We've seen the first two episodes of Secrets of the Zoo season 2, and in a few weeks, you will able to watch them too! The new season of Secrets of the Zoo premieres Sunday, June 2nd on Nat Geo WILD.
Secrets of the Zoo is a reality television series that takes viewers behind the scenes of The Wilds and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and this next season features twice as m any episodes. Some of the incredible animals featured in season 2 include an orphaned baby gorilla, an antsy alligator, a penguin with a bad hair day, three cheetah cubs, and more.
While animals are certainly the draw, the information, stories, and heart of the show is told from the perspective of the passionate and loyal army of people who work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to create one of the best zoo experiences in the world. And it's quite inspiring, at times even overwhelmingly emotional.
Boasting none other than “Jungle Jack” Hanna as its legendary director emeritus, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to a pristine space where 10,000 animals span 12,000 acres, and its world-class staff handles nearly 6,000 veterinary cases and more than 100 births each year.
What Secrets of the Zoo is Really About
Secrets of the Zoo showcases the incredible bonds between keepers and the animals they care for, breathtaking feats of heroism and the raw emotion that comes when rehabilitated animals are returned to the wild. This season reveals even more incredible stories that are all in a day’s work for the staff at the Columbus Zoo, like when three adorable cheetah cubs capture the hearts of Dr. Priya and Suzi, and when the staff makes a home for an orphaned baby gorilla.
Viewers will also be taken to back to The Wilds, one of the largest conservation centers in North America and home to rare and endangered animals from all around the world, along with hundreds of indigenous species located in the Columbus Zoo’s “backyard.” There, the animal care specialists are on the edge of their seat as they anxiously await the birth of their newest member, and 800-pound Przewalski’s horses are in dire need of emergency pedicures.
Secrets of the Zoo is produced by Spectrum Productions for Nat Geo WILD. For Spectrum Productions, executive producers are Guy Nickerson and Elaine Pugliese. For Nat Geo WILD, executive producer is Ashley Hoppin, senior vice president of development and production is Janet Han Vissering and executive vice president of global unscripted entertainment is Geoff Daniels.
Secrets of the Zoo Season 2 Premiere Episodes
Secrets of the Zoo: Penguin’s New ’Do
- Premieres Sunday, June 2, 9/8c
Dr. Priya calls in a human heart specialist to help with great ape Lady, a bonobo with a life-threatening heart condition. Bonobo hearts are remarkably similar to human hearts, so Dr. Priya and her team are hoping a human cardiac specialist can shed light on Lady’s heart problems. Out at The Wilds, Dr. Jan and her team anxiously await the birth of resident cheetah Wangari’s cubs. Nothing goes according to plan, but there are big surprises ahead for Wangari and her caregivers, including a twist no one saw coming.
Secrets of the Zoo: Love Is a Cheetah Cub
- Premieres Sunday, June 2, 10/9c
It’s a busy day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as veterinarians and keepers experience a roller coaster ride of emotions, beginning with the arrival of three adorable new cheetah cubs, who capture the hearts of Dr. Priya and Suzi, and the curiosity of the zoo’s cheetah companion dogs. Meanwhile, Finnick, a langur monkey, needs life-saving emergency treatment for a urinary tract obstruction that won’t seem to go away. And emotions escalate at the zoo when an aging and sick arctic fox named Anana won’t eat, and things quickly turn from bad to worse.
Secrets of the Zoo: Welcome to the Family
- Premieres Sunday, June 9, 9/8c
The staff at the Columbus Zoo is hurriedly preparing to make a home for an orphaned baby gorilla from a nearby zoo in Milwaukee. Baby Zahra lost both her parents at an early age, so it’s essential surrogate parents are found quickly so she can bond with a new family. And the zoo’s longtime resident flamingo, Annyong, has lost his voice, and the team scrambles to find out what’s causing his muted call.
Secrets of the Zoo: Baby Watch
- Premieres Sunday, June 16, 9/8c
Out at The Wilds, 800-pound Przewalski’s horses are in need of an emergency pedicure. Back at the main campus, a beloved cheetah named Emmett might have seen the last of his running days when an old injury mysteriously resurfaces and keepers scramble to find out why. Also, it’s nearly time for a long-awaited, big event: the birth of Zuri the giraffe’s baby, which will be the first giraffe birth at the Columbus Zoo in more than 20 years.
Secrets of the Zoo: Later, Gator!
- Premieres Sunday, June 23, 8/7c
Heiderose, a sloth bear brought in from Europe, shows signs of a limp, but the team discovers her lungs are in even worse condition. Girl the alligator tests her restraints during her annual exam. Gouda the loris is pregnant, so now it’s up to her keepers to pick the perfect “cheesy” baby name. At The Wilds, the team races to cool down an African painted dog who begins to overheat during a lengthy procedure.
Stay tuned for more coverage close to the start of season 2!
Secrets of the Zoo Premieres Sunday, June 2, at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD.