Welcome to: THE ZOO

March 18, 2017

Animal Planet's new docuseries THE ZOO (Saturdays at 10 p.m. EST) is giving viewers a first-ever look at the day-to-day happenings behind the scenes at the zoo and the important work being done to conserve wildlife. After each episode, come back here for more inside information about the show. And plan a trip to see the Bronx Zoo, our animals, staff, and exhibits in person!

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Episode 5: Saturday, March 18


What's even cuter than a little blue penguin? A little blue penguin chick. You got to see ours on this week's episode of THE ZOO. JP's doing great and on exhibit in the Aquatic Bird House, you can plan a trip to see her. If you need any convincing that she's cute all grown up, check out the video below.

Share the little penguin love and download a cover photo for your Facebook profile!


Episode 4: Saturday, March 11


Dinky's Rehab

Since the show was filmed, Dinky's been off exhibit undergoing rehabilitation to get back in shape. Check out some photos from the process, and the dedicated staff (some of who you may recognize) that are helping her.

Episode 3: Saturday, March 4


A Bearded Tradition

This week on THE ZOO you met our herd of bison, a group of which we're particularly proud. The bison is not only an American conservation success story, but one the Bronx Zoo played a large part in. In 1913, the zoo (referred to then as the New York Zoological Society) shipped 14 bison to Wind Cave National Park in order to increase their population numbers in the United States. Photos from the archive, below.


This past November, the Bronx Zoo received the gift of eight purebred animals from the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes, the first transfer from a tribe to a zoo. These eight bison will help us continue to breed animals for restoration in the west. It's a long history we're proud to be a part of.


Cats and Dogs

We were excited to share our cheetah ambassador program with you on THE ZOO. Although our cats and dogs aren't ready for the public yet, we couldn't resist a moment to reflect on the progress they've made. Plus, they're pretty darn cute.


Episode 2: Saturday, February 25


Updates

Many of you have reached out about the animals featured on the show. For those who missed it, Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny gave a few updates on Twitter.


Pop Quiz

We've heard from a lot of folks about the amazing the dedication and expertise of our staff, which you saw firsthand in this week's episode. Some of the best experts in the world work here, providing incredible care for the animals, including the tomistoma from this week.

Think you know your frog from your toad from your tortoise like the Herpetology Department staff you saw? Take the quick "Are you smarter than a reptile keeper?" quiz below and find out.

Episode 1: Saturday, February 18


Meet the cubs

Malayan tiger cubs, that is. Only about 250 of these tigers are left in the wild, so the cubs here at the Bronx Zoo, females named Nadia and Azul, are especially important to the species' survival. You heard their story on this week's show and we're giving them an encore. If you've already fallen for them, check out their appearance the TODAY show below.

The images and footage here are from the tigers' early days at the zoo. Following the cubs' birth, their mother was not providing suitable maternal care so Bronx Zoo keepers intervened and hand-raised the cubs until they were fully weaned. Come spring, be sure to visit in person and see how they've grown!


Go Ape

Were you inspired by the gorilla story on this week's episode (and the Bronx Zoo's incredible team of professionals that give the gorillas year-round care)? Gorilla-fy your Facebook page with the download below.

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