Le Petit Chateau

Le Petit Chateau is a small country inn nestled in the Pyrenees Mountains close to the border of Spain. Built more than a century ago by one of the local barons as a romantic sanctuary, this fully restored manor has 10 guest suites and 4 acres with beautifully manicured gardens.

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Cruising The Galapagos Islands

Exploring and filming The Galapagos Islands has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I finally got to check it off! Imagine yourself following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin now on this once in a lifetime 8 day adventure aboard the Golondrina II. March 2016.

Click the link now to see the Youtube movie! Cruising The Galapagos Islands

Paragliding Medellin

It’s humanities oldest dream, to fly like a bird. Everyday, above Medellin Colombia, it’s a dream come true. Medellin’s elevation famously results in a perpetual Spring-like atmosphere. Thermal air currents make elevator-like pillars of air, so paragliding here is unique in all the world.

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Motorbiking Vietnam

Motorbiking Vietnam depicts an impromptu non-scripted motorcycle adventure from Saigon to Hanoi by two friends who share a passion for adventure, travel, photography and motorcycles.

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Did you ever wonder what animals at the Zoo eat for dinner? Or maybe what they get for a special treat?

Got Home Entertainment Issues? has solutions. Click the link to see the new Web Video we did for

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Shiels Productions and Crews Control team up with Publishers Clearinghouse Prize Patrol for Million Dollar Give Away

What is more fun than giving away $1,000,000.00? I can’t think of a thing!  Great shoot today with Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol.



North Carolina Zoo

David M. Jones, DVM, Director

NEWS RELEASE                                      CONTACT: Rod Hackney

FOR RELEASE: November 5, 2012 Telephone: 336-879-7204


ASHEBORO—“The Zoo FileZ,” a syndicated weekly television series produced by the North Carolina Zoo, has received a top international award for outstanding broadcast programming.

The zoo series has been named a Gold Medal winner in the 2012 Marcom Awards, an international competition recognizing outstanding achievement by marketing and communications professionals. The program was selected for the prestigious award from among more than 6,000 entries from the U.S., Canada and several other countries. Entries came from public relations firms, design shops, television production companies and Fortune 500 corporate marketing departments as well as freelancers.

The Marcom Awards are administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), an international organization consisting of several thousand creative professionals. According to an AMCP news release, “Judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose work exceeds a high standard of excellence and who serve as a benchmark for the industry.”

“The Zoo FileZ” recently completed its 15th year of production. The series airs on 12 broadcast stations in North Carolina’s largest television markets as well as the “On Demand” channel on all Time Warner Cable systems in the state. The series can also be viewed on the zoo’s “Youtube” site at The two-minute videos feature the N.C. Zoo, its staff, animal and plant collections, special events, wildlife conservation and education programs.

“The Zoo FileZ” is written and co-produced by N.C. Zoo Public Relations Manager Rod Hackney, who also serves as on-camera host for the program. Director of photography and co-producer for the series is Terry Shiels with editing by David Woodruff, both of Shiels Productions in Charlotte.

The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee A. Freeman, Secretary; Beverly E. Perdue, Governor.


It’s a Boy!

The first Gorilla birth at the North Carolina Zoo in more than two decades has created excitement for Zoo visitors and staff alike.Baby Gorilla Born

Baby Giraffe born at North Carolina Zoo

It might be time to plan a trip to the NC Zoo.
For the first time since 1996, a baby Giraffe has been born at the North Carolina Zoo.
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Red Wolf saved from extinction

Red Wolves are thriving in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern North Carolina thanks to a  US Fish and Wildlife captive breeding and release program supported by the North Carolina Zoo.

Shiels Productions creates WWII POW documentary.



Baby Giraffe and Gorillas Expected Soon at North Carolina Zoo!

One pregnant Giraffe and two pregnant Gorillas are the most exciting announcements at the North Carolina Zoo and the subject of our latest Zoo FileZ television series.

Check out the link or better yet…  Plan a trip. It’s only a 90 minute drive from Charlotte!

Amazing Amphibians at the North Carolina

Learn how Earth’s Amphibian population may warn us about the health of our planet at Amphibian Day at the North Carolina Zoo.

Grayson Highlands Ponies

The award winning Zoo Filez television series launches 15th season!

It’s all happening at the  Zoo!

Prehistoric Dinosaurs are coming to life in all their massive life-like glory at a brand new exhibit at the North Carolina Zoo.

The North Carolina Zoo’s oldest elephant “once was blind but now can see” thanks to the wonders of Vet medicine.

Baby Chimps introduced to their troupe and to Zoo visitors.

Moto Guzzi Norge at Moto Guzzi’s 90th Anniversary at Lake Como, Italy.

The Moto Guzzi “Norge,”  was one of the featured motorcycles at Moto Guzzi’s 90th Anniversary on the shores of Lake Como, Italy.

Moto Guzzi 90th Anniversary, Lake Como, Italy

Here is the edited video as it appears on SPEED website that I shot with Neale Bayly in Mandello del Lario, Italy at the 90th anniversary of Moto Guzzi Motorcycles.

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Cool Off in Canada… A Maritime Motorcycle Adventure

West Virginia Bad Dream

Mass to Maine

Cape Breton & The Cabot Trail

Cool Off in Canada… A Maritime Motorcycle Adventure
Turquoise waters frame a rocky coast. I gaze at the sea hoping to see my first Humpback Whale. I have travelled more than 2000 miles to take in this picture perfect scene. Musing over a cappuccino at the Herring Choker Cafe near Baddeck, Nova Scotia, I realize that, although I have ridden seven days to get here, for me this was a journey that began half a century ago. Having left my Canadian home as a child, I have returned many times to visit. But this is the first time I will see my native land from the saddle of a motorcycle. It is also my first visit to the maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

The Summer heat can be brutal in North Carolina where I live now. Dreaming of relief from 100 degree days and the possibility of discovering something unknown about my own heritage, I loaded up my new 2011Triumph Sprint GT and headed North. My first destination is the little village of Janeville, on the Acadian Peninsula of Northern New Brunswick, nestled between forest and sea, where my cousin Judy lives. She will be my travel companion on this Maritime Motorcycle Adventure.

The Triumph Sprint GT is the perfect machine for two up touring. That’s good, because we have plenty to see. As a TV producer for more than thirty years, I don’t go anywhere without a camera. I’ve mounted a portable high definition Flip UltraHD video camera on the bike to capture and share my memories on this long overdue motorcycle tour of my native land. 

Terry Shiels is an award-winning Canadian born TV Producer and Director of  Photography best known for travel oriented productions that promote an active outdoor lifestyle.
SHIELS PRODUCTIONS captures a spirit of wonderment and discovery in the outdoors, portrays a life fulfilled through play and promotes respect for healthy living and a healthy world.

Learn how animals beat the Summer heat at the North Carolina Zoo

On this edition of the Zoo Filez TV series we learn how animals at the NC Zoo beat the hot Summer heat with a little help from NC Zoo staff who provide icy treats like frozen fish treats for Polar Bears.

White Alligators bring good luck to visitors at the North Carolina Zoo.

The new Swamp Ghosts exhibit at the North Carolina Zoo examines folklore about animals believed to be good luck charms including rare white alligators. Check  out the new TV features on our Zoo TV page.  See the “Zoo Filez on YouTube” link to see for yourself. Better yet, visit the Swamp Ghosts exhibit  at the  Zoo. Good fortune is sure to rub off on you.

Zoo Filez Fan Club

“Thank you. Thank you for your YouTube videos. My daughter Maddy has been watching them since she was 12 months old. We call you “zoo guy.” We found you while searching for nature videos on YouTube and are now avid fans. We love the new video of the “animal ambulance” that you posted recently. Please don’t stop. You are teaching our daughter all kinds of wonderful things. Because of you, polar bears are her favorite animal! We love your videos and the effect they have.”
Kind regards,
Mary, James and Maddy Cowan
Toronto, Ontario, Canada