A new documentary that tells the stories from behind-the-scenes at Taronga Zoo and Taronga Western Plains Zoo airs on Saturday evenings on Channel Nine.
The documentary Taronga: Who's Who in the Zoo, takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the two zoos sharing stories about some of the groundbreaking work that happens at both zoos, the conservation work undertaken and the tasks involved in caring for exotic and Australia animals.
The documentary is narrated by Aussie actress and Hollywood star Naomi Watts.
"To share some of the amazing stories from both zoos to a national audience is a great opportunity to give viewers insight into what it takes to run a zoo and the care required for our many animals," Taronga Western Plains Zoo director Steve Hinks said.
"It is definitely a documentary that the whole family can watch and enjoy together and hopefully viewers learn more about animal conservation that happens right here in your backyard."
The new documentary not only shares stories about some of the animals at each zoo but also the zookeepers and veterinary teams that care for the animals on a daily basis.
"The documentary will cover everything from animal births and veterinary procedures to animal training and transporting animals from one zoo to another," Mr Hinks said.
"The White Rhino calf was the first story from Taronga Western Plains Zoo to feature last week, with stories about our Bongo calf and Ring-tailed Lemur babies coming up soon."
"The documentary helps to highlight the plight of wildlife both in our care and in the wild.
"Currently, our wildlife are in crisis as a result of the recent bushfires and ongoing severe drought, so it is important to raise awareness of these issues as well," Steve.
If you have ever wondered what happens behind-the-scenes at a zoo, be sure to tune in to Taronga: Who's Who at the Zoo, on Saturdays at 7pm on Channel Nine.
OTHER ZOO NEWS
Taronga Zoo, Sydney, is devastated to announce the passing of our oldest Giraffe 'Nyota', who passed away last week at the age of 28.
This is an incredible milestone given the average lifespan of a giraffe is between 20-25 years.
Nyota was born at Taronga Zoo in 1992 and was a very special, one-of-a-kind, free-spirited lady.
She delighted guests and keepers alike with her smart personality and was always the 'star' of the Giraffe herd as her name suggested in Swahili. Nyota will be sadly missed by all who knew her.