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Eighth Season of 'The Zoo' on RTE
04 Apr 2018 :
Moondance Productions show 'The Zoo' starts on RTE next week. Filmed at Dublin Zoo, this is the show's eighth season

While the animals that live at Dublin Zoo are undoubtedly the stars of the show, it is the love, care and professionalism of the keepers that really makes it special. The show is narrated by Tom Dunne,

The series always tries to show viewers not just the lives of the animals at Dublin Zoo, but also the importance of protecting these animals in the wild. Closer to home the zookeepers visit some fascinating Irish conservation projects that are supported by Dublin Zoo, including a visit to the nesting site of barn owls in Kerry, where Susan has a fascinating encounter with some barn owl chicks in their nest.

Further afield, zookeepers Ciarán and Aisling will travel to Indonesia. First to Borneo to visit the work being done by the Orangutan foundation, a conservation project rescuing critically endangered orangutans and returning them to the wild. Sandra will then travel to the forests of Sulawesi to visit another project supported by Dublin Zoo protecting the Sulawesi crested macaque, and see first-hand some of the threats they face in the wild, including an eye-opening visit to a bush-meat market.

One of the main stories featured this series includes the birth of an unprecedented three new elephant calves, which brings with it great drama and challenges for the elephant care team.

Shane Brennan of Moondance, When we went out to make this show, we wouldn’t have envisaged it still going so strong after eight years. I have to admit it helps that Dublin Zoo is considered one of the best Zoo's in the World and the zookeepers are so knowledgeable, likeable and portray such genuine charisma on screen.

Filming in Dublin Zoo never gets stale, there are always endless amounts of stories to follow but it does take time, the series is filmed over a year, you have to be very patient. You can’t rush animals, for example an elephant’s gestation period is 18-22 months, that’s a long time waiting for a birth, but then suddenly at 6.30am on a Sunday morning the phone can ring and at the other end of the line is a very excited zookeeper telling me to hurry in, there’s an elephant giving birth. And still after nine years filming at Dublin Zoo I still love getting that phone call, witnessing the birth of an elephant or a giraffe, hard to call it work really!!

And once again to get the trust and support from Adrian Lynch of RTE to bring The Zoo show back is always of great joy to our loyal viewers both here in Ireland and Internationally."

Produced & Directed by Shane Brennan and John Higgins.
Narrator: Tom Dunne.
Offline Editor: Patrick Hodgins.
Online Editor: Nicky Dunne.
Assistant Editor: Malachy McKeever
Camera: Darragh McCarthy and Paschal Cassidy.
Original Music: Giles Packham.
Executive Producer for RTE: Brian Walsh
Moondance Productions  for RTE

Tom Collins: “For me it's all about the work, which is about creating a reflection of a modern Irish cultural identity that can travel beyond borders, history and these shores.”
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