The New Zoos | 1997
Program examines how zoos are working both to improve the lives of their captive inhabitants and to help restore wild populations. In San Diego, Alan Alda visits polar bears and pandas that live in an environment specially designed to simulate the continuing stimulation of life in the wild. He takes part in tuna tagging at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, and assists in the ER at the New England Aquarium as a puffer fish has a bladder stone removed. Also featured is a zoo psychologist who specializes in preventing boredom among her gorilla and orangutan clients.