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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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Iconic Australian animal arrivals make quite an impression with their unexpected screeching; a rare mountain goat birth is observed.
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A 44-year-old orangutan has the biggest birthday bash of the year at the zoo.
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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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Staff members at Columbus Zoo and The Wilds count down the days until spring.
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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium makes room for three adorable new cheetah cubs.
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Phoebe the elephant goes into labor; Aurora the polar bear gets a root canal.
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A penguin stuck in molt for a year has hopefully seen the last of his bad hair days.
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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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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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At the Columbus Zoo, keepers form extraordinary bonds with the animals in their charge.
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With nearly 6,000 veterinary cases and well over 100 births each year, the team at the Columbus Zoo has no shortage of incredible drama.
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Baby fever spreads, as a cheetah repopulation program goes into full effect.
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The team hits the coasts for animal conservation, returning two rescued manatees to their native waters.
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The staff at the Columbus Zoo can hardly contain itself as it prepares to make a home for an orphaned baby gorilla.
aired 26 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.
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The keepers make their early morning breakfast rounds at the Heart of Africa exhibit.
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Everyone at the zoo awaits the birth of Zuri the giraffe's baby.
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The staff throws a polar bear party; Priya works with her husband on a shark exam.
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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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Tiger cubs take on new turf; an orphaned baby manatee is rescued from the wild; a male oryx makes his move on a herd of females.

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