This weekend, The Zoo: San Diego — an all-new documentary series that provides a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at animal care at the San Diego Zoo — debuts on Animal Planet.
Animal Planet global audience will get a rare opportunity to follow the animal care teams, including keepers, veterinarians and scientists of San Diego Zoo Global, who are working at the forefront of wildlife conservation.
In the first episode of the two-hour opener, “Welcome to Our World,” a baby klipspringer is born at the San Diego Zoo on one of the coldest nights of the year, and is miraculously nursed back to health. Also in this episode, Zoo reptile keepers and vet staff work together to unravel the mystery of why rare Mang Mountain pit vipers are having spinal issues; the California condor team at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park goes to unbelievable lengths to save this highly endangered species; and the Safari Park celebrates Joanne the gorilla’s fifth birthday.
In the second hour of the debut, in the episode “New Day for an Old Tortoise,” audiences will watch what happens when Jaws the Galápagos tortoise isn’t feeling well, and the Zoo staff works to bring him “out of his shell.” Also, Hunter the koala is ready for a mate, but are the female koalas ready for Hunter? And at the Safari Park, for the first time, not one but two baby giraffe calves need to be hand-reared simultaneously.
To watch The Zoo: San Diego, tune in to Animal Planet or download the Animal Planet GO app. Saturday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The following week, the series will move to its regular time of 9 p.m. ET/PT.