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The Zoo

The Zoo

  • Premiered: 
    February 18, 2017
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  • Network: Animal Planet
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Animal
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Plot Synopsis

Filmed over an eight-month period on the Bronx Zoo's 265-acre campus, THE ZOO is a one-hour series that documents the world of more than 6,000 animals and the 500-plus people dedicated to their care and well-being. For this diverse community of people who work at the zoo, this series reveals how their expertise and varied skills come together to provide the highest quality care for the animals and conserve wildlife worldwide. In the premiere episode, Ntondo, a silverback gorilla is diagnosed with glaucoma and staff devise a strategy to keep him comfortable, two keeper-raised Malayan tiger cubs are prepared for their introduction to their exhibit at Tiger Mountain and a zookeeper methodically orchestrates the introduction of two endangered maleo birds to form a pair bond, breed -- and eventually, produce a chick. Other storylines include how the Bronx and Toledo Zoos worked to prevent the extinction of the Kihansi spray toad; the rescue of an orphaned snow leopard cub from a remote region in Pakistan; and the history of the Bronx Zoo's conservation efforts with the American bison.
On Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT, Animal Planet premiered "Kangaroo Dave," the Season 2 premiere of THE ZOO. The season opener features: Dave, a kangaroo suffering from chronic arthritis, who tries cryotherapy; a large group of rambunctious gharials, who are trained to patiently wait for their food; and, a tiny pygmy marmoset giving birth to an even tinier baby. Other stories this season include: breeding komodo dragons; keepers training bats, a golden eagle and Indian gharials; the head-starting of hellbenders, a giant salamander found in Eastern North America, for introduction into the wild; and how a keeper deals with retiring after 31 years of caring for Happy, Patty and Maxine, the zoo's three female Asian elephants.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Left/Right Productions
  • Produced by Copper Pot


  • Bronx Zoo - Bronx, New York USA