Animal lovers are in for a treat when Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo premieres this weekend.
Narrated by Naomi Watts, this fascinating new documentary series will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run one of the world’s most famous and magnificent zoos.
Making her return to Australian television, Watts said: “I moved to Australia as a teenager and remember going to Taronga. It was a beautiful experience, the animals and the setting. I remember thinking I can’t wait to take my children here one day.”
As Taronga Zoo completes some of the biggest changes in its history there has never been a more exciting time to show Australia what makes this magical place tick.
No part of Taronga’s sprawling 21 hectares – set on spectacular Sydney Harbour – is off limits in this gripping series which tracks the 240 keepers and vets who care for more than 5000 animals.
Millions of visitors from Australia and around the world pass through the zoo’s gates every year to get a glimpse of some of the most amazing creatures on the planet. But what they don’t see is the incredible, groundbreaking work that goes on behind the animal exhibits – until now.
Meet 18-year-old Kibali, Taronga Zoo’s silverback western lowland gorilla. Kibali has been unwell, so staff must perform a full health check for the first time in 10years. You’ll be glued to your seat as you watch their dramatic efforts to anaesthetise, then perform a thorough examination on the dangerous 200kg gorilla. We’ll also take viewers inside the rehabilitation hospital as its expert staff try to save two shy albatross who have been injured in a bad storm.
Plus, we travel to Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo to see a baby white rhino and its protective mother as it joins the herd for the first time.
Saturday at 7.00pm on Nine