The Bronx Zoo returns once again to Animal Planet to tell the stories of the remarkable animals that call it home in the new season of “The Zoo.”
In the show’s fifth season, viewers can see the hard work and heartwarming moments that unfold in everyday life at the Bronx Zoo and its sister parks across New York City, as well as the the zoo’s groundbreaking work in animal care. and welfare, conservation and education.
“The dedication of our essential zoo and aquarium staff has never been more evident than in Season 5,” said Jim Breheny, director of the Bronx Zoo. “They continued to provide expert animal care every day throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and have never lost sight of our conservation mission. The staff in all of our WCS parks and those in zoos and aquariums around the world who braved the unknowns of the virus to ensure that the animals‘ daily needs were met are true heroes. “
The premiere begins with a variety of new animals making new homes at the Bronx Zoo, including a herd of Bactrian deer fawns from Ohio, a young red kangaroo named Troody, and a keeled toucan rescued from the dark world of the animal trafficking. Gorillas at the zoo begin to experiment with a new kind of avant-garde enrichment as a trio of lynx kittens from the Queens Zoo take their first steps in the public eye. Viewers will also receive an update on Nadia, the Malaysian tiger who was the first animal in the United States to be diagnosed with COVID-19.
Throughout the season, viewers will be able to see several of the Bronx Zoo (and the rest of the WCS Parks) adventures with animals. Staff at the Bronx Zoo plan to introduce a pair of endangered Coquerel’s sifaka in the hope that they will mate, while Sydney, a rescued harbor seal pup, finds a new home in the ‘New York Aquarium. Viewers can also watch a pair of rehabilitated ospreys become ambassadors for their species, and see how the zoo’s veterinary staff build a one-of-a-kind orthopedic shoe to help a swaying little turkey chick walk.
“The Zoo” kicks off with a two-hour special premiere on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. ET / PT on Animal Planet, with new episodes airing each subsequent Saturday at 9 p.m. ET / PT. Check out a preview of the new season below:
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