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Secrets of the Zoo

Secrets of the Zoo

Nat Geo Wild 2018

With more than 10,000 animals in their care and over 2.4 million guests welcomed a year, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and The Wilds have many compelling stories to tell. Over the course of the last year, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium staff and documentarians at Nat Geo WILD have been working together to share a glimpse into the incredible bonds between caretakers and animals at the Zoo.Secrets of the Zoo also focuses on the Columbus Zoo’s incredible conservation work, including an in-depth look at The Wilds, one of the largest conservation centers in North America at 10,000 acres, and home to rare and endangered animals from around the world.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

The 10 Best Episodes of Secrets of the Zoo

Secrets of the Zoo - S3E6

#1 - Dancing with the Devils (Season 3 - Episode 6)

Iconic Australian animals make an entrance, a rare mountain goat birth is recorded, and a near extinct species of deer take keepers for a swim.

The episode was rated 7.20 from 15 votes.

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Secrets of the Zoo - S3E4

#2 - King of the Jungle (Season 3 - Episode 4)

Staff members have their hands full with an adorable koala that’s losing weight, and a routine exam on a beloved lemur takes an unexpected turn.

The episode was rated 7.14 from 14 votes.

Secrets of the Zoo - S3E3

#3 - Flock of Flamingoes (Season 3 - Episode 3)

An ornery ostrich refuses to get its shots; a pregnant rhino prepares to give birth; a beloved nanny goat fights for its life.

The episode was rated 7.13 from 15 votes.

Secrets of the Zoo - S2E5

#4 - Later, Gator! (Season 2 - Episode 5)

Heidi Rose, a sloth bear brought in from Europe, shows signs of a limp, but Priya and the team discover her lungs are in even worse condition. Girl, the alligator, breaks out of her restraints during her annual exam. Gouda the loris is pregnant, so now it's up to her keepers to pick the perfect "cheesy" baby name. At the Wilds, the team races to cool down an African painted dog who overheats during a lengthy procedure.

The episode was rated 7.09 from 11 votes.

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Secrets of the Zoo - S3E5

#5 - Duckumentary (Season 3 - Episode 5)

Rory the duck, Krypto the Onager, and Unga the Bonobo are given a whole new lease on life, and Zucchini the Beaver has a gigantic tooth problem.

The episode was rated 7.08 from 13 votes.

Secrets of the Zoo - S3E1

#6 - Dhole Lotta Love (Season 3 - Episode 1)

A litter of orphaned wild dogs seeks acceptance from the pack leader. Meanwhile, an endangered chuckwalla beats the odds, and a 44-year-old orangutan has a birthday bash.

The episode was rated 7.07 from 14 votes.

Secrets of the Zoo - S1E1

#7 - Stand By Your Manatee (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Tiger cubs take on new turf; an orphaned baby Manatee is rescued from the wild; and a male Oryx makes his move on a herd of females.

The episode was rated 7.00 from 17 votes.

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Secrets of the Zoo - S1E6

#8 - Bringing Up Baby! (Season 1 - Episode 6)

The keepers make their morning breakfast rounds at the Heart of Africa exhibit, a young bull elephant has a play date while his expectant mother gets an ultrasound, a rare okapi gets a checkup, a cougar has a concerning abscess and it's a winter herd roundup at The Wilds.

The episode was rated 7.00 from 13 votes.

Secrets of the Zoo - S2E4

#9 - Baby Watch (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Everyone at the zoo is waiting for the birth of Zuri's baby, which will be the first giraffe birth at the Columbus Zoo in more than twenty years. But Zuri isn't the only resident in need of the zoo's attention, there are horses that need pedicures and a bunch of penguins who need to get their annual exams, if the keepers can catch them!

The episode was rated 7.00 from 13 votes.

Secrets of the Zoo - S2E3

#10 - Welcome to the Family (Season 2 - Episode 3)

The staff at the Columbus Zoo can hardly contain themselves as they prepare to make a home for an orphaned baby gorilla. A longtime resident at the zoo named Annyeung has lost his voice and out at The Wilds, a pregnant giraffe named Lulu keeps the keepers on the edge of their seats as they anxiously await the birth of their newest member.

The episode was rated 6.94 from 18 votes.

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Secrets of the Zoo - S3E7
#11 - The Otter Limits
6.93
Season 3 - Episode 7

The team teaches baby otters to swim before they make their television debut. A cougar’s future gets brighter with some expert eye care.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
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Secrets of the Zoo - S1E5
#12 - Beauties and the Beasts
6.92
Season 1 - Episode 5

Baby fever spreads through the zoo as a cheetah repopulation program goes into full effect, and Jack Hanna chases chaos through the zoo as he prepares to delight a crowd. Meanwhile, the park's most chill residents get a frozen spaghetti seal treat.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
Secrets of the Zoo - S3E10
#13 - Cheetah Play Date
6.77
Season 3 - Episode 10

Two of the zoo's cats receive some high-tech assistance in the baby-making department; Rinzen the red panda and Eebi the mandrill come out on top.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
Secrets of the Zoo - S4E8
#14 - Waking the Dragon
6.75
Season 4 - Episode 8

The zoo’s penguin colony gets annual exams, and the staff holds its collective breath as a rare pangolin pregnancy unfolds at the Columbus Zoo.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
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Secrets of the Zoo - S4E3
#15 - Babies on Board
6.73
Season 4 - Episode 3

Babies at the zoo! Meet adorable bouncy baby goats, a trio of fluffy flamingo chicks, a sweet baby gazelle, and a feisty eland calf at the Wilds.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
Secrets of the Zoo - S2E11
#16 - Baby Elephant Watch
6.71
Season 2 - Episode 11

The entire zoo is on baby watch as Phoebe the Elephant goes into labor. It could be three days or 30 days before the big event, but Phoebe's keepers aren't going anywhere until she delivers. A dentist makes a house call to perform a root canal on Aurora the Polar Bear, and a family of flying foxes, better known as bats, gets its annual exam.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
Secrets of the Zoo - S2E9
#17 - A Serval Star is Born
6.67
Season 2 - Episode 9

A silverback Gorilla named Oliver gets his annual exam, and baby pronghorns meet their adult roommates for the first time. Keepers try to figure out why Gobi the Bactrian Camel has been mysteriously gaining weight, and a Serval cat named Kenya gets stage fright when she performs in Jungle Jack Hanna's anniversary show.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
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Secrets of the Zoo - S3E2
#18 - Grumpy Cat
6.67
Season 3 - Episode 2

An Asian takin calf hangs on for dear life, and a very grumpy tiger arrives at the Columbus Zoo. The zoo makes history by incubating rare turtle eggs.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Secrets of the Zoo - S3E9
#19 - Big Bear Theory
6.67
Season 3 - Episode 9

The zoo's beloved sloth finds its mate; an armadillo get its groove back; and a behind-the-scenes look at how the zookeepers wrangle a herd of rare donkeys into the barn for its annual check-up.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Secrets of the Zoo - S4E6
#20 - Polar Delivery
6.64
Season 4 - Episode 6

This week at the Columbus Zoo, we meet an adorable baby Rhino, witness an amazing polar bear birth, and comfort a rare bird named Marla.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
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Last updated: sep 30, 2022

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