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A series following the daily lives of San Diego Wild Animal Park employees as they tend to exotic creatures, from California condors to lowland gorillas.
March 30, 2000
Segments include care and feeding of leaf-cutter ants; and a pedicure for a 2-ton rhino.
March 29, 2000
Examining feeding and fitness programs at the zoo. Included: unique meals for birds; and exercising cheetahs. Also: a horticulturalist discusses browsing to supplement the daily diet.
March 22, 2000
Segments include an animal opthalmologist treating a baby Alpine ibex; researchers examining rhino olfactory behaviors. Also: greeters at San Diego Animal Park's Nairobi Village.
March 15, 2000
Examining efforts by the San Diego Wild Animal Park to preserve endangered species through an animal sperm bank. Also: raising baby rhinos.
March 8, 2000
The challenges of keeping zoo animals happy. Included: building climbing structures for chimpanzees. Also: a baby rhino is moved to a new enclosure with its companion, an eland; caracal cats get catnip toys.
March 1, 2000
Segments include giving an elephant a pedicure; diagnosing an ailing groundhog. Also: giraffes are fed.
February 23, 2000
Zoo personnel cope with a myriad of animals, using years of experience to anticipate problems. Included: immobilizing an extremely aggressive species of ox called a gaur; training cheetahs.
February 20, 2000
Observing how the staff at the San Diego Wild Animal Park maintains the health and safety of its more than 3200 creatures. Also: veterinarians care for zebras and antelopes.
February 9, 2000
Segments include how the staff raises baby animals abandoned by their mothers; breeding cheetahs. Also: a gazelle is bottle-fed; a pigeon is raised by foster doves.
February 2, 2000
Segments include a white rhino that was hand-raised at the Animal Care Center and a goose that needs wing surgery. Also: keepers care for vultures, ostriches and hornbills.
January 26, 2000
Included: a lowland gorilla rejoins her family following surgery. Also: a zebra is captured and sent to another zoo; caring for California condors.
January 19, 2000
Newborn animals that demand special care are observed. Included: a sambar fawn; a disabled baby zebra; and a young rhino placed in his habitat for the first time.
January 12, 2000
A behind-the-scenes perspective on feeding, cleaning and medical attention at an animal park includes a hoofing procedure for a sable antelope and the finer points of feeding a rhino.
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