Listing five best zoo documentaries enables fascinating looks at wildlife of all kinds.  There is so much more to experience than just walking through a typical zoo and watching the usual animals. 

  1. "WILDLIFE FINDER" is an ongoing BBC web site where you can visit regularly and see hundreds of animals in their actual habitats all over the world.  Billed as "the world's biggest online zoo," clips and still pictures are posted daily to the global audience who appreciates spectacular photography and wildlife documentaries all the way from "Planet Earth" to news items from regional TV.  For instance, underwater and infrared cameras shoot deep-sea animals and nocturnal ones.  See mammals, birds, fish, jumping spiders, the very popular meerkat, and far too many more to mention.

  2. "WE BOUGHT A ZOO; The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals that Changed Their Lives Forever"  This best-selling true-story memoir by Benjamin Mee was also a four-part BBC television documentary, "Ben's Zoo", in 2007.  Now director Cameron Crowe plans a movie on this that is set for release in December of 2011. 

  3. "The Crocodile Hunter" Those documentaries had approximately 200 million viewers in over 30 countries, and many featured Steve Irwin at  his popular Australia Zoo.  After Steve's tragic death in the first undersea documentary ever shot showing a large stingray shooting a death barb (this one pierced Steve's heart), his widow Terri, daughter Bindi, and son Bob have continued popularizing the Australia Zoo, even with its  financial difficulties, in order to continue Steve's legacy.

  4. "The History of Chester Zoo" was chosen as a 2009 subject for the documentary series "Zoo Days", which highlighted the behind-the-scenes running of different zoos.  Forbes described the Chester Zoo as one of the best fifteen zoos in the world in 2007.  This zoo is a zoological garden in Cheshire, England, is Britain's most-visited wildlife attraction, and is one of the largest zoos in the United Kingdom with 111 acres and a total land holding of 400 acres. 

  5. "Journey to the Jungle" is a program at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Thailand:  This documentary shows exotic and awesome animals as well as water birds, otters, and even tigers swimming underwater (there is an  underwater viewing pool at the zoo).  This huge zoo, which is surrounded by natural forests and tropical plants, is said to be "the best zoo experience in Thailand". 

-Jacklyn Barlow