8:00pm – Wednesday, April 18 on ABC1
Narrated by Alan Brough (Spicks And Specks) Wild Life At The Zoo is a fly-on-the-wall look into the workings of one of the world’s most renowned zoos, Taronga – home to 340 species and 3,400 animals across 52 acres of prime real estate on the shores of Sydney Harbour.
Over eight episodes viewers will be treated to a range of dramatic and heartfelt events revealing the intimate bond that exists between the animals and their keepers. Between high risk medical procedures, moving chimps to their new multimillion dollar sanctuary or helping with the birth of Sumatran cubs, this series shouldn’t be missed.
After years of planning, the Targona Zoo’s entire chimp community is on the move to a new state of the art sanctuary providing them with more room to roam. It’s no easy feat for keepers and vets as they try to relocate 18 of the zoo’s most dangerous animals, including a bunch of burly teenage chimps which are planning an ambush on the current Alpha male chimpanzee, Lubutu.
The move has attracted the attention of international chimpanzee expert Dr Jane Goodall who believes the new sanctuary is world class and watches with interest as the relocation could provoke riots amongst the chimps.
This process requires a team of vets who dart, anaesthetise, and restrain the chimps for the 300m journey to their new home but not all goes to plan as a routine health check on one of the chimps is marred by an emergency that puts the zoo on high alert.