Wild Life at the Zoo

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 8pm, ABC1 This is the de­but of a sec­ond sea­son for the lo­cally made Wild Life at the Zoo, an ob­ser­va­tional doc­u­men­tary se­ries about the an­i­mals and keep­ers at Syd­ney’s Taronga Zoo, home to more than 3400 an­i­mals. The ti­tle to me seems some­what oxy­moronic. Zoo crea­tures, no mat­ter how elab­o­rate their habi­tat, are hardly wildlife. In any case, with ef­fec­tive nar­ra­tion from Alan Brough of Spicks and Specks fame, more cute crea­tures than you can poke a stick at, and a bunch of peo­ple whose love for the an­i­mals they care for is pal­pa­ble, this is pretty good tele­vi­sion. In this episode a lonely fe­male sun­bear is on the way to help a psy­cho­log­i­cally dam­aged male res­cued from the restau­rant trade in Cam­bo­dia. Their first date doesn’t go so well. Nei­ther does a sim­i­larly con­trived set-up for a pair of rhi­nos. Well, how would you like to have your breed­ing part­ner cho­sen by a mem­ber of a dif­fer­ent species?

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