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Modern-day Noah’s Ark in Alabama

February 15, 2006

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"The Little Zoo that Could" (8 p.m., Animal Planet) celebrates a modern-day Noah's Ark. In September 2004, with Hurricane Ivan bearing down on their location, the director of Alabama's Gulf Coast Zoo made the remarkable and unprecedented decision to evacuate the animals. With only 36 hours to spare, and no room at any inns for a motley menagerie ranging from big Siberian tigers to tiny bush babies, the animals were relocated to the zookeeper's house - 20 miles inland. "The Little Zoo that Could," a struggle to save 270 exotic animals, will air in 13 one-hour installments, beginning tonight.

¢ MTV offers a real alternative for the Olympic-phobic: Two solid hours in "Fat Camp" (8 p.m., MTV). This documentary special follows five campers as they embark for a weight-loss camp in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains.

¢ Are you a stickler for details? Do you find yourself second-guessing Martha Stewart on a regular basis? Then "Windsor Castle: A Royal Year" (7 p.m., PBS) is for you. This unabashed puff piece for the British Royal family offers viewers unprecedented access to the Windsor's regal pile, a 1,000-year old castle maintained by a staff with hundreds of years of collective experience.

The first installment, "The Banquet," offers a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation for a state dinner honoring the centennial of L'Entente Cordiale, the 1905 peace treaty between Britain and France.

Tonight's other highlights

¢ Winter Olympics (7 p.m., NBC) coverage continues.

¢ Talents blossom or wither in the Hollywood hothouse on "American Idol" (7 p.m., Fox).

¢ A fine whine on "Yes, Dear" (7:30 p.m., CBS). This marks the show's sixth-season finale. How this "comedy" lasted one season is the real mystery.

¢ Sayid discovers a mysterious stranger on "Lost" (8 p.m., ABC).

¢ A blackmailer targets gay teens on "Veronica Mars" (8 p.m., UPN).

¢ "The Blitz: London's Longest Night" (8 p.m., PBS) recalls a December 1940 bombing raid by the Nazi air force that was intended to demoralize the British but only increased their resolve.

¢ Death arrives by elevator on "CSI: NY" (9 p.m., CBS).

¢ Kira searches for answers on "Invasion" (9 p.m., ABC).

¢ Down to three on "Project Runway" (9 p.m., Bravo).

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