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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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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.
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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.
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K'mana the African painted dog is pregnant with the zoo's first ever litter of the rare species, but her and the cub's father haven't always gotten along.
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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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Keepers hope that dwarf mongoose couple, Cooper and Mini, may deliver some new babies in time for Christmas.
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Zookeepers are forced to rally when Sumatran orangutans escape from their new enclosure at Chester Zoo.
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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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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.
aired 16 days 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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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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