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Secrets of the Zoo

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One of the largest and most popular zoos in the U.S., Ohio's renowned Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and its conservation park The Wilds, houses more than 10,000 animals on 12,000 acres. It's also the part-time home of beloved wildlife guru Jack Hanna, the zoo's director emeritus. Now, Nat Geo Wild is taking viewers inside the grounds and allowing them to experience what visitors can't: compelling, heartwarming stories, and behind-the-scenes moments and adventures. "Secrets of the Zoo" introduces both the animals and the legions of workers who create unforgettable connections between people and wildlife.

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aired 45 days ago
The team hits the coasts for animal conservation, returning two rescued manatees to their native waters.
aired 45 days ago
Doctors rush to save a cheetah; rescued macaws get a new life at the zoo; polar bear cubs go off the deep end.
aired 59 days ago
Two of the zoo's cats receive some high-tech assistance in the baby-making department.
aired 59 days ago
A herd of donkeys is wrangled into the barn for its annual checkup.
aired 59 days ago
A monkey shows its true colors; a gigantic female bison gets a checkup.
aired 59 days ago
The team teaches baby otters to swim before they make their television debut.
aired 73 days ago
At the Columbus Zoo, animals line up for extensive dental and oral exams.
aired 80 days ago
A 600-pound manatee named Agua is released back into the wild after years at the zoo.
aired 80 days ago
Iconic Australian animal arrivals make quite an impression with their unexpected screeching; a rare mountain goat birth is observed.
aired 80 days ago
Rory the duck, Krypto the onager, and Unga the bonobo are given a whole new lease on life; Zucchini the beaver has a gigantic tooth problem.
aired 87 days ago
An ornery ostrich refuses to get its shots; a pregnant rhino prepares to give birth; a beloved nanny goat fights for its life.
aired 87 days ago
An Asian takin calf hangs on for dear life; a very grumpy tiger arrives at the zoo.
aired 87 days ago
A 44-year-old orangutan has the biggest birthday bash of the year at the zoo.
aired 87 days ago
Staff members at Columbus Zoo and The Wilds count down the days until spring.
aired 94 days ago
Baby pronghorns meet their adult roommates for the first time.
aired 108 days ago
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium makes room for three adorable new cheetah cubs.
aired 110 days ago
Phoebe the elephant goes into labor; Aurora the polar bear gets a root canal.
aired 110 days ago
A penguin stuck in molt for a year has hopefully seen the last of his bad hair days.
airs in 6 days
Baby fever spreads, as a cheetah repopulation program goes into full effect.
aired 128 days ago
The staff at the Columbus Zoo can hardly contain itself as it prepares to make a home for an orphaned baby gorilla.
airs in 6 days
The keepers make their early morning breakfast rounds at the Heart of Africa exhibit.

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