Behind the "Behind the Scenes"

Why did the chimps move? Why do some animals move from one zoo to another? What is an international breeding program and how, in reality do they work?

If you’ve ever asked: ‘why...?’ find out more below.

Why did we move the Chimpanzees?

Most will agree moving house can be a stressful experience. It takes lots organisation and preparation, but when you are moving 19 Chimpanzees it involves years of meticulous planning and a specialist team of removalists including the primates’ dedicated keepers, veterinary staff, animal behaviourists, exhibit designers and tradespeople.

Why do we send animals like the Koalas to other zoos?

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 like Hunter between them.

Why did the Giraffe move overseas?

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.

Why did a gorilla move from France to Australia?

Taronga’s Western Lowland Gorilla family is part of an important worldwide breeding program which insures a future for their species. The Sydney group is recognised globally for their breeding success, with our much loved Silverback, ‘Kibabu’ having sired an impressive 14 offspring.

Wild Life At the Zoo

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. Tune in to Wild Life at the Zoo on ABC1.