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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.

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The African painted dog pups are venturing out of their den for the first time, but the runt of the litter, Mosi is slow to follow; keepers are concerned that she has issues with her eyesight which could be fatal for a pup in the wild.
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Giraffe Orla is pregnant, but with the size of a giraffe calf and length of their legs, the birth is always a risky process; as she goes into labor, the team prepares.
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A new breeding pair of meerkats has moved to the zoo, but their aardvark housemates give them anxiety; keepers decide to redesign the paddock to give them their own space.
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It is time for mouse deer Una to leave her parents and meet a mate of her own, but she is being shy around her future partner, Biani.
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Sun bears Toni and Milli are having relationship issues with Toni being given the cold shoulder, but the keepers hope that romance flourishes again in a new enclosure.
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Giraffe Kidepo is off to a new zoo, his younger brother Narus is proving a disruptive influence and the keepers wrestle with the challenges thrown up by the move but Narus doesnt make things easier.
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Porcupines Roxie and Henning have had a baby, but living alongside 11 meerkats means that the new arrival will need to stay calm.
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Chester's bachelor pad of lemurs is about to be in for a shock with a dominant female on her way; a novice zebra starts to make a play for power, which isn't to top zebra Florence's liking; the keepers are desperate to breed Javan green magpies.
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The chimps have a large stick, but eldest chimp Boris is wary of dominant male Dylan stealing his reward when keeper Niall attempts to negotiate for the stick's return.
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Andean bear Lima has a 3-month-old cub, Madidi, but keepers are concerned that her overprotective behavior may curb its development; Madidi embarks on an adventure into the paddock next door.
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Capybara Lily is pregnant and keepers are hoping for a big litter to liven things up in the all-female group; when newborn Henry emerges, he quickly learns to enjoy having the run of the paddock, and the attention of all the females.
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Sumatran tiger Kirana and her daughter, Kasarna, have started to clash at mealtimes; West African mandrill JC is being challenged for his dominant position by his sons, Ludo and Jareth; male red panda Jung is losing weight.
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Mr. Parsons the chameleon is about to meet a new mate; Jaguars Napo and Goshi are being encouraged to mate, but Napo doesn't seem to be interested; Murchison, a young giraffe, faces the great outdoors; an 18-month-old elephant has a surprise.
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Rare okapi Stomp must woo female K'Tusha, the African painted dogs; Raja the Bornean river turtle meets two new prospective mates.
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Rhino Kifaru attempts to mate despite his arthritic knees; tapir Jenny falls ill; widowed porcupine Roxy meets a new, younger mate; a flamingo chick goes missing.
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A new elephant calf, Indali, is born but her young half-sister Nandita doesn't welcome the new arrival; bush dog dad Franco is under pressure as his family grows; Apple faces a major operation.
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A new female chimp arrives at Chester Zoo, the runt of the otter litter goes missing, and cheetah mother Kinky Tail is on the operating table.
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Penguin chicks and a silvery gibbon baby face their fears; giraffe mother Tula gives birth after being a week overdue following a 13-month pregnancy.
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Pedro the giant anteater is about to be reunited with long-term mate Bliss; the bald ibises produce a batch of new chicks; rhino couple Beni and Asha are due to be reunited after four years apart.
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Zookeepers are forced to rally when Sumatran orangutans escape from their new enclosure at Chester Zoo.
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Sumatran tiger Kirana is facing the loss of her sons, Topan and Jaya, as they are being moved to other zoos to start families of their own; keepers are unsure how Kirana and her remaining cub will react to their departure.

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