Millions of people visit Australian zoos every year, but they never get to see what goes on behind-the-scenes to care for some of the world's most endangered animals. The Zoo on Seven is where you share in the amazing stories of zoo keepers, vets and support staff at Taronga and Western Plains Zoos as they undertake the vital work needed to preserve precious wildlife. From witnessing the moment of birth of magnificent animal species to starting a breeding program to try to save a frog species going extinct before our eyes, "The Zoo" is a special chance to see rare and moving animal stories never seen before. During the first two seasons, this show was called "Zoo Tales".
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The Zoo - At the Zoo - Netflix
“At the Zoo” was one of Simon and Garfunkel's single releases in 1967. The song is one of Paul Simon's many tributes to his hometown of New York City, and was written for the soundtrack of The Graduate, specifically the scene which takes place at the San Francisco Zoo. However, the song was not used in the film. The song begins with Simon's short lyrical introduction in the key of A Major, but it soon transitions to the key of G Major, being a whole note down from the beginning. The narrative tells the story of a trip to the Central Park Zoo; when the singer reaches the zoo, he anthropomorphizes the animals in various amusing ways. The song was licensed in advertisements for the Bronx Zoo and the San Francisco Zoo in the late 1970s.
The Zoo - The book - Netflix
In 1991, Paul Simon released a children's book titled At the Zoo (ISBN 0-385-41771-3) which combines the lyrics of the song with the very detailed illustrations of Valerie Michaut. To make this book considerable as “age-appropriate” for children, Simon made changes and additions, including identifying Rum as a beaver (because the original lyric states that “the zookeeper is very fond of rum”) and giving the hamsters headlights (because they “turn on frequently”).