We're back for another unscripted look at what is needed to operate a zoo! Tune in Saturdays at 9pm ET/PT and then check back here for more info about these incredible animals and the staff that care for them. Of course, you can always buy tickets and plan a trip to see some of your favorites in person.
Episode 2: Saturday, March 17, 2018
This week you met June Bug and Sneedy, our female and male juvenile African-crested porcupines. We thoroughly enjoyed watching their storyline play out so we checked in with Kathleen LaMattina, Collections Manager of Special Animal Exhibits at the Bronx Zoo, to get a little more information. Take a look at our Q&A below!
How old are June Bug and Sneedy now?
Almost 9 months old.
How do they get along with each other?
At this age in the wild brother and sister would no longer be living together. These guys are sexually mature now so they were separated to keep them from breeding.
What are the plans for the duo in the future?
They are going to be awesome animal ambassadors for their species! Animal ambassadors give visitors the chance for up close interactions with animals, which creates an appreciation and concern for animals in the wild. It’s an important role in our work to conserve species around the world.
What is the most common feedback you get from visitors who meet them?
People never think porcupines could be so charismatic. They are very sensitive and intelligent creatures.
If you could let people know one thing about porcupines they may not know already, what would it be?
They don't shoot their quills! When threatened, porcupine quills are raised. Some porcupines will run backwards towards the perceived threat. The quills, which are actually modified hairs, detach easily when contact is made.
Episode 1: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Dave's Ready for His Close-up!
You learned a lot about kangaroo Dave this week on THE ZOO. Now it's time to get up close and personal. And what better way to do that than with a few 'roo glamour shots? Enjoy!
This week on the show, you met the Indian gharials that moved into JungleWorld last year. These slender-snouted crocodilians are Critically Endangered. In the video below, Don Boyer, Curator of Herpetology, explains the role the Bronx Zoo and WCS play in gharial conservation.
Take a look back at some of our favorite storylines from Animal Planet's THE ZOO, season one.
Episode 8: Saturday, April 8, 2017
On the season finale of THE ZOO, you got another look at how the Bronx Zoo impacts conservation around the world—whether working to stop deadly bird strikes with glass in cities like New York or bringing Kihansi spray toads back in Tanzania. Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny took a few minutes to tell us more about the important work conducted on these projects.
Inside the Zoo with Jim Breheny: Kihansi Spray Toads
Inside the Zoo with Jim Breheny: Bird Strike Mitigation
Episode 7: Saturday, April 1, 2017
As you may have learned on this week's episode of THE ZOO, roughly a decade ago, an orphaned snow leopard cub came to the Bronx Zoo from Pakistan. Leo's mother was killed and he was too young to survive on his own in the wild. In the Bronx, he quickly became a conservation ambassador, representing an endangered species, as well as a crowd favorite.
His acquisition was also significant for the Association of Zoos & Aquarium's Species Survival Plan, as we recently heard from Bronx Director Jim Breheny.
Inside the Zoo with Jim Breheny: Snow Leopards
From the archives, these are just a few of the more than 70 snow leopard cubs we've bred at the zoo over the years, as participants in this effort. Our connection to the species dates back even further, too. In 1903, the Bronx Zoo became the first zoo in the U.S. to exhibit these big cats.
Episode 6: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Sharks of New York
Much like the city itself, New York's waters are incredibly diverse. While we know there are sharks here, we're still learning about their behavior. Getting to know underwater wildlife can be tricky so WCS scientists rely in part on electronic tags to follow their movements, like you saw this week on THE ZOO. Sharks may have a fearsome reputation, but they need our help now more than ever. Gathering information will help inform conservation work and ensure a future for these magnificent animals.
Our New York Aquarium and field conservation teams have joined forces to study the New York Bight, from Montauk, NY, to Cape May, NJ. One reason we can have such an impact in saving species around the world is that we harness the power of our four zoos and our aquarium—the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and New York Aquarium—and our global field conservation program, which works to save wildlife in nearly 60 nations and all the world's oceans. That includes right here in New York.
Check out this footage of sharks off the coast of New York shot by our New York Aquarium scientists.
Episode 5: Saturday, March 18, 2017
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, check out the video below of her cute and all grown up.
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Episode 4: Saturday, March 11, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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.
Episode 1: Saturday, February 18, 2017
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!
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