The new Australian series Mega Zoo will give viewers unprecedented access to the largest and oldest wildlife operation in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Mega Zoo is made up of the three major sites managed across the state by Zoos Victoria: Melbourne Zoo in the heart of the city, Werribee Open Range Zoo with its magnificent expanse of savannah, and the stunning Healesville Sanctuary which specialises in native Australian wildlife.
In this family-friendly series, viewers will go on an exclusive adventure as cameras are allowed for the first time into parts of the zoos that have been off-limits for more than 100 years.
Our cameras will follow the work of 800 dedicated staff who look after more than 5000 extraordinary animals across all three zoos.
This passionate group of zookeepers and veterinarians care for an amazing menagerie that presents equally amazing challenges: treating a fun-loving elephant with broken tusks and training a rhino toddler who likes to trash trucks, to name just two.
Mega Zoo will show just what it takes to run a busy zoo at the forefront of the fight against wildlife extinction, using innovative training methods, state-of-the-art facilities and the latest in medical technology.
High-tech cameras capture the special relationship between the animals and their keepers as they undertake ground-breaking conservation efforts to save critically endangered species from the brink of extinction.
Successful breeding programs allow viewers to witness the joyful arrival of adorable newborns, including majestic snow leopard cubs, playful otter pups and cheeky infant baboons.
Zoos Victoria CEO, Dr Jenny Gray, said:
“We are thrilled to open our gates to Mega Zoo and give viewers a taste of the exciting reality of what goes on behind the scenes daily across our three sites.
“For the first time in our 159-year history, this camera access allows the public to see how our dedicated staff expertly care for our zoo animals and the incredible conservation work we carry out to fight wildlife extinction.”
Mega Zoo is produced for Nine by WTFN.