The Secret Life of the Zoo

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The Secret Life of the ZooChester Zoo is one of the most popular wildlife parks in Great Britain, attracting more than 1.8 million visitors annually. Through the use of cameras equipped with the latest technology, this program takes viewers behind the scenes of the zoo, capturing animal behavior close up, as well as the relationships the animals share with their keepers. Memorable scenes filmed over the course of the series include the birth of a baby giraffe, a pregnant viper getting X-rayed, chimps battling for dominance, and a red panda giving her partner the cold shoulder.
S10, EP4 "Bongo Love Story"Trouble ensues when the time comes to pair Chester's newest bongo couple, Safi and Moti; a trio of Silver-eared mesia chicks must find a way to survive when a fierce storm destroys their nest; Gentle George the Malagasy giant rat faces surgery.
S10, EP5 "Survival of the Fittest"When the new chimp Vila attempts to assume the role of matriarch, violence erupts; the keepers are anxious to see if Chinese croc lizards Drew and Lucy are expecting.
S10, EP6 "Goodbye for Now"When Mama Orangutan Sarkiei becomes sickly, keepers must separate her from prized son Tombol; giraffe Dagmar becomes dangerously thin, keepers must determine whether or not to part her from calf Mburo; the male giant otter pup go on a hunger strike.
S10, EP3 "Habitat Fit for a King"An Asiatic lion named Iblis and his kin are moved to a new habitat; a bloody mess in the vampire crab exhibit; an Andean bear named Bernie suffers from a broken heart, and a toothache.
S10, EP2 "The New Otter Brood"After a long road, giant otter couple Icana and Tarubu welcome four pups and quickly discover the hardships of parenting; red river hog Kya struggles to survive against her two sisters; keepers become concerned for Donatello a sickly Batagur turtle.
S10, EP1 "Protecting 007"Keepers are curious when Margery the Malayan tapir is suddenly eating for two; when a deadly virus is suspected of being the cause behind a female hyacinth macaw's untimely death, her partner James Bond must undergo tests and total isolation.
S9, EP3 "The Bermuda Skink Shuffle"Laid-back rock hyraxes Daissie and Nungu are expecting their eighth litter; the Bermuda skinks have a ferocious approach to mating as Poptart meets Sharkface.
S9, EP2 "Wishing for a Meerkat Miracle"At the zoo, a recent fire is suspected to be what's keeping Chester's hornbills from having chicks; a meerkat called Huskie has baby blues; a sun bear called Millie has a feisty cub on her paws.
S9, EP1 "A Deer Family Welcome"On Chimpanzee Island, younger males test the pecking order; there's a fish out of water.
S9 "Bongo Love Story"Trouble ensues when the time comes to pair Chester's newest bongo couple, Safi and Moti; a trio of Silver-eared mesia chicks must find a way to survive when a fierce storm destroys their nest; Gentle George the Malagasy giant rat faces surgery.
S9 "Goodbye for Now"When Mama Orangutan Sarkiei becomes sickly, keepers must separate her from prized son Tombol; giraffe Dagmar becomes dangerously thin, keepers must determine whether or not to part her from calf Mburo; the male giant otter pup go on a hunger strike.
S9 "The New Otter Brood"After a long road, giant otter couple Icana and Tarubu welcome four pups and quickly discover the hardships of parenting; red river hog Kya struggles to survive against her two sisters; keepers become concerned for Donatello a sickly Batagur turtle.
S9 "Protecting 007"Keepers are curious when Margery the Malayan tapir is suddenly eating for two; when a deadly virus is suspected of being the cause behind a female hyacinth macaw's untimely death, her partner James Bond must undergo tests and total isolation.
S9 "Habitat Fit for a King"An Asiatic lion named Iblis and his kin are moved to a new habitat; a bloody mess in the vampire crab exhibit; an Andean bear named Bernie suffers from a broken heart, and a toothache.
S9 "Survival of the Fittest"When the new chimp Vila attempts to assume the role of matriarch, violence erupts; the keepers are anxious to see if Chinese croc lizards Drew and Lucy are expecting.
S8, EP7 "A Very Merry Chester Zoo"Animals at the zoo are eager to experience their first holiday season; Bactrian camels Becky and Mei-Li meet Sparky, the newest addition of the herd, while Clerk the mascara barb fish partners with a trio of fish, Kourtney, Kim and Khloe.
S8, EP6 "Something's Fishy"Young bongo Moti is in his prime and the keepers prepare him to mate; Aquarium staff grow concerned when they discover pinstripe damba fish George in distress.
S8, EP5 "Playing Match Maker"Spotty chocolate poison dart frog Hunter arrives and battles for the title of top male of the colony; Zoo keepers hope for a new joey when they discover Dusky pademelon Styx's new appearance.
S8, EP4 "The Birthing Journey"Chester's Rothschild's giraffe herd expects another new arrival; Orla's calf is overdue; a pair of Bactrian camels experience separation trauma; Cabot's tragopan pheasants have been together for two years but have yet to breed.
S8, EP3 "Elephant Dynamics"Keepers spot the Asian short-clawed otter pups are developing bald patches; last year's flamingo chicks are about to graduate from bird creche to adult aviary, including young males Hazel and Cha Cha; Asian elephant Anjan is withdrawn and aggressive.
S8, EP2 "Macaw 911"Matriarch giraffe Dagmar is ready to give birth after a 15-month pregnancy; an orangutan family who was spared when fire ripped through their habitat, attempts to resume normal life.
S8, EP1 "Penguin House Hunters"Chester Zoo embarks on treatment to save Asian elephant calf Indali; Humboldt penguins go house hunting, but an intruder is eyeing up their turf; in the aquarium, Banggai cardinalfish Richard is left to incubate partner Hyacinth's eggs in his mouth.
Chester Zoo is one of the most popular wildlife parks in Great Britain, attracting more than 1.8 million visitors annually. Through the use of cameras equipped with the latest technology, this program takes viewers behind the scenes of the zoo, capturing animal behavior close up, as well as the relationships the animals share with their keepers. Memorable scenes filmed over the course of the series include the birth of a baby giraffe, a pregnant viper getting X-rayed, chimps battling for dominance, and a red panda giving her partner the cold shoulder.
Original Air Date: Feb 2, 2016
Genres: DocuseriesTV Series
Rating: 6
Playback: HD
3 seasons available on demand (19 episodes)
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