Nat Geo WILD is on the verge of taking viewers on a wild ride with new series Secrets of the Zoo, set at the breathtaking Columbus Zoo. With over 10,000 animals in their care, and more than 2.4 million guests coming through the gates every year, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium goes above and beyond when it comes to taking care of their own species, and species around the world. They're restoring the lemur populations in Madagascar, rehabilitating and releasing manatees in Florida, and saving coral in the reefs in the Atlantic ocean, just to name a few. I knew I had to see this wonderful place for myself. And let me tell you, what they do is paws-itively incredible.

I traveled to Columbus, Ohio with Nat Geo WILD to get a taste of what their new series Secrets of the Zoo will show viewers. For over a year, Nat Geo and the amazing staff at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium have been working together to tell some incredible stories about the relationships between these animals and their caretakers. Based on what I saw, the show is not going to disappoint.

Surfin' Safari Show

When you think of zoos, you probably think of lions and tigers and bears (oh my!). That's about what I expected when I sat down for the Columbus Zoo's Surfin' Safari show. I was not prepared for the cuteness. This fast-paced show featured pigs, kangaroos, dogs, cats, birds and even a porcupine. There were cats jumping off of diving boards, dogs playing jump rope, and I didn't know where to look next! The best part? All of the animals are rescued. Most of the dogs and cats in the show came from local animal shelters around the Ohio area. I'm not even kitten, The Surfin' Safari show is definitely a zoo highlight.

Tiger Tug of War

Yes, this is a real thing that exists. As if I wasn't already having the best day of my life, I played tug of war with an actual tiger. Apparently, it's enriching for them to yank on the rope, and it's equal parts demoralizing and fun for human beings. For me, it did not go well. With the slightest jerk of his head, the tiger had me lunging forward, nearly falling on the ground. That's not to say I didn't have a blast. The whole thing was a hoot, but if you go into it thinking you'll win, you're going to be disappointed. For more of what you can expect when Nat Geo WILD brings Secrets of the Zoo to the small screen, head on over to the next page!

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