Ever heard of dholes?
If not, tune into Saturday night’s finale of The Zoo, a documentary series about wildlife living at the Bronx Zoo. Though the TV show focuses on animals in New York, San Diego lends a hand in the season’s last episode.
Watch experts from San Diego Zoo Safari Park help transfer three dholes (wild dogs) to the Bronx Zoo in an effort to protect the species. The episode’s segment features local staff including Dion Rice, a senior keeper at San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It offers a behind-the-scenes look as these animal trainers prepare the brothers for their journey across the country.
Also known as Asian wild dogs, Asiatic wild dogs and Indian wild dogs, dholes are native to Asia. Dholes look very similar to domestic dogs, but are exotic animals on the endangered species list, with only about 2,500 dholes left in the wild.
The Zoo will air on Animal Planet at 8 p.m. this Saturday, June 27. Previous episodes and clips from the season can also be streamed online with a cable TV subscription at animalplanet.com/tv-shows/the-zoo.
In addition to the cameo, the New York-based TV show’s spin-off The Zoo: San Diego returns for a second season this summer. For those seeking an IRL animal experience, the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari Park have both reopened after a mandatory closure due to COVID-19. Tickets, hours of operation and visitor safety information is available at zoo.sandiegozoo.org.