For more than two decades the DeYoung Family Zoo in Wallace, Michigan has been home to animals from across the globe. The owners of the zoo, Bud and Carrie, work hard to not only display exotic creatures, but also care for the region’s neglected and abused animals – a massive and never-ending responsibility.
The DeYoung Family Zoo is about to undertake the biggest project of its history – bringing in its first hippopotamus! Wallace is an eighteen month old hippo born in a zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia. And since they’re out of space, Wallace is headed off for the growing DeYoung Family Zoo. But what’s it take to construct a new exotic animal exhibit in northern Michigan?
Stress is high, time is running out and a slew of things threaten to interfere with this huge undertaking. Wallace the hippo is due to touch down at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport in just two days, and he’s scheduled to be the star attraction on Memorial Day Weekend. But will the DeYoung Family Zoo have everything ready in time?
Hippos are enormous creatures, spending up to 16 hours per day submerged in water. While a hippo calf can tip the scales at 100 pounds at birth, an adult can weigh up to 8,000 pounds and consume some 80 pounds of food per day.
Find out what happens with Wallace and follow the DeYoung Family Zoo’s daily adventures on the premiere of My Life is a Zoo: Show Me the Hippo TONIGHT at 10 PM et/pt on Nat Geo Wild!