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Saturday night on Taronga: Who’s Who in the Zoo on Nine we see an attempt at a world first: successfully exporting a pair of platypus to America.
Narrated by Naomi Watts, this fascinating new documentary series gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run one of the world’s most
famous and magnificent zoos.
As Taronga Zoo completes some of the biggest changes in its history there has never been a more exciting time to show Australia what makes this magical place tick.
No part of Taronga’s sprawling 28 hectares – set on spectacular Sydney Harbour – is off limits in this gripping series which tracks the 240 keepers and vets who care for more than 4500 animals.
Platypus are native to the east coast rivers of Australia and are common in our zoos. However, not one platypus exists outside of Australia. In this captivating episode, Taronga Zoo attempts to make history by transporting a male and female to world-renowned San Diego Zoo. With critical requirements to keep them alive, the zoo must work out how to make this tricky platypus export fly.
With their feet firmly planted on the ground, we also visit Taronga’s penguins during breeding season. It is up to zoo keepers Lindsay and Crystal to track how many eggs have been laid and how many chicks have hatched. Plus, see how the Asian elephants at Taronga Western Plains Zoo cool down on a scorching summer day with an elephant-sized ice block.
Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo is produced for Nine by McAvoy Media.
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