A look at the task of raising a healthy red panda cub; how to feed a group of rambunctious teenage lions; and what do you feed a blind elderly sea lion with health challenges? At the Smithsonian National Zoo it is all in a day's work.
Meet the zoo's most famous celebrity, a 1-year-old giant panda cub named Bao Bao. Feeding her and her parents Tian Tian and Mei Xiang is a full-time job. Bao Bao's first birthday is celebrated with an ice-and-fruit birthday cake.
Keepers dole out buckets of fresh fish for their sea lions and penguins, and a bouquet of veggies for their century-old tortoises. Good nutrition keeps these water dwellers healthy and active, whether they swim, dip or dive.
Some animals at the St. Louis Zoo are picky eaters or have difficult diets. Find out how staff manage the nutritional needs of a special fennec fox, a giant anteater, a tower of giraffes and a gang of lemurs.
Food is a family matter at the St. Louis Zoo. From a multi-generation herd of elephants, to scrappy meerkat siblings, and a newborn tree kangaroo eating his first solid meal, it takes a village to make sure every family gets the nutrition they need.
A herd of Asian elephants from the Calgary Zoo in Alberta is moving to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. They need to meet, greet and eat with the elephants who already call the zoo home. That means a lot more food, and a lot more work.
Food isn't just the key to healthy bodies. It's used to challenge and entertain animals, both great and small. For otters, siamangs and Sumatran tigers, playing with food is one of the most important ways to keep minds, paws and flippers busy and happy.
Talk about healthy appetites! The National Zoo keeps its animals well fed with farm-fresh bamboo and hay by growing its own—one of the only zoos in North America to go to this extreme. It's a daily feat tending to hundreds of acres of crops.
Cast & Details
Premiered: May 10, 2015
Premise: Chronicling the challenges of feeding all of the animals at the zoo.