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My Life’s a Zoo is a character-driven docu-series following the adventures of an exotic animal shelter called Hands on Exotics. This unique undertaking involves a dedicated team that takes care of over 200 exotic animals. It’s a tough job as zookeepers try to balance the needs and behaviours of so many different kinds of animals.
To pay for the shelter they book hundreds of shows and parties. With tight show schedules, the uncertainty of how animals are going to behave, things don’t always go as planned.
Every episode will have a new “hero” animal that is introduced. Seth and Del will explain the animal’s back story and also teach us some facts about the animal. Example: “Sapphire” the red macaw is a former circus parrot. She is well trained and knows tricks, but there are some behavior issues. Macaws are social animals that need a minimum of 6 hours of interaction per day.
Example: “Velcro” the african porcupine is a former pet who's owners could no longer take of him. Porcupines can be social animals but tend to bond with few people. People think that porcupines shoot their quills but that is a myth.
Throughout the episode we will see the behind the scenes working at the shelter and the problems and surprises that arise.
Money is a huge issue for the shelter, the monthly cost for taking care of 200 exotic animals is over $10,000!
Introduction to Seth and Del.
History behind Hands on Exotics and what they stand for.
Exotic shelters are needed in the community
Preparing and Going to an event where the unexpected happens.
End of the day putting the animals to bed, feeding them and finally getting to go to sleep.
It's a brand new day at the shelter and Hands on Exotics is preparing for the biggest show of the year.
The owners are informed of a Rescue animal that needs their help. They meet the animal and begin their rehabilitation process.
Fun and games, going to parks with the animals
Touch back to the rehabilitation process of the rescued animal.
End on how the rescue animal has been saved and is ready for shows
Hands on Exotics has made it through the winter and they are about to have the busiest season of their lives.
Del and Seth go through the process of hiring new people.
New hires are sent on shows with an experienced Zoo Handler and we see how well they perform under pressure.
Other new hires are taught how to clean the animal cages and it is not fun scooping poop and clearing hay. But this can be a comedic moment.
Show how much food, straw, bedding is needed for each of the cages.
Get to the fun part where the zoo keepers get to have play time with the animals and birds.
End of the day: what have we learned and how were the new recruits?
Seth and Del take a trip to the vet. The animals are given check ups and their shots.
Pregnant! One of the animals is pregnant and expecting a large litter. The crew takes special steps to prepare for the babies.
Some of the animals are recent rescues and might not make it if they can't get more money to help with special rehabilitation and care.
The episode ends with the birth of the babies or with the introduction of a new animal who has been cleared by the vet to begin going on shows with the public.
Hands on Exotics needs to book more shows and they begin a large fundraising campaign to build a bigger section for their animals that have outgrown their current cage.
Another zoo in Ontario is looking for homes for some of their exotic animals.
Seth and Del visit the zoo and adopt a new animal.
Behind the scenes look at another zoo and any sick or old animals that will soon die.
They take the animal home and begin its training process.
A visit to the hospital is needed because the new animal has cut the arm of one of the zoo keepers.
After getting stitches the keeper is back on the job, training and working and somewhat more careful with the new animal.
Seth and Del are upset with the zoo keeper for not being more careful. They also want to make sure that everyone is okay and try to calm their crew and determine that training for everyone is necessary with this new animals behaviour problems.
Final interview to talk about the problems with the new animal and how they were resolved with the trainer.
Seth and Del run into city council trouble with people that want to shut the zoo down.
They have received angry letters and are upset that the animals and them might end up jobless and homeless. Or worst case if the animals are taken away and put down.
Try to get interviews of the politician that wants to shut them down.
The zoo has an unexpected power outage and they have a suspicion that it might have been intentional.
The handlers go into emergency mode to ensure that the animals are okay in the extreme cold of the season. The snakes and tropical birds are particularly at risk.
Some animals need to be housed at adoption homes until the power gets turned back on over night.
The power gets turned on and the handlers see that a lot of damage to the cages needs to be repaired and they have to do a major clean up since the light and heat came back on.
Seth and Del are one of the major events at a convention centre
Animal activists who do not believe animals should be taken from the wild and be put in captivity are picketing the event.
Seth and Del explain that these animals are not from the wild but are rescues born and bred in Canada. If they did not take them in, they might have perished in breeding farm conditions.
The animals cuddle and enjoy strokes and treats from Seth and Del.
At the shelter they offer enrichment programs and a parrot club learns new ways to enrich the lives of their birds.
The facility is due for upgrades and building new pens
Seth and Del begin the upgrades but Del ends up doing most of the work
Seth and Del bicker about who does more work and make a bet
Del obviously does more work and Seth loses the bet on camera
One of the animals has a litter of babies
The litter is quite large and the zoo looks for some new homes for the babies
An adoption day is held at the shelter where people come in to look at the animals
Some people are eager but lack the knowledge and reasources to take care of such an animal
The babies that are kept are put into the zoos training programs
The animal shelter is a large cost for Seth and Del. Around $10,000 a month.
Funding is tight and they need to make changes while not sacrificing the welfare of the animals.
Seth and Del look for additional funding, but it might not be enough.
The shelter has be held together by strings financially for years
This might be the year that the shelter might close down
End episode with a cliffhanger on where they might lose the shelter due to lack of funding
- Seth and Del are passionate about all types of animals well being. People come up to them and tell them that their chicken looks sad while they eat chicken. Farm chickens are kept in tiny cages, are missing most of their feathers and have their beaks clipped. No one cares about farm reform.
- Seth and Del visit a feather and fur show with friends from the city. People in the city never see how animals are kept and would be incredibly surprised by how we raise animals in Ontario.
- Seth and Del visit another zoo and talk about how for some people animals kept in cages is cruel. The media spent 2 years worrying about 3 elephants at the Toronto zoo and getting them moved to a slightly better zoo than focusing on the millions of animals in Ontario that are kept in terrible conditions. The 1 orca at Marine land gets loads of attention for being intelligent but pigs are some of the most intelligent animals on the planet and who cares about them. Animal rights groups that are against zoos do more harm than good.
- Common misconception that people ask is "how did you get that kangaroo out of Australia or how did you get that lemur out of Madagascar?" When in fact many of these animals have been bred in Ontario for almost 100 years.