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Located just 10 miles from New York's Times Square, the Bronx Zoo is a recognized world leader in animal care and species conservation. It houses more than 6,000 animals and has a staff of 500-plus people dedicated to their care and well-being. Never before have camera crews been granted full access to the 265-acre campus, until production of the docuseries "The Zoo," which was filmed over eight months. The results are stories focusing on dozens of animals and experiences at the facility, and its critical mission to conserve wildlife around the world. Episodes also highlight various employees and how their expertise and skills help provide top-quality care for the animals.

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Crate training Nikita the Amur tiger in preparation for her move to Washington, D.C., proves challenging; an endangered Chinese alligator shows signs of being pregnant; staff prepare to release rare New England cottontail rabbits into the wild.
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Peaches, a 2-month-old warthog, charms his keepers while training to become an animal ambassador; a nervous one-horned rhino adjusts to her new exhibit; Willow, a red panda, shows signs of being pregnant.
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Beloved camel Max develops a large abscess on the top of his head; a marmot prepares for her first classroom visit as an ambassador animal; a peregrine falcon found at the base of skyscraper is brought to the zoo for a health check.
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A pregnant African wild dog has the staff anxiously preparing for the big day; zoo director Jim Breheny steps in to help a keeper learn how to handle a golden eagle; a new tree in Jungle World gives the gibbons a fresh world to explore.
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Zoo staff face unexpected setbacks weaning a bright sea lion pup off its mother's milk; the bird team steps in to support a rejected curassow chick; a squirrel monkey visits the dentist.
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Staff members devise a treatment for a newborn snow leopard cub struggling to walk; a group of surprisingly adorable Rodrigues fruit bats are trained for a big move.
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A new bison calf has a hard time keeping up with his mom; the bird department prepares a group of Von der Decken hornbill chicks for their move to the Minnesota Zoo; keepers at the Central Park Zoo hope the female snow monkeys accept a new male.
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A trio of new penguin chicks are introduced to the pool for their first swim; family dynamics change when the mandrill monkey troop welcomes a new baby; a pair of king vultures are prepped for their big debut at the Queens Zoo.
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A markhor goat gives birth to Andre, the biggest baby of the year; a baby bat requires human care before it can be reintroduced to its colony; confiscated lizards destined for the pet trade require urgent medical attention.
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A 14-year-old otter is not its usual, energetic self; staff at the New York Aquarium move their sharks to a new exhibit; quirky capercaillies need help producing healthy chicks.
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When keepers introduce two tigers as potential mates, the process proves bumpy; a pair of African porcupines arrive at the zoo, requiring delicate handling; a pregnancy check on a 3,000-pound rhino necessitates some highly specialized equipment.
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The last polar bear in New York City is showing his age so staff make sure he gets all the attention he needs; a trio of red ruffed lemurs prepare for their big debut; a new exhibit is constructed for the hellbender, a giant amphibian with a bad reputation.
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Cardiologists try to determine why the geladas are experiencing a life-threatening heart condition; Nile crocodiles are shifted off exhibit for a maintenance project; the elephant shrews are breeding.
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A giraffe named Mashengo journeys from the Indiana Zoo to his new home in the Bronx; keepers hand-raise endangered ducklings and release them at the Central Park Children's Zoo; love is in the air for a pair of cloud rats.
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Andean bear Bouba returns from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., to reunite with his mate, Nicole; a king cobra is treated; Blanche, a feisty alpaca, is due to give birth at any moment.
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Iray, a red ruffed lemur, is rushed to the health center when keepers discover a wound on its leg; a new exhibit is built for the Pallas' cats, the original grumpy cats; seven baby turtles join the zoo's colony of an endangered species.
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Keepers introduce three gaur, a large species of cattle, to the rest of the herd; a sickly sambar fawn is rushed to the health center; the bird department prepares for the arrival of great hornbills.
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Surgery on a silverback gorilla's broken canine reveals a more serious medical issue; love develops between two birds-of-paradise; dozens of venomous tarantulas keep the staff on their toes.
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A team tests the problem-solving skills of lions against those of snow leopards; Willow, a young red panda, is having mysterious foot problems; the bird department awaits the gender reveal of two new adjutant stork chicks.
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Dave, a kangaroo suffering from chronic arthritis, tries cryotherapy; a large group of rambunctious gharials are trained to patiently wait for their food; a tiny pygmy marmoset gives birth to an even tinier baby.
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Zoo staff make the journey to east Africa to return to the wild thousands of toads they helped rescue from extinction; Utu, the test-pilot giraffe, tries out a new piece of equipment; the bird department works to save the lives of millions of birds.

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