(New York, NY) Animal Planet Presents will premiere TOUCAN NATION, the story of Grecia, the toucan in Costa Rica whose unconscionable abuse sparked international outrage and inspired a national animal welfare campaign, on August 2 at 10 PM ET /PT. Seeking to right a wrong and improve the life of this helpless bird after half of his beak was torn from his face, animal rescuers and veterinarians enlist a team of volunteer experts tasked with replacing Grecia’s beak as Costa Ricans rally to implement penalties for animal cruelty.
Directed by Prime Time Emmy®-winning filmmaker Paula Heredia (‘In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01′), TOUCAN NATION chronicles each step of the journey as the Zooaveanimal refuge center works to improve Grecia’s life. The film includes Charles W. Hull of 3D Systems, known as the father of 3D printing, who collaborates with a group of Costa Rican product designers, dentists and engineers on the best design and construction for Grecia’s prosthetic beak.
‘What happened to this beautiful bird was horrific,’ says John Hoffman, EVP Documentaries and Specials for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel. ‘But this atrocity inspired people to work together to save an animal’s life. We are proud to present this moving story and hope it sparks a larger conversation about animal welfare.’
Paula Heredia said, ‘It gives me hope when I see people who believe they can change the world and take it upon themselves to right a wrong – through technology, activism and the law.’ She added, ‘Animal Planet is a great home for this film.’
Motivated by the notion that every life – whether animal or human – is inherently valuable and must be protected, school children and a committed group of animal rights activists wage a battle to highlight animal cruelty in their country and transform the penal code. TOUCAN NATION showcases both the children and the activists as they create a petition for Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solís to bring the Animal Welfare bill in front of Congress.
Animal Planet Presents features the best of blue-chip documentaries and films from top filmmakers that explore a wide range of topics which provide a unique lens on the world we share with our animal counterparts. TOUCAN NATION is presented in association with Humane Society International and H/3 Foundation.
TOUCAN NATION is produced for Animal Planet by Heredia Pictures where Paula Heredia serves as the film’s director. For H/3 Foundation, Spencer B. Haber serves as executive producer. For Animal Planet, John Hoffman is executive producer and Alexandra Moss is the film’s supervising producer.
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