Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo

Season 2

From Friday 22 October at 7:30pm


Zoo staff embark on an ambitious, year long undertaking, in an effort to help Naomi the chimpanzee, overcome a complicated medical condition in the hope of finally becoming a mother.

An orphaned sugar glider gets a chance to learn the art of gliding, thanks to the hard work of a dedicated keeper.

And a zoo wide buffet sees some of the more peculiar animals at Taronga savouring their feed time. But for Rachel, one of the largest snakes in the world, who hasn’t eaten in almost half a year, the chance to break that drought sees her make an absolute pig of herself.

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Season 3

From Friday 7 October 7:30 PM

Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo returns for another heartwarming season

Friday, October 7, at 7:30pm

The magnificent world of wildlife will come to life on our screens again when Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo returns for its third season from Friday, October 7, at 7.30pm on Channel 9HD and 9Now.

This extraordinary series captures the animal kingdom in two of Australia’s largest zoos, Taronga Zoo in Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.

Dual Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts will continue as the narrator for this award-winning observational documentary series.

In 2022, Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo picks up where the last season left off, attempting to leave the COVID-19 pandemic behind and look to a brighter future. With unrivalled access to the keepers, vets and support staff, we will follow them through all the high and lows that come with running one of the most successful zoos in the world.

At the forefront and focus of everything they do are the animals. From breeding the rarest rhinoceros in the world, leading the way in conservation and research programs and feeding more than 5,000 residents a day, to celebrating the birth of five lion cubs and saying goodbye to old friends, nothing is more important than upholding the vision and living the philosophy of Taronga’s key mission: working together to ensure a shared future for wildlife and people.

Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo is produced by McAvoy Media for the 9Network.


A historic moment for Taronga as Lioness Maya gives birth. It’s Sydney’s first lion cub birth in nearly 20 years, and keepers soon discover, it’s the gift that just keeps on giving.

Maya is not the only one surprising staff during the spring baby boom, as Jilly the Tammar Wallaby delivers her second joey, and in doing so, reveals one of the quirkiest breeding processes you’ll ever see.

And staff take on the massive job of cleaning Seal Bay, by replacing more than a million litres of seawater, directly from Sydney Harbour.

There was an ad for this Friday’s episode, and was quite good. They showed a news clip of the “lion escape” that occurred late last week at Taronga Zoo. It then went on to mention the lions family and talk about their time in the zoo. Obviously the episode was filmed some time ago, so not sure if the actual lion escape will feature in the show.

Its not often they hype up a show that airs on Friday nights, but with the recent news, then why not. Kudos for Nine for doing it.


I don’t know why they didn’t show some of the footage on that morning or during the day. I mentioned it on the day.



The show moves to a new night: Wednesdays.

Season 3 premieres on Wednesday, November 22 at 7.30pm.

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The wondrous world of wildlife will be captured once again when Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo returns for its fabulous fourth season on Wednesday, November 22, at 7.30pm on Channel 9 and 9Now.

This spectacular series will be voiced by new narrator, Australian actress, writer and director Virginia Gay, and centre on the antics of the unique residents at two of Australia’s renowned zoos: Taronga Zoo in Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.

In this award-winning observational documentary series, the doors are once again reopened, offering extraordinary access to the amazing work of the keepers, vets, scientists, conservationists and support staff as they go through the ups and downs that come with running one of the world’s most famous zoos.

Viewers will see that when it comes to caring for their animals, nothing is too much trouble for the keepers. From building a bachelor pad for a harassed squirrel monkey to safely teaching a fur seal pup to swim, it’s all in a day’s work.

But there are times when it’s a full team effort. Giraffe Jimiyu requires the biggest team ever assembled of vets, nurses, keepers, specialists, and backyard crew to ensure he makes it through a dangerous general anaesthetic procedure. And with the vision of working to ensure a shared future for wildlife and people, we go into the field with Taronga’s conservationists and see the opening of the latest jewel in Taronga’s crown, an exclusive native animal habitat called Nura Diya Australia.

The welfare of the wildlife remains front and centre in this entertaining, revealing and heartwarming new season of Australia’s captivating zoo life.

Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo is produced by McAvoy Media for the 9Network.


In one of the biggest vet procedures ever performed at Taronga Zoo nearly 30 staff and specialists are involved in the risky sedation of their 5½ metre-tall giraffe Jimiyu. A lot rides on keeper Jimmy being able to calmly lead Jimiyu into a barn where he will be darted with a strong sedative ahead of the procedure.

The public are invited to vote on the name of a cute new arrival, a one-month-old fur seal pup already winning the hearts of the marine team.

And Taronga’s brand-new exhibit – Nura Diya Australia – is only weeks away from its scheduled opening. With 14 species of native animals to source and move into the kangaroo and wallaby walk, a tree-top koala encounter, a dingo habitat and a new nocturnal exhibit, the race is on to get everything ready in time for the big day.

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Lwasi the male lion has left brother Ato, lioness Maya and their 5 cubs behind at Taronga Sydney and moved to Western Plains Zoo to start a family of his own. After some initial shyness Lwasi bonds with Marion but no-one expected the joy and tragedy that lay ahead when the lioness went into labour.

The cheeky eldest son of Kibali, the silverback gorilla, is due for his first health check. He may only be 44 kilos, but MJ is already much stronger than an adult human, so the keepers need to make sure they administer the hand injection sedative correctly.

Tassie devils may be solitary creatures, but they will tolerate others at a push. That’s not the case with the 4 devils at Western Plains Zoo and everyone is pointing the finger at a feisty female called Bronte. A decision needs to be made about how to stop the fighting.

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Season 5 premieres next Thursday, June 20, at 7.30pm. It will be shown on main channel in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, and on 9Gem in Sydney and Brisbane.

TARONGA: WHO’S WHO IN THE ZOO - Season 5 Episode 1

Friday 20 June 7:30 pm


Putting the ‘wild’ into wildlife, pregnant Lemur Noah has come out of a fight worse for wear. On the frontlines of a devastating bushfire, Vet Kimberly works tirelessly to help injured wildlife from a mobile clinic. Back at Taronga, the vet team orchestrate a plan for Frala the Gorilla to receive prompt attention for a broken tooth alongside her baby Fikiri’s first health check.