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Take a rare glimpse inside Taronga’s Wild Life
Over one million people visit Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos every year, but they rarely see what goes on behind-the-scenes to care for some of the world’s most endangered animals.
For the past few months our keepers, veterinary teams and researchers have had camera crews following their every move. They’ve even worn cameras on their hats, clipped to their chests and installed in their work areas to give you an ‘access all areas’ pass into their wild life.
From the Cambodian jungles to the rugged terrain of the Aussie bush, Wild Life at the Zoo takes you beyond Taronga’s gates, showing you the realities of global breeding programs and animal care. You’ll see the very moment endangered animals take their first breath, whilst the cameras capture all aspects of daily life at Taronga with unprecedented access.
The first episode of Series Two is gritty, at times confronting but ultimately uplifting. It tells the story of the cruel wildlife trade and the former life of Taronga’s Sun Bear, Mr. Hobbs. This much loved Taronga bear was rescued from the Cambodian restaurant trade before he could be dismembered to create Bear Paw Soup.
Share the emotional journey and sleepless nights with keeper, Nick who becomes a surrogate father to Tallow the koala joey. Being a koala keeper may seem like one of the cuter and cuddlier jobs at Taronga, but rearing a koala which has been rejected by its mother, is one hard job. It requires 24 hour dedication and is a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows.
What does a domestic pet have in common with a highly endangered Sumatran Tiger? Tonight’s episode reveals how tips for training your pet dog can also assist the Zoo’s carnivore keepers to care for the Big Cats.
This week’s episode is all about our Carnivore Division. From the large animals to the small, but still very powerful, you’ll get an insight into the political machinations of the Meerkats and see the introduction of two exquisitely beautiful Snow Leopards.
In this week’s episode, a pair of Fennec Foxes becomes parents for the first time, a White Rhinoceros arrives from Victoria to provide support for Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s pregnant rhino and viewers meet a very special penguin with very happy feet.
It’s the last episode of Wild Life at the Zoo, from plans to produce chimpanzee offspring to visiting a colony of Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies, this episode reveals the emotional highs and lows of a life dedicated to caring for wildlife.