5 questions for the content producer of A Zoo Like No Other

Marie-Ève ​​Potvin is an experienced content girl who has distinguished herself in both cultural and scientific productions. Researcher, screenwriter, she recently directed the documentary Behind the door of a caregiver. retired animals, 100% expensive and crazy about animals, are just some of the projects that confirm his love for animals. It is this passion that led her to Miller Zoo, which she introduces us to through A zoo like no other, which is in its fourth season.

A zoo like no other quickly settled in people’s hearts. What do you attribute it to?

People have fallen in love with Clifford and Émilie because they are genuine and they see how much they care about their mission. Cliff is funny, super creative, inventive. He’s a real sugar daddy for animals. It was nice to see him install the games for the kids. We feel his happiness to make them happy. Émilie is passionate, completely dedicated to animals. She has the ability to put themselves in their place, to understand them. Sometimes he wakes up every two hours to feed an injured robin in his basement. For them, all life is important. Despite their success, they remained themselves.

In the series, we have access to the residents of the zoo, but also to all those who have survived.

It’s a big part of their job, and it’s what people know the least about. It allows for education. Before an animal is released, it passes a behavior test. If he is too kind, he will not be released. The goal is for it to get wild again. More than a hundred animals are rehabilitated each year.

You document living beings over which you have no control. How do you do it?

This is the hardest part, because in TV we like to plan things. Fortunately, the team is exceptional and adapts quickly. Two days of filming for one episode are planned. I always draw up a plan with what we want to shoot. But it often happens that in the morning we curl the schedule and follow what is happening. A bear’s veterinary intervention is difficult to assess because it is unclear how long it will take to get it through the narrow gate or to get it to sleep. The same for a tapir birth. There is always the unexpected in everyday life in the zoo. We must also give the animals time to tame ourselves. It is a time when nothing is happening, but which is essential.

Are there any animals that are “kid kodak”?

More. Opy bears and chibs are very curious. They always go to see what Cliff is up to. When he put a hammock down to them, they immediately hurried to get into it. The wolf Louna was always happy. She liked to have her stomach scratched. Lemurs are my favorites. They always are willing. When we do an enrichment period, they are sweet and delicate with the cameramen, they give them kisses. We did yoga in their enclosure, they attended. Most animals know that camera means reward! With more embarrassed, deceived or lonely animals, we film from afar or install GoPros. On the set, we have always focused on the safety of the teams and the well-being of the animals. Nothing is forced.

In four seasons, you must have experienced privileged moments that were as sad as they were happy. Which ones caught your attention?

The day Louna died after the operation is probably the most difficult moment. I still get moved when I talk about it. She was a golden retriever in a wolf’s body. When we left with the camera, we all cried. We took a long break. Everyone was affected by his departure. Happy times, there are so many! But I think it’s a great privilege to see Opy and Chibs come out of hibernation. There was a large snow crust, and Clifford went to see if they were asleep. He turned his head and gave us a big smile. The bears came out of their cave. They were insanely stiff. A moment of pure joy, happiness.

A zoo like no other Monday 19.30 on TVA

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