeme Duane, Creative Director: Earth Touch.

Simon and Siouxsie are available to attend to a snake that needs to be rescued, removed or relocated, from properties of people living in the greater Durban area, including as far south as Illovo Beach, inland to Botha’s Hill, and north to Tongaat. There is no charge for a call out, and depending on the circumstances, the caller may (with permission of course) end up on the international reality TV series.

The number to call is 063 234 6932.


National Geographic Wild Highlights: June 2020

From Monday 8 June – Saturday 13 June, at 18:00

On June 8th (World Ocean’s Day) people around our blue planet celebrate and honor our oceans, which connect us all. National Geographic Wild will dedicate a whole week to our oceans, with Ocean driven programming every day at 18:00.


Wonders of The Ocean – Islands of Life. Monday 8 June at 18:00

Pacific Islands range from coral atolls and smoking volcanoes to pieces of a lost continent. Discover the wildest stories of adaptation and survival on these Islands of Life.

Wonders of The Ocean – Predator or Prey. Monday 8 June at 18:48

Life in the ocean is a constant battle to eat but not get eaten, to find a mate, to pass on your genes to the next generation…to survive.

World’s Deadliest Whale (1 x 60) – Tuesday 9 June at 18:00
Synopsis TBC

Aliens of The Deep (1 x 60) – Wednesday 10 June at 18:00

These strange, alien creatures have hidden in the depths of the oceans for eons. Meaning “head feet” in Greek, Cephalopods have little in common physically with humans or any other familiar animals. They have blue blood, several hearts and brains and multiple limbs. They don’t have bones, teeth or claws and they can even disappear when they need to.

Deep Sea Killers: Into The Deep Mashup (1×60) – Thursday 11 June at 18:00

Synopsis TBC

Monster Fish: Extreme Sharks (1×60) – Friday 12 June at 18:00

Zeb Hogan knows fish. And he’s taking on his most ambitious task yet – entering the realm of the shark to find the ultimate Monster Fish. On his journey, Zeb encounters fearsome bull sharks, freaky hammerheads and giant whale sharks, and dispels myths about these creatures along the way.

World’s Deadliest Jellyfish (1 x 60) – Saturday 13 June at 18:00

Synopsis TBC

Sundays at 18:00, from 14 June 2020

From savage deserts and active volcanoes to immense lakes and rivers, Africa is a land of extremes. Across this awe-inspiring continent, nature’s beasts – from the biggest to the microscopic – battle for survival in some of the world’s harshest conditions. In the planet’s most epic natural habitats, large predators roam sprawling savannas, strange apes inhabit lofty mountain peaks, while mysterious insects and snakes occupy the most impenetrable forests on earth.

Mondays at 18:00, from 8 June 2020

We think we’re the ultimate predators, but increasingly wild animals are hunting us, and the reasons they attack people are often surprising. The series investigates selective animal attacks on humans, employing the latest in forensic technology and scientific discovery to deconstruct and analyze some of the most startling incidents on record.

Mondays at 16:25, (from 4 May 2020)

On this rip-roaring season of The Incredible Dr. Pol, the docs are off to the races as they zoom from critical clinic visits to emergency farm calls. Strap in for a wild ride as the crew of Pol Veterinary Services works seven days a week pulling calves, pushing prolapses and trying to triage the mayhem that comes with the central Michigan territory.


Nat Geo Wild May 2020 Highlights


Mondays at 16:25, from 4 May 2020

On this rip-roaring season of The Incredible Dr. Pol, the docs are off to the races as they zoom from critical clinic visits to emergency farm calls. Strap in for a wild ride as the crew of Pol Veterinary Services works seven days a week pulling calves, pushing prolapses and trying to triage the mayhem that comes with the central Michigan territory.

ROSEBUSH, MICH.- Dr. Pol and Charles respond to an emergency call at Richard Haynes’, where a calf is down and cannot get up. Dr. Pol does his routine physical examination, but the source of this calf’s woes may lay just outside of the barn. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels)


Sundays at 18:00

For the first time. National Geographic Wild will broadcast special programming dedicated to man’s best friend. BarkFest will span an entire month of Sundays at 18:00. Premiering Dog Impossible: No Bad Dogs (1×60) and Science of Dogs: X Factor (1×60) plus series and specials with stories of canine education, unlikely animal friends, incredible dog heroes, and the people who care, protect and love them.

Dog Impossible: No Bad Dogs (1×60) – Sunday 3 May at 18:00

Matt takes on dogs with terrifying trauma, detachment disorders, under-socialized behaviors, and fear-based aggression. Using his transformative techniques, he not only helps the dogs, but he also helps the humans. Matt changes the owner’s relationships with their dogs, so that they both can live happy and healthy lives.

Science of Dogs: X Factor (1×60) – Sunday 10 May and Sunday 24 May at 18:00

Dogs have always been known for their loyalty and companionship, but what about their brainpower? With the ability to detect cancer, predict seizures, and help aid with PTSD, dogs have proven to be much more valuable to humankind than we thought. With updated science and even stories of dogs who drive, at the end of this special, you will be running to the nearest shelter to get one of your own.

Cesar Millan: Love My Pit Bull, 1 – Sunday 17 May at 18:00

For Cesar Milan, pit bulls – and other dogs classified among the so-called “bully breeds” – aren’t bullies at all. If anything, Cesar’s years with his former costar and best pal, Daddy, taught the internationally acclaimed dog expert that pit bulls are not the aggressive monsters that their detractors claim they are. In fact, they are highly intelligent and, with proper training, can be loyal and loving companions.

Is Your Dog A Genius: Best In Show, 1 – Sunday 31 May at 18:00

The Is Your Dog a Genius? elite edition compilation unleashes some standouts from the 3×60 series pack and gives them a big tail wag. Plus, viewers are given some ‘genius’ tests that they can do at home with their dogs.


Wednesdays at 18:00

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER: Wonder Women! – Wednesday 6 May at 18:00
Synopsis TBA

Snakes In The City: Snake Charmer, 1 – Wednesday 13 May at 18:00
Synopsis TBA

Yukon Vet compilation, 1 – Wednesday 20 May at 18:00
Synopsis TBA

Secrets of The Zoo Wild Women Compilation, 1 – Wednesday 27 May at 18:00
Synopsis TBA


National Geographic Wild Highlights – April 2020

Saturdays and Sundays at 18:00, from 1 March 2020

National Geographic Wild dedicates an entire month to the most dangerous and lethal animals in the world from land, sea and air.


Saturday 4 April at 18:00

A fierce carnivore that is designed to kill – so what happens when the deadliest go head to head against it? Lions take on hyenas, crocodiles, hippos, the cape buffalo, and even each other, all across their pride lands as they battle each other to survive Nature’s eternal war.

Saturday 4 April at 18:48

There are 38 species of wild cats on Earth and they live and hunt in almost any terrain. Over millions of years, they have honed their strategy to attack a prey of a specific size. From tree-climbing leopards to skull-crushing Jaguars, from fast-swimming fishing cats to quick-digging sand cats – watch the killer strategies that make wild cats possibly the deadliest family on the planet.

Sunday 5 April at 18:00 – Super Serpents

Watch what unfolds when the world’s most venomous snakes and largest constrictors face off against prey and people.
Sunday 12 April at 18:00 – Ancient Predator

The world’s super reptiles are on a collision course with humans. And we’re no match for their prehistoric power.
Sunday 19 April at 18:00 – Killer Claws

Watch what unfolds when black bears, grizzlies, and giant polar bears clash with prey and people, as they face the threat of extinction in a changing climate. OR Bears are iconic symbols of nature, a treasure to see in the wild; when kept at an appropriate distance.

Sunday 5 April at 18:48

From Amazon rainforests to coastal deserts, wild Peru is among the most diverse and deadly places on Earth, filled with vibrant life and sudden death.

Saturday 11 April at 18:00

When it comes to the life or death drama of predator versus prey, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching an underdog pull off a great escape!

Saturday 25 April at 18:00

As more people bring cameras into the water, they are capturing more shocking footage of the most feared and revered ocean predators– sharks. With shark attacks on the rise, do these top predators see us as prey? Experts weigh in on some of the most amazing human-shark encounters captured on video to reveal the secrets behind the attacks.

Sunday 19 April at 18:00 – Return of the Living Dead

In Indonesia, a bat struggles to climb past a vanguard of vipers to reach the safety of her colony. In Southern India, a mother bandicoot rat must outswim a cobra and crocodiles to find food for her babies. And in the rainforests of Costa Rica, darkness means a deadly free-for-all. Who will survive the horrors of night long enough to see the day, and who will be dead by dawn?

Sunday 26 April at 18:48 – It comes at night
In the Arabian Desert, a gecko realizes he’s not alone when the sand beneath his feet starts shifting. In Southern India, a praying mantis prays as an army of weaver ants march toward his arms and legs. In the African wilderness, a lion cub cries for his mother while a hyena gets closer, and closer. Who will survive the horrors of tonight, and who will be dead by dawn?

Java, Indonesia – Black and white stripped snake on grass (Love Productions USA/Myke Clarkson)

Sunday 26 April at 18:00

Mondays at 18:00 from 20 April

Team up with Alaskan heroes as they rescue, rehabilitate, research, and celebrate the wild animals of America’s last frontier.

Representing three renowned conservation centers, these animal lovers work by land, sea, and air – in one of the most challenging places on our planet – to protect Alaska’s wildlife.

Rescued lynx kitten Calliope checks out the camera while waiting for her dinner. (National Geographic/Symbio Studios)


This April, we will drive home our commitment to the planet and the people working to understand and protect it, culminating in a call to action on Earth Day empowering audiences to be part of positive action for the planet.

This month, to honor the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, National Geographic in collaboration with the Disney Conservation Fund is launching a campaign to highlight 50 at-risk species we are working to protect.



JANE GOODALL – THE HOPE begins where the documentary JANE (2017) left off. Dr, Jane Goodall arrived at a 1986 conference as a scientist and-after learning the extent of the threat facing chimpanzees-left as an activist. The film begins with this critical transformation and follows Jane through three decades of advocacy work. Jane knew she must take action to protect chimps and other animals living in the wild, to improve the well-being of chimps in captivity and to inspire a young generation of change makers for this vital work to continue. In a moment in which the environmental crisis can seem overwhelming, Jane has made it her mission to encourage us all that solutions are within reach. Our cameras capture Jane as she travels over 300 days a year, meeting with everyone from schoolchildren in Zanzibar to Silicon Valley tech giants to Prince Harry, using wisdom, heart and humor to spread a message of hope and show that every individual has the potential be a catalyst and create lasting change. As the 60th anniversary of her arrival to the chimpanzee kingdom in Gombe approaches, she spends time with her family in Tanzania and returns to her wild Eden, reflecting on all the efforts being made to safeguard its future and create a sustainable future for the Earth.

JANE GOODALL: THE HOPE celebrates her work and explores the ways in which her passion for wildlife has changed the world for the better. This new perspective illustrates the obstacles that Goodall faced throughout her career, and shows how, with a dedicated team and unshakable drive, she overcame them and succeeded in becoming one of the most important names in wildlife conservation. (photo credit: National Geographic/David Guttenfelder)

PHOTO ARK (1×60)
22 April at 19:37


Bear Grylls shines a light on some of the world’s harshest and most unforgivable landscapes and the animals that have adapted to survive in these conditions.

Skjervoy, Norway – Orca search the frozen fjords for the herring that use it as a winter refuge. (National Geographic/ Sophie Morgan)

22 April at 20:26


National Geographic Wild March 2020 Highlights


Sundays at 18:00, from 1 March 2020

National Geographic Wild dedicates a whole month to these fantastic creatures. The snake is one of the oldest mythological characters and has been revered by civilizations the world over. Snakes are highly effective predators and play a vital role in maintaining the balance of nature.

Snakes In The City 6 (6 x 60)
Monster Constrictor (1 x 60)
Killer Snake Island (1 x 60)
America’s Super Snake (1 x 60)

Snakes in the City S6
Sundays at 18:00, from 1 March 2020

Snakes in the City is a documentary-style reality TV series centering on the daily life of snake rescuers, Simon Keys, and his herpetologist girlfriend, Siouxsie Gillett in the coastal city of Durban, South Africa. This once was a tropical jungle teaming with spitting cobras, green mambas, black mambas, pythons, night adders, bush snakes and boomslang. It’s their territory and humans built a city right on top of it. Today, the jungle may be gone, but the snakes sure ain’t!

Mondays at 21:40, from 2 March

On this rip-roaring season of The Incredible Dr. Pol, the docs are off to the races as they zoom from critical clinic visits to emergency farm calls. Strap in for a wild ride as the crew of Pol Veterinary Services works seven days a week pulling calves, pushing prolapses and trying to triage the mayhem that comes with the central Michigan territory.

ROSEBUSH, MICH.- Dr. Pol and Charles respond to an emergency call at Richard Haynes’, where a calf is down and cannot get up. Dr. Pol does his routine physical examination, but the source of this calf’s woes may lay just outside of the barn. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels)


Wednesdays at 18:00 from 5 February

A land of elephants, tigers, leopards and bears, India is one of the most biodiverse countries on earth. But it’s also home to 1.3 billion people who increasingly compete with wild animals for living space. Now, a dedicated team of conservationists and vets are on a mission to rescue animals in distress and find a way for India’s people and wildlife to coexist in harmony.