The Zoo (working title), produced by DHX Media and the BBC Natural History Unit is an ‘observational documentary about real life at the zoo – with a comedy spin.’
The series will be filmed at Paignton Zoo in Devon this Summer and will feature animals with human voices and computer-generated moving mouths, similar to Walk on the Wild Side that aired on BBC One and CBBC between 2009 and 2013.
CBBC controller Cheryl Taylor says: “This new series promises our young audience a fact-filled and fun packed series centered around the fascinating characters and everyday adventures at the zoo.”
Josh Scherba from DHX Media also said: “We are delighted to once again be teaming up with CBBC on a new kids’ show. Working with the wonderful staff and animals of Paignton Zoo, we think The Zoo promises to be a terrific and entertaining show from which kids worldwide can enjoy animals stories direct from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.”
The series’ official synopsis is as follows:
“If you ever wanted to find out what makes our animal friends tick, thanks to the power of animation they can now tell us. Gorillas, penguins and giraffes will all take lead roles, and we find out that it’s often the animals that have the last laugh over the staff. Paignton Zoo’s animal characters will be given human voices and computer-generated moving mouths.”
This won’t be the first time CBBC have teamed up with DHX Media. They have also teamed for Hank Zipzer, The Deep and Airmageddon.
The Zoo is executive produced by Jonny Keeling (Planet Earth, Deadly Pole to Pole). The series producer is Aaron Paul (The Wonder of Animals, World’s Weirdest Events). 30 episodes have been commissioned and will air in 2017.