Zoo Confidential

Go behind the scenes at the Houston Zoo on Tuesday October 12 at 8:00pm when the three-part series Zoo Confidential premiers on Nat Geo WILD.

Zoo Confidential is an opportunity to get an insiders view of the Houston Zoo – from the birth of an Asian elephant and the newborns first nursing, to the breeding of the critically endangered Attwater’s prairie chicken.   Find out how Blanco, the leucistic American alligator gets a bath and how to entertain a Komodo dragon at meal time. 

Accompany the Houston Zoo’s veterinarians on their rounds and look over their shoulders during diagnostic and surgical procedures.  Join the Zoo’s keepers as they create engaging and unique devices to enrich the lives of their animals – from a floating ‘banquet table’ for a Malayan tigers to sway poles for the gibbons at Wortham World of Primates. 

Get behind the scenes at the Kipp Aquarium as keepers create a new home for the lion fish and find out what orangutan family planning is all about.

Episode One – Special Delivery

Tuesday, October 12, 8 p.m. CDT

The elephant care team makes final preparations for Shanti to deliver her calf.  Blanco, the leucistic (white) American alligator gets a bath.  Nat Geo cameras visit the Attwater’s prairie chicken breeding facility at NASA’s Johnson Space Center; carnivore keepers construct a floating ‘banquet table’ for Pandu the Malayan tiger’s special meal time.

Episode Two – Operation Ocelot

Tuesday, October 19, 8 p.m. CDT

Two pairs of lemurs are moved in together, under the watchful eye of Zoo primate keepers; baby Asian elephant Baylor goes out into the exhibit with the other elephants for the first time; Novia, a female ocelot gets special attention from Zoo vets and vet specialists to track down the source of her kidney stones.

Episode Three – Urban Jungle

Tuesday, October 26, 8 p.m. CDT

Primate keepers at Wortham World of Primates install sway poles to entertain the gibbons; Kelly the female orangutan gets a little help from the vets with family planning; The first hatching of the 2010 Attwater’s prairie chicken breeding season is observed by Zoo bird keepers; Zoo vets perform surgery on a lizard that is unable to lay eggs.

Nat Geo WILD is available on the following cable systems in the greater Houston area.

U-Verse            266

Comcast           250



2 thoughts on “Zoo Confidential

    1. Cindy,

      Thank you for your inquiry and concern about our dear little Novia. Since the show wrapped up filming, Novia has continued to heal and is doing very well. She has been through a lot, but she has persevered more than we even thought possible. She is eating great, which is a wonderful sign that things are healing as they should, and she is still training and interacting with keepers through it all. She is a strong little girl and her last check-up is in a few weeks, at which point we should get the “all clear” from the veterinarians. She is on the road to a full recovery, so we hope for her to have a long and healthy life. After all, she deserves it and she just celebrated her 2nd birthday! We are so glad the show impacted you enough to check in on our sweet little Ocelot. Thank you again from all of us here in the Carnivore Department at the Houston Zoo.

      Michelle – Carnivore Department

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Our corpse flower named "Reek" is showing signs of life! Our horticulture team is monitoring its progress daily for smells of death...

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Martha VillasenorWhere in the zoo is reek located ? Is it somewhere visible we could see it..

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Tammy ErwinWhere in the Zoo is Reek located??? We don't want to miss getting a wiff of it.

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Trish McIntoshDoes Reek have her own page? Lois at HMNS was hugely popular a few years ago.

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Rebecca Ann ColeSally Nergaard remember when you and Kevy went and saw this flower in bloom?

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Ashley MaldonadoAwesome!!! I got to see the corpse flower at hmns 5 years ago! Would love to see it again!

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Casey Jones"You are not Reek, you are Theon Greyjoy!"

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Tyler NunleyI know I'm not the only one who thought of Game Of Thrones when reading this? Lol

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Lee Anne BayYay, I'm so excited! Watching Lois bloom was a rollercoaster, can't wait to see this one!!

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Angelique RodriguezI've always wanted to see one of these up close!!! ( and of course smell it he he)

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Rachel PossoHa! Love the name.

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Lauren CoxDanny Rubalcava Houston has one now too.. maybe we should get one for the back yard..

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Kim Kooser KeefeAWESOME name!!!!

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Nicki StacySaw this last week, looking forward to updates!

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RickEy DentisPlease keep us updated on Facebook about it. I really want to go see this....thanks

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