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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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Rare silvery gibbons Alven and Tilu are expecting a new addition; but when the new baby arrives, it's up to Dad, Alven, to keep their older son, reckless teenager, Eko, in check.
aired 3 days ago
Baby flamingo Marley's mom loses interest in mothering duties leaving dad, Rum, to rear the baby alone; parenting duties are normally shared equally by flamingo parents, but Rum will have to do the work of two parents if his son is going to endure.
aired 6 days ago
Otter couple Diego and Icana are best friends but have never mated, so keepers decide to replace Diego with a new male, Tarubu; they hope that young Tarubu will relight Icana's fire and that they will provide Chester with long-awaited otter pups.
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Reticulated pythons, 'Jodie Foster' and Bali, are two of the most dangerous animals in the zoo; when a window is broken in their habitat, keepers have to find a way of distracting these man-eating creatures so that the repair work can be completed.
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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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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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Even though sloths Tina and Rico live together, a plan is put in place to bring them closer since Tina has spent her waking moments for the last three years giving Rico a hard time.
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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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Blue Poison dart frog Bertha loves to wrestle, the zoo would like to breed her, but she's scared off all potential suitors; the keepers introduce some new young male frogs, in the hope that one of them will be strong enough to win her over.
aired 9 days ago
Matrah the cheetah is shunned by his two brothers after starting to show signs of injury, he is taken to the vet to figure out what's wrong, but the brotherly reunion doesn't go as planned, so keepers fear they may have to separate them.
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It is mating season at Chester Zoo; tortoises Burt and Terrance, who have been best friends for 70 years, compete for the affections of breeding female Smooth Sides; pregnant okapi K'Tusha is due to give birth.
aired 14 days ago
After losing her partner last year, Nima the red panda is introduced to a new mate named Koda; nut the pair get off to a bad start when Koda chases Nima up a tree, leaving her hanging from the highest branch.
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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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Rare okapi Stomp must woo female K'Tusha, the African painted dogs; Raja the Bornean river turtle meets two new prospective mates.
aired 14 days ago
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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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.
aired 1 day ago
A fully immersive, deep-dive that explores the extraordinary underwater world of the zoo; cameras probe the depths of a mysterious habitat teeming with amazing tales.
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A power struggle unfolds on chimp island as dominant male Dylan is challenged by young pretender Carlos.
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Rhino Asha is pregnant by partner, Beni and when keepers go home for the night Asha goes into labor and there's a surprise awaiting them when they arrive at work the next morning.
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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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