Wild Life at the Zoo
Broadcaster ABC1 Australia
Series 1 2012 -10 x ½ hour
Series 2 2013 - 6 x 1/2 hour
Brand New 8 Part Factual Series
With innovative cameras and unprecedented access, experience the world of a zoo from a whole new angle. This is an extraordinary opportunity for the audience to see the operation of a world renowned zoo from the inside out.
Taronga Zoo - it's one of the world’s greatest zoos; home to more than 3400 animals that reside on 52 acres of prime real estate on the shores of Sydney Harbour. It's nearly 100 years old and one of the most progressive zoos in the world. This series proves it; as keepers, vets and staff at Taronga Zoo embark on some of their most ambitious projects ever.
This is an event led series which will not only tell stories of Taronga's charismatic animals, but explore the intimate bond that exists between the animals and their keepers.
The series kicks off with the culmination of one of the zoo’s most ambitious ever projects the movement of 18 Chimps to their new multimillion dollar sanctuary. There’s a dramatic twist when the chimps are anaesthetised which sends the zoo on it’s highest alert. The chimp politics of moving five troops will severely test vet, keepers and staff.
A flurry of births including those of endangered Tassie Devils will warm hearts but also demonstrate the challenges and importance of captive breeding programmes. In a rare event, we witness cubs born to Taronga’s sumatran tiger - a critically endangered species. The series also tracks difficult re-locations such as getting a giraffe to New Zealand and a blackback gorilla takes a 24 hour flight from France to his new home at Taronga where he’ll rise to the status of a Silverback.
We'll experience the care and the impact these animals have on their keepers and vets, whether they’re taking them on an international journey, assisting with a new birth, or taking on a high risk medical procedure. The series provides an intimate portrayal of the human / animal bond. One that provides humour, affection, emotion and occasionally sadness. It’s a gripping new factual series that reveals the world of a zoo from a whole new perspective.