Zoo: This is your Life


The Zoo – This is Your Life is a five part documentary series that celebrates the lives of five very special animal characters at Auckland Zoo.

This brand new series profiles the following much loved animal icons from birth through to the present day; Indra the Orangutan, Kashin the Elephant, Kura the Lioness, Zabulu the Giraffe and Kito the Rhino.

Each half hour episode tells the story of one of these extraordinary animals through archive footage and stills, interviews with key people including keepers past and present and footage shot over the last ten years for The Zoo series.

All the stories are unique but all feature incredible highs and lows including joyous births and traumatic deaths, stressful journeys, life threatening illness and even daring escapes.

The whole family will be entertained and often surprised by these fascinating stories of five exceptional animal characters we have all come to know and love over the years. 


Promotional Trailer

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Production Details

Producer: Sarah Kinniburgh

Thanks to: Staff & animals at Auckland Zoo

Executive producer: Andrea Lamb

Network executive: Kathryn Graham

Post production director: Tina Diaz

Script polisher: Rebecca Mellor

Online editor: Hamish Hill

Offline editor: Mark Taylor

Production manager: Lucy Rowden

Production assistant: Laura Hare

Camera: Paul Clark, Chris Brokensha, Bruce Dawson

Sound: Phil Donovan, Nick Treacy

Narrator: Mike Hall

Music: Steve Robinson

Production accountant: Hina Dalwadi

Financial controller: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: TVNZ