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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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Staff members at Columbus Zoo and The Wilds count down the days until spring.
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The team teaches baby otters to swim before they make their television debut.
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Two of the zoo's cats receive some high-tech assistance in the baby-making department.
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A herd of donkeys is wrangled into the barn for its annual checkup.
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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.
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Iconic Australian animal arrivals make quite an impression with their unexpected screeching; a rare mountain goat birth is observed.
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An ornery ostrich refuses to get its shots; a pregnant rhino prepares to give birth; a beloved nanny goat fights for its life.
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An Asian takin calf hangs on for dear life; a very grumpy tiger arrives at the zoo.
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A bonobo's exam gets off to a rocky start; a Bactrian deer needs medical attention.
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Phoebe the elephant goes into labor; Aurora the polar bear gets a root canal.
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A tiny loris goes in for a CT scan; Febreze the skunk sees a heart specialist.
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A monkey shows its true colors; a gigantic female bison gets a checkup.
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The ZooTampa team prepares the animals for the wintertime weather.
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The keepers make their early morning breakfast rounds at the Heart of Africa exhibit.
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Baby fever spreads, as a cheetah repopulation program goes into full effect.
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A young kangaroo named Fergus gets a gut check in the love department.
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The team hits the coasts for animal conservation, returning two rescued manatees to their native waters.
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Doctors rush to save a cheetah; rescued macaws get a new life at the zoo; polar bear cubs go off the deep end.
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At the Columbus Zoo, animals line up for extensive dental and oral exams.
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A 600-pound manatee named Agua is released back into the wild after years at the zoo.
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A 44-year-old orangutan has the biggest birthday bash of the year at the zoo.

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