The Zoo

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The Zoo

7:00pm Sunday, December 16 on TV One

Catch the cute and cuddly critters of Auckland Zoo in the family favourite, The Zoo.

In tonight’s season finale, male lion Lazarus is getting ready for his big trip across The Ditch.

There’s a bouncing bonanza at the zoo, with brand new joeys and a wallaby round-up.

And we say hello to the new arrivals – miniature monkeys, the golden lion tamarins and pygmy marmosets.

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The Zoo

7:00pm Sunday, November 25 on TV One

New Zealand’s favourite family viewing, The Zoo, is back!

Tonight, Auckland Zoo’s cheetah brothers, Osiris and Anubis, go on an early morning walkabout.

Rukiya the giraffe is pregnant, and after a long line of boys her keepers are hoping the baby is a girl. Will they get their wish?

Elsewhere, 15 of New Zealand’s rarest bird, the Shore Plover, are released on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Missed The Zoo? Full episodes are available online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.

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The Zoo

7:00pm Sunday, September 2 on TV One

New Zealand’s family viewing favourite, The Zoo is back!

But this time it’s all new on The Zoo. The action at Auckland Zoo is now shot in HD and special cameras have been installed to capture exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.

Tonight, when the new squirrel monkeys arrive at Auckland Zoo, they deliver a small surprise and a lot of laughs.

Sumatran tiger Molek shears her tooth, and specialist dentists are called in to give her a tiger-sized root canal.

And keepers uncover some of the mysteries of our rarest native frog.

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The Zoo

7:00pm Sunday, August 26 on TV One

New Zealand’s family viewing favourite, The Zoo, is back!

But this time, it’s all new on The Zoo. The action at Auckland Zoo is now shot in HD and special cameras have been installed to capture exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.

Tonight, young female giraffe Kiraka arrives from Australia but male giraffe Zabulu gives her the run around, to show her who’s boss.

Melur the orangutan is a model patient as she goes under anaesthetic to treat her dry, cracked hands.

And reptile keepers pull out all the stops to get Galapagos tortoise Smiley in the mood for love.

Missed The Zoo? Full episodes are available online. Go to www.tvnz.co.nz and click ‘on demand’.

7:00pm Sunday, August 12 on TV One

New Zealand’s family viewing favourite, The Zoo, is back! But this time, it’s all new on The Zoo.

The action at Auckland Zoo is now shot in HD and special cameras have been installed to capture exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.

Tonight, there’s a cheeky new kid on the block. A new rescued seal pup has a tense first meeting with the other zoo seals and sea lions.

Red panda Maya has lost her appetite, which has everyone worried.

And the orangutans try their hands at painting to celebrate Orangutan Caring Week.

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The Zoo

7:00pm Sunday, August 5 on TV One

New Zealand’s family viewing favourite, The Zoo, is back!

But this time, it’s all new on The Zoo. The action at Auckland Zoo is now shot in HD and special cameras have been installed to capture exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.

Tonight, see a day in the life of the Zoo’s oldest resident, chimpanzee Janie and her devoted keeper Christine, who she’s shared a bond with for 32 years.

Giraffe Jelani gets his sea legs on a five day trip across the Tasman to meet his new herd in Australia.

And keepers are in Tauranga to help rescue wild birds as part of the emergency response during the Rena oil spill disaster.

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The Zoo

7:00pm Sunday, July 29 on TV One

New Zealand’s family viewing favourite, The Zoo, is back!

But this time, it’s all new on The Zoo. All the action at Auckland Zoo is now shot in HD and special cameras have been installed to capture exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.

As well as catching up with the animals and their day-to-day routines, the keepers go into the field, as they release endangered birds onto islands in the Hauraki Gulf and assist with the Rena oil disaster rescue operation.

The cameras are there as tigers rip into a fresh deer hide pinata, Burma the elephant swims in a fresh lagoon, and kune kune pigs enter the lions den – literally. Young giraffe Jelani heads off over the ditch on his big OE while his mum Rukiya gives birth to his 1.8 metre-long leggy sister Nakuru.

The stunning, new native New Zealand precinct Te Wao Nui is flourishing and there’s a number of new kids on the block, including a rescued New Zealand fur seal pup and squirrel monkeys.

It’s all happening this season on The Zoo.

The Zoo Sunday August 26, 7.00pm

Tonight on The Zoo, viewers’ heartstrings will be pulled as we are introduced to the tormented baby chimp, Gah.

In West Africa, Auckland Zoo team leader Amy Dixon is at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon. The centre cares for orphaned and injured animals, including lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, mandrills and a whole host of other primates – large and small. Amy’s heart is captured by a gaggle of baby chimps, rescued from the pet trade after their mothers were killed for bush-meat. The babies are delighted with the attention Amy lavishes on them and Amy must juggle her duties as the little chimps gleefully clamber all over her. However, one of the baby chimps is not so keen to be friends.
As a tiny baby, Gah witnessed the murder of his entire family by hunters, who killed the chimps for their meat. Gah himself was shot twice in the head during the massacre before the hunters stuffed him in a car boot full of drugs. When baby Gah was finally brought to Limbe, he was paralysed and near-death, but the centre has a policy of never turning any animal away and they did their best to nurse him back to health. When Amy meets him for the first time, Gah is very wary, still bearing the physical and emotional scars of his past. But Amy is determined to help the little chimp and sets out to find ways to try and win his trust.

“Gah’s story is not unusual, he’s just one of the hundreds of chimps and gorillas orphaned by the bush-meat trade every year, each with their own dreadful history,’ says Amy. “Little Gah had the most disgusting start in life, it’s just horrific to think what he’s been through, but he was so trusting. He’d never met me before and he came to completely trust me. I was very honoured that he let me be his friend. It’s so amazing how forgiving they are… I wouldn’t be”.

Back home at Auckland Zoo, senior carnivore-keeper Trent is gearing up with plans to let the cheetahs run free, but preparations suddenly have to be placed on hold when Osiris starts to go worryingly lame. The brothers must be separated for the first time and Trent and the team pull out all the stops to find out what is ailing their boy.

Meanwhile, Auckland Zoo keeper Dave Robbins feels the need for speed when he travels to Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust near Rotorua. Dave hopes to learn all he can about the New Zealand Native Falcon – a bird which is now rarer in the wild than the kiwi. In order to see these magnificent birds on the wing, Dave must attempt to master the ancient art of falconry – no easy feat when the animal he must stay ahead of is travelling at a staggering 213km an hour!

The Zoo screens Sundays on TV2 at 7.00pm.

The Zoo
Sunday August 26, 7.00pm

Tonight on The Zoo, viewers’ heartstrings will be pulled as we are introduced to the tormented baby chimp, Gah.

In West Africa, Auckland Zoo team leader Amy Dixon is at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon. The centre cares for orphaned and injured animals, including lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, mandrills and a whole host of other primates – large and small. Amy’s heart is captured by a gaggle of baby chimps, rescued from the pet trade after their mothers were killed for bush-meat. The babies are delighted with the attention Amy lavishes on them and Amy must juggle her duties as the little chimps gleefully clamber all over her. However, one of the baby chimps is not so keen to be friends.
As a tiny baby, Gah witnessed the murder of his entire family by hunters, who killed the chimps for their meat. Gah himself was shot twice in the head during the massacre before the hunters stuffed him in a car boot full of drugs. When baby Gah was finally brought to Limbe, he was paralysed and near-death, but the centre has a policy of never turning any animal away and they did their best to nurse him back to health. When Amy meets him for the first time, Gah is very wary, still bearing the physical and emotional scars of his past. But Amy is determined to help the little chimp and sets out to find ways to try and win his trust.

“Gah’s story is not unusual, he’s just one of the hundreds of chimps and gorillas orphaned by the bush-meat trade every year, each with their own dreadful history,’ says Amy. “Little Gah had the most disgusting start in life, it’s just horrific to think what he’s been through, but he was so trusting. He’d never met me before and he came to completely trust me. I was very honoured that he let me be his friend. It’s so amazing how forgiving they are… I wouldn’t be”.

Back home at Auckland Zoo, senior carnivore-keeper Trent is gearing up with plans to let the cheetahs run free, but preparations suddenly have to be placed on hold when Osiris starts to go worryingly lame. The brothers must be separated for the first time and Trent and the team pull out all the stops to find out what is ailing their boy.

Meanwhile, Auckland Zoo keeper Dave Robbins feels the need for speed when he travels to Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust near Rotorua. Dave hopes to learn all he can about the New Zealand Native Falcon – a bird which is now rarer in the wild than the kiwi. In order to see these magnificent birds on the wing, Dave must attempt to master the ancient art of falconry – no easy feat when the animal he must stay ahead of is travelling at a staggering 213km an hour!

The Zoo screens Sundays on TV2 at 7.00pm.

The Zoo Sunday July 29, 7.00pm

The multi-award-winning local series, The Zoo, returns to TV2 with more irresistible animal antics.

This family-favourite programme takes viewers behind the scenes at Auckland Zoo, with more great stories about the animals and their keepers. Now in its ninth year, The Zoo has become an international hit, making New Zealand’s favourite animals world-famous.
“Our crew is based full-time at Auckland Zoo, giving us the opportunity to bring you stories from the very beginning, with exclusive behind-the-scenes access. As well as all the local goings-on, in this series we also travel to the remote jungles of Cameroon in West Africa,” says producer Rebecca Mellor.

The Zoo crew follows the Primates Team Leader, Amy Dixon, who spends time at Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon. The Centre cares for orphaned and injured animals, including lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, mandrills and a whole host of other primates – large and small.

During the course of her stay, Amy takes her life in her hands, going one-on-one with an injured male gorilla, who soon becomes her firm friend when they share a meal of bread and yoghurt together. She also gets to know baby Gah, a tiny baby chimp with an appallingly violent history. Gah’s whole family was killed for bush meat and Gah himself was shot twice in the head during the massacre. He bears the scars, physical and emotional of his past and, while the other baby chimps are all over Amy immediately, Gah is initially very wary. Amy perseveres with him and is eventually rewarded with his trust.

Back in New Zealand, a massive swap gets underway when three male rhinos move to Auckland Zoo from Hamilton and Kruger, Auckland’s big boy moves down to keep the girls company in Hamilton. It’s a big day as the massive animals make their way up and down the country and settle in their new homes. Soon after, Hamilton welcomes a new baby to their rhino family and the cute factor of the Hamilton herd shoots through the roof as the new little girl gets to grips with the big wide world.

Last series, Nisha, Auckland Zoo’s beloved Sumatran Tiger, passed away just as her new mate was due to come to New Zealand from Israel. The series finished with the arrival of the sleek new boy, Oz, as he arrived from Tel Aviv. This series, Oz has settled in and his show-off antics have guaranteed him a huge and devoted fan base among zoo visitors. Meanwhile, his new mate, Molek, prepares to leave her sister and her home in Hamilton Zoo for the move North to meet Oz. But all does not go to plan with the love match.

Also in this series, Natives Team Leader, Andrew, heads into the forest to collect some precious Kiwi eggs, which are then incubated and hatched at Auckland Zoo, giving us the chance to see the huge Kiwi egg transform into a tiny, perfect, newborn Kiwi. The chicks are then released back into the wild, on Motuora Island.

The lovable animals of The Zoo are back with a new series on TV2, Sundays at 7.00pm.