Secrets of the Zoo

The BEST episodes of Secrets of the Zoo

Every episode of Secrets of the Zoo ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Secrets of the Zoo!

With more than 10,000 animals in their care and over 2.4 million guests welcomed a year, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and The Wilds have many compelling stories to tell. Over the course of the last year, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium staff and documentarians at Nat Geo WILD have been working together to share a glimpse into the incredible bonds between caretakers and animals at the Zoo.Secrets of the Zoo also focuses on the Columbus Zoo’s incredible conservation work, including an in-depth look at The Wilds, one of the largest conservation centers in North America at 10,000 acres, and home to rare and endangered animals from around the world.

Last Updated: 11/28/2022Network:Nat Geo Wild
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Holey Batwings
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7.67
9 votes

#1 - Holey Batwings

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/15/2022

A newborn sea lion pup struggles to stay alive, a celebrity bat’s mysterious holey wings, and a zebra named Holly hits the spa!

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Giraffe-ic Park
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7.60
10 votes

#2 - Giraffe-ic Park

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/15/2022

It’s raining baby giraffes, Dr. Priya gives Connie the Elephant an eye exam, and two camel brothers embark on a new life.

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A Giraffe is Born
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7.57
7 votes

#3 - A Giraffe is Born

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/15/2022

An abscessed tooth turns nasty for an aging sheep, Lulu the giraffe has her baby, and a dangerously skinny skink confounds the vet staff!

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Red Panda Mama Drama
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7.40
10 votes

#4 - Red Panda Mama Drama

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/15/2022

A naughty red panda mom makes a play for attention, a moose with a nasty cough, and a cherished cheetah beats the odds and hits a milestone!

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Roary the Lionheart
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7.33
6 votes

#5 - Roary the Lionheart

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/15/2022

Some of the most deadly patients at the zoo: a 200 lb. python with killer back pain, a girl-shy male lion, and a bear with a gnarly cough.

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Dancing with the Devils
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7.20
15 votes

#6 - Dancing with the Devils

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/29/2020

Iconic Australian animals make an entrance, a rare mountain goat birth is recorded, and a near extinct species of deer take keepers for a swim.

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King of the Jungle
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7.14
14 votes

#7 - King of the Jungle

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/15/2020

Staff members have their hands full with an adorable koala that’s losing weight, and a routine exam on a beloved lemur takes an unexpected turn.

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Flock Star
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7.14
7 votes

#8 - Flock Star

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/15/2022

It’s a roller coaster ride at the zoo. A beloved flamingo fights for his life, a cheetah gets a critical biopsy, and the keepers scramble to keep up.

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Flock of Flamingoes
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7.13
15 votes

#9 - Flock of Flamingoes

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/8/2020

An ornery ostrich refuses to get its shots; a pregnant rhino prepares to give birth; a beloved nanny goat fights for its life.

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Later, Gator!
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7.09
11 votes

#10 - Later, Gator!

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/23/2019

Heidi Rose, a sloth bear brought in from Europe, shows signs of a limp, but Priya and the team discover her lungs are in even worse condition. Girl, the alligator, breaks out of her restraints during her annual exam. Gouda the loris is pregnant, so now it's up to her keepers to pick the perfect "cheesy" baby name. At the Wilds, the team races to cool down an African painted dog who overheats during a lengthy procedure.

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Duckumentary
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7.08
13 votes

#11 - Duckumentary

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/22/2020

Rory the duck, Krypto the Onager, and Unga the Bonobo are given a whole new lease on life, and Zucchini the Beaver has a gigantic tooth problem.

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Dhole Lotta Love
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7.07
14 votes

#12 - Dhole Lotta Love

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/23/2020

A litter of orphaned wild dogs seeks acceptance from the pack leader. Meanwhile, an endangered chuckwalla beats the odds, and a 44-year-old orangutan has a birthday bash.

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Stand By Your Manatee
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7.00
19 votes

#13 - Stand By Your Manatee

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/29/2018

Tiger cubs take on new turf; an orphaned baby Manatee is rescued from the wild; and a male Oryx makes his move on a herd of females.

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Tunnel of Love
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7.00
8 votes

#14 - Tunnel of Love

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/15/2022

Sea lions rejoice! Long awaited Adventure Cove finally opens. Plus, a tiny loris and beloved iguana present strange mystery illnesses.

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Baby Watch
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7.00
13 votes

#15 - Baby Watch

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/16/2019

Everyone at the zoo is waiting for the birth of Zuri's baby, which will be the first giraffe birth at the Columbus Zoo in more than twenty years. But Zuri isn't the only resident in need of the zoo's attention, there are horses that need pedicures and a bunch of penguins who need to get their annual exams, if the keepers can catch them!

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Bringing Up Baby!
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7.00
13 votes

#16 - Bringing Up Baby!

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/26/2018

The keepers make their morning breakfast rounds at the Heart of Africa exhibit, a young bull elephant has a play date while his expectant mother gets an ultrasound, a rare okapi gets a checkup, a cougar has a concerning abscess and it's a winter herd roundup at The Wilds.

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The Otter Limits
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6.93
15 votes

#17 - The Otter Limits

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/5/2020

The team teaches baby otters to swim before they make their television debut. A cougar’s future gets brighter with some expert eye care.

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Beauties and the Beasts
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6.92
13 votes

#18 - Beauties and the Beasts

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/19/2018

Baby fever spreads through the zoo as a cheetah repopulation program goes into full effect, and Jack Hanna chases chaos through the zoo as he prepares to delight a crowd. Meanwhile, the park's most chill residents get a frozen spaghetti seal treat.

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Reindeer Pedicure
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6.86
7 votes

#19 - Reindeer Pedicure

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/15/2022

This week: a deep dive into a rhino’s mouth, a group reindeer pedicure, a saucy monkey, a cuddly koala, and an afternoon stroll with a vulture.

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Welcome to the Family
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6.82
17 votes

#20 - Welcome to the Family

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/9/2019

The staff at the Columbus Zoo can hardly contain themselves as they prepare to make a home for an orphaned baby gorilla. A longtime resident at the zoo named Annyeung has lost his voice and out at The Wilds, a pregnant giraffe named Lulu keeps the keepers on the edge of their seats as they anxiously await the birth of their newest member.

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Babies on Board
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6.81
16 votes

#21 - Babies on Board

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/24/2020

Babies at the zoo! Meet adorable bouncy baby goats, a trio of fluffy flamingo chicks, a sweet baby gazelle, and a feisty eland calf at the Wilds.

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Cheetah Play Date
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6.77
13 votes

#22 - Cheetah Play Date

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/26/2020

Two of the zoo's cats receive some high-tech assistance in the baby-making department; Rinzen the red panda and Eebi the mandrill come out on top.

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Waking the Dragon
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6.75
12 votes

#23 - Waking the Dragon

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/28/2020

The zoo’s penguin colony gets annual exams, and the staff holds its collective breath as a rare pangolin pregnancy unfolds at the Columbus Zoo.

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Grumpy Cat
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6.67
12 votes

#24 - Grumpy Cat

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/1/2020

An Asian takin calf hangs on for dear life, and a very grumpy tiger arrives at the Columbus Zoo. The zoo makes history by incubating rare turtle eggs.

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Big Bear Theory
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6.67
12 votes

#25 - Big Bear Theory

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/19/2020

The zoo's beloved sloth finds its mate; an armadillo get its groove back; and a behind-the-scenes look at how the zookeepers wrangle a herd of rare donkeys into the barn for its annual check-up.

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