The Zoo

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The Zoo from Greenstone TV on Vimeo.

Greenstone TV’s multi-award-wining series and New Zealand’s family viewing favourite The Zoo.   In series 12,  it’s all-new on The Zoo. Shot in HD with refreshed elements including mesmerizing slo-mo phantom camera sequences and keeper portraits, where they share what they love about working with the animals. We’ve also installed special cameras to capture exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, from the birth of a baby giraffe to porcupines nesting at night.

Over the last decade, The Zoo series has become an international hit, making Auckland Zoo’s animals, keepers and vets world-famous.  Our crew is based full-time at Auckland Zoo, giving us the opportunity to bring you stories from the very beginning, with exclusive access.  As well as catching-up with the animals and their day-to-day routines, the keepers take us into the field as they release endangered birds onto islands in the Hauraki Gulf and assist with the Rena Oil Disaster Rescue Operation.

Enrichment for the big animals is all go too. We’re there as the tigers rip into a fresh deer hide piñata, Burma the elephant swims in a fresh lagoon and some pungent kune kune pigs enter the lion’s den – literally. Young giraffe Jelani heads-off over the ditch on his big OE and mum Rukiya gives birth to his 1.8 m leggy sister Nakuru.  12 series completed for TVNZ.




Production Details

Production personnel series 12

Year of screening: 2012

Producer: Tash Christie

Thanks to: All staff and animals at Auckland Zoo, Regional Facilities Auckland

Head of production: Andrea Lamb

Network exec: Kathryn Graham

Directors: Candace McNabb, Michelle Walsh

Post Directors Nicola Griffin, Mary Durham, Rebecca Mellor

Online editor: James Brookes

Offline editor: Nicola Smith

Colourist: James Gardner

Audio Post: Franklin Road

Titles: 6 Twenty

Production manager: Lauren Lunjevich

Production coordinator: Rochelle Leef

Camera: Paul Clark, Hamish Wilson, Nick Quail, Simon Ellis, Paul Richards, Karl Schodt, Chris Brokensha, Leon De Pettri, Yves Simard

Sound: Nick Treacy, Phil Donovan, Shaun Logan, Mark Storey, Al Wilson, Andy Thomas

Phantom shoot: Phantom Effect

Jimmy jib operators: Mark Rule – Jimmy Jib, Toby Conway

Stedicam operator: Joe Lawry

Stedicam camera assistant: Walter Lawry

Helicam: Virtuoso Media

Underwater camera: Steve Hathaway

Narrator: Bill Kerton

Script editor: Bill Kerton

Music: Steve Robinson

Production accountant: Hina Dalwadi

Financial controller: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: TVNZ