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The Secret Life of the Zoo

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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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An elephant family has a potentially deadly virus affecting animals in captivity and in the wild; with the youngest members of the family most at risk, the keepers and the zoo's veterinary team must do all they can to combat the mysterious illness.
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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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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.
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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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Eastern black rhino Kitani is due to give birth and help swell the ranks of the endangered species; jewel wasp Ripley wants the perfect cockroach to help give birth to her offspring; four rare tenrecs from Madagascar arrive.
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Rothschild's giraffe Orla has got the keepers guessing; she is about to give birth to her third calf, but is two weeks overdue; the astonishing arrival of the giraffe family's youngest member and its introduction to the herd.
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Chester's Penguin Island is home to one of the most enduring love stories in the zoo.
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The zoo's Asian elephant family welcome a new arrival.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Spring is in the air at Chester Zoo and many of the animals are giving birth, but an outbreak of disease in the penguin colony leaves chick Munch fighting for his life.
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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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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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