Monday, February 20, 2017

The Zoo

If you've never been to the Bronx Zoo (more properly, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)), you have no idea what you're missing. But even if you have been there, The Zoo on the Animal Planet channel is must-see TV. Not only do you get to see fascinating species you've never heard of (e.g., a bird that loves peanuts, buries its eggs, and cares not for its off-spring) and learn the intricacies of how to treat a gorilla's glaucoma (which is not as easy as you might think), the most surprising thing is to learn how the various zoo keepers talk about other zoo keepers, which tells you as much about people, especially zoo people, as it does about animals. And lest you think New Zealand has a monopoly on beautiful settings, The Zoo will remind you that you can travel just 10 miles from Manhattan and find a totally different world. Finally, the show poses, but leaves it to you to answer, a profound question: Is a zoo a place where the focus is people watching animals, or is a place more properly seen as a place where the focus is animals watching people?

Link to Animal Planet Home Page re The Zoo

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