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Episode 1

In this heartwarming two-part series, Ellie Harrison and wildlife cameraman Max Hug Williams follow the stories of wild orphaned animals, and meet the amazing people who save their lives so they can eventually go back to the wild.

In Australia we meet Danny, the baby koala in need of round-the-clock care, and Neil, a tiny orphaned wallaby, whose carer Stella believes Neil may die from stress if she can't find him a companion.

In Costa Rica there's Newbie, a baby three-toed sloth battling with pneumonia. Wildlife manager Sam is doing all she can to help Newbie beat the infection and get back to the rainforest.

Release date:

58 minutes

Last on

Thu 28 Jul 2016 12:00

BBC Nature

BBC Nature
Find out more about the species featured in the programme on the BBC Nature website:

The orphanages

The orphanages
Nature's miracle orphans was filmed with animal welfare projects in Australia and Costa Rica. Find out how these centres help the orphaned animals in their care:


Role Contributor
PresenterEllie Harrison
PresenterMax Hug Williams
ProducerMark Wheeler
Executive ProducerLucinda Axelsson
Executive ProducerTim Martin

Meet the animals

NMO: Tiny 16x9

Read more about the orphaned animals we met making the series

Web exclusive: Meet the composer

Web exclusive: Meet the composer

Guy Farley describes composing for Nature's Miracle Orphans