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Moondance Let Back Out of The Zoo!
03 Feb 2011 :
From Friday February 4th at 7.30 on RTE 1 a new ten part series of ‘The Zoo’ will look to bring the public closer to the enclosure’s animals than they’ve ever been before as the cameras go behind the scenes with the zookeepers of Dublin Zoo.

The second instalment of the series is produced and directed by Shane Brennan (Redlegs) and edited by Andrew Hearne (Bye Bye Now). Narrated by Tom Dunne, and filmed over the course of a year, the series from Moondance Productions features creatures of all shapes and sizes from tiny pygmy marmosets (and their even tinier babies) to the hulking frames of the White Rhinoceros and everything in between, including Flamingos, Gorillas, Turtles, Wolves, Giraffes, Tapirs, Cheetahs, Penguins, Crocodiles, Tigers and Snow Leopards and many others.

The show’s series producer and director, Shane Brennan tells IFTN that filming the series is an interesting experience: “It’s packed with excitement and drama,”he says. ”From fruit bats with broken wings and bloodthirsty Mexican kissing beetles to the unenviable task of getting a snapping Nile crocodile to hold still for his check-up. Not to mention the excitement of a baby rhino being born to the drama of leaping into the lake to rescue a Ring Tailed Lemur and the heartbreak of sad farewells to old friends the keepers have cared for years - no two days are ever the same for both the keepers and the film crew!”

The show’s script editor is Niall Murphy and the music is provided by Giles Packham (Outcast). The assistant producer on board is John Higgins. The second series of ‘The Zoo’ will start its ten week broadcast on RTÉ 1 at 7:30pm from Friday February 4th.



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