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The Zoo

About the Series

Now entering its fifth season, The Zoo will once again bring to life the emotion and passion the zookeepers of Dublin Zoo have for the animals they care for in a dramatic and highly entertaining new series.

This year's show features lots of new animals and their stories, from the arrival of the exotic and highly-endangered okapi to the birth of baby monkeys - a white-faced saki baby and pygmy marmoset twins.

Other stories include how keepers care for an iguana with a sore limb and how a rhinoceros calf gets on when introduced to the rest of the rhinoceros herd.

There are lots of births celebrated in the show such as red-ruffed lemurs, Abyssinian ground hornbills and white crowned mangabeys. Other animals featured include giraffes, zebras, ostrich, Indian blackbucks and Amur tigers amongst others.

The new series also leaves the Phoenix Park to follow the zookeepers as they visit conservation projects funded and supported by Dublin Zoo. Keepers will travel from the nest sites of barn owl chicks deep in the Irish countryside to the rainforests of Brazil to visit highly endangered golden lion tamarins in their native habitat.

Narrated by Tom Dunne, last year's series of The Zoo has been nominated in the factual category at this year's IFTA awards, and this year's series promises to be even better.


Programme One

In this week's episode, Dublin Zoo welcomes two exotic new arrivals who are critically endangered in the wild, a pair of beautiful and highly unusual okapi

There's great excitement at the South American house when the keepers say hello to the newest member of the white faced saki family.

And a green iguana with a mysterious foot injury keeps zookeeper Garth guessing.

Programme Two

In this week's episode, two newly-arrived okapis take their first tentative steps outside into their new habitat;

The zookeepers try to get to the bottom of Leoni the orang-utan's mysterious cough;

And Yvonne leaves Dublin Zoo to travel deep into the Irish countryside in search of barn owl chicks

Programme Three

A baby Abyssinian Ground Hornbill needs a helping hand from Eddie and his team;

A vital operation is needed for a young giraffe with severe pain in her leg;

And a rhino calf meets his dad for the first time, and to everyone's delight, joins his mum for his first clumsy run out in the African plains section.

Programme Four

Garth introduces some new members to the Waldraap ibis flock

We catch up with the white faced saki family and their rapidly growing youngster

And Tamu the giraffe's operation reaches a critical stage

Programme Five

There's great excitement in the troop when new babies are born on the mangabey island, Eddie and Louise come up with an interesting method to feed a pair of Abyssinian Ground Hornbill chicks, and Ciaran becomes concerned when an Amur Tiger shows signs of a leg injury.

Programme Six

There are a pair of tiny new arrivals in the Pygmy Marmoset habitat. Helen is concerned when one of the Ostrich flock develops a limp. And an Abyssinian Ground Hornbill leaves Dublin Zoo to for a new home in Russia.

Programme Seven

Brendan checks up on the Indian Black Buck herd. The pitter patter of tiny new paws on the Red Ruff Lemurs Island. And new arrivals at the Sulawesi Crested Macaque habitat.

Programme Eight

With several members of the herd expecting calves, the zoo-keeping team have their hands full at the elephant habitat.

Two new members join the African Hunting dog pack.

And a young giraffe is welcomed into the herd at Dublin Zoo.

Programme Nine

Susan continues her trip deep in the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil to work with the highly endangered Golden Lion Tamarins. Only days before she arrived, devastation hit the region with a major fire wiping out much of the rainforest and the animals that had lived there.

The Western Lowland Gorilla troop are in for a real surprise when they are about to share their home for the first time in Dublin Zoo history; they are joined by four Red-capped mangabeys. But will both primates see eye to eye?

After the sad passing of four month giraffe old Tamu, the keepers in the African plans receive heart lifting news that Tamu's Mother, Maeve, has just given birth to a new calf.

The Zoo
  • RTÉ One, Thursday, 7.00pm