It’s a jammed packed episode of Wild Life at the Zoo. Giraffes, Koalas and a grand old Brown Bear.
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A young female Giraffe leaves Dubbo’s Western Plains Zoo, for the trip of a life time, an ocean voyage across the Tasman Sea to join a breeding program in New Zealand. Normally a film crew would capture initial footage of the journey before the boat reaches the high seas, but Wild Life at the Zoo’s cameraman was there for the entire ocean crossing.
‘Hunter’ the Koala has also arrived as the new ‘stud’ at LA Zoo to bring new genetics to their breeding program, but will the feisty females welcome him?
And from new beginnings to caring for an animal in their twilight years, viewers meet ‘Bethyl’, one of the oldest Brown Bears in the world.
Modern zoos don’t work in isolation - there’s a network of over 600 zoos worldwide that act like a giant Noah’s Ark for many species. To make sure the animals in world zoos are genetically healthy, it sometimes involves moving animals between them.
As a Senior Keeper, you never know what project you might be tackling next. Recently, Roger accompanied young Giraffe, Kiraka on a road and ocean voyage to Auckland Zoo.
Alisa worked at Taronga Western Plains Zoo for six months covering a maternity leave position. During her time at the Zoo, Alisa helped ensure that all 700 animals in the zoo’s population were healthy and well cared for during any illness.
Nick attributes his career choice to growing up around animals and having very supportive parents who didn’t shy away from their 8 year old son bringing home a menagerie of animals including venomous snakes!
As a zoo keeper , there are many times that you’re called upon to be filmed about various aspects of your job. Usually these encounters with media are often brief. However this time it was different. Never before had we had crew working so closely with us following our daily lives at the Zoo every step of the way, sharing in our tragedies and triumphs.
Justine has been a keeper at Taronga for 17 years, working with a large variety of animals throughout that time. Initially she was based in the Australian mammals section, before working with primates including gorillas and chimpanzees, and finally ending up as Senior Keeper in Carnivores.