LONG BEACH — Get ready to learn about prickly porcupines, towering giraffes and some amazing arachnids.
Lakeshore Public Media will be broadcasting the pilot episode of 24/7 Productions' "At the Zoo, with Max & McKenzie" on Friday at 3 p.m.
In this half-hour program, 10-year old co-hosts Max Olesker and McKenzie Pitchford go on-location to travel inside, around and all over the sprawling 216-acres world-class Brookfield Zoo.
The program is written, produced and directed by Long Beach resident Jack Olesker.
According to Jack Olesker, Max and McKenzie will go up-close and personal in educational encounters with giraffes, condors, hippopotamuses, rhinos, porcupines, dolphins and many other animal residents at Brookfield Zoo. They will visit permanent venues such as the Seven Seas Dolphinarium, Tropic World and Fragile Desert. They’ll also make a stop at a seasonal exhibit — the Amazing Arachnids — where Max, McKenzie and viewers will learn about creepy crawlers from all over the world.
"At the Zoo, with Max & McKenzie" will also find the co-hosts chatting with many of zoo’s animal care specialists to learn more about the animals and how they are taken care of on a daily basis, going behind-the-scenes to visit some locations that few zoo visitors ever get to see. In one segment, Max dons a doctor’s smock to "assist" Brookfield’s Vice-President of Clinical Medicine Michael J. Adkesson as he examines a sedated wombat in the zoo’s state-of-the-art animal hospital and clinic.
"At the Zoo, with Max & McKenzie" is the product of award-winning writer-producer-director Jack Olesker, who is the president and CEO of 24/7 Productions. Jack Olesker said he has a three-decades long history in television, having written, created and produced more than 1,200 episodes of television, including television series "Care Bears," "The New Adventures of He-man," "The Super Mario Brothers Super Show" and many others. He also wrote the original development work for and is the co-creator of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers."
Encore presentations are on June 21 at 7 p.m. and June 23 at 9 a.m.