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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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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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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about to graduate from bird creche to adult aviary, including young males Hazel and Cha Cha; Asian elephant Anjan is withdrawn and aggressive.
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Thi is pregnant with her ninth baby and keepers believe she's three months overdue; the risks for her and her unborn calf are growing by the day.
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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A power struggle unfolds on chimp island as dominant male Dylan is challenged by young pretender Carlos.
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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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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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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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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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