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Season 5 / Episode 12 and airs on 12 December 2021 02:00
The first-ever series to go behind the scenes at the world-famous Bronx Zoo, The Zoo shares an unscripted look at the knowledge and diverse skills needed to operate a zoo. It focuses on the level of care given to the animals, the bond that exists between the animals and the staff, and how the higher purpose of zoos and aquariums is conservation of species in the wild.
Dave, a kangaroo suffering from chronic arthritis, tries cryotherapy; a large group of rambunctious gharials are trained to patiently wait for their food; a tiny pygmy marmoset gives birth to an even tinier baby.
When keepers introduce two tigers as potential mates, the process proves bumpy. A pair of African porcupines arrive at the zoo, requiring delicate handling. And a pregnancy check on a 3,000 pound rhino necessitates some highly specialized equipment.
The brown bears keep tearing up their exhibit, leaving zoo staff scrambling for a solution. Armani the aardvark gets treated for a tooth infection which has dampened her enthusiasm for digging. And, a group of burrowing owls prepare to move.
Trust and experience are put to the test when an elephant requires delicate veterinary treatment from her keepers. Endangered pink pigeons need all the help they can get to produce offspring. And Monty the adorable otter needs to visit the dentist.
The slow loris has a tiny window for breeding, so staff anxiously help a potential pair connect. The veterinary team develop ground-breaking techniques to treat the stoic penguins. And an okapi with a limp gets a helping hand.
The last polar bear in New York City is showing his age, so staff make sure he gets all the attention he needs; a trio of red ruffed lemurs prepare for their big debut; a new exhibit is constructed for the hellbender, a giant amphibian with a bad reputation.
A pregnant African wild dog has the staff anxiously preparing for the big day. Zoo director Jim Breheny steps in to help a keeper learn how to handle a golden eagle. And, a new tree in Jungle World gives the gibbons a new world to explore.
The ingenuity of zoo staff is put to the test as they devise a treatment for a newborn snow leopard cub struggling to walk. And a group of surprisingly adorable Rodrigues fruit bats are trained for a big move.
The squirrel monkeys play hard-to-get with the Children's Zoo's keepers. A pair of Komodo dragons meet for the first time, with explosive results. And the Inca terns prepare for their first big flight.
Surgery on a silverback gorilla's broken canine reveals a more serious medical issue. Is love in the air for two Birds of Paradise, Glory and Holiday? And, dozens of venomous tarantulas keep the staff on their toes.
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