Wild Life at the Zoo
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?