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Season 12 / Episode 1 and airs on 31 July 2017 09:15
Series exploring life behind the scenes at Longleat Estate and Safari Park.
Some of the world's most endangered species are at risk when a potentially fatal disease makes it on to the estate. Keepers in the giraffe house are on tenterhooks as they wait to see if a newborn calf survives the critical first few days. And it looks a bit like a bear and a bit like a cat but smells of popcorn - will an exotic new arrival be the key to a breeding programme that could save a species?
Keepers are locked in a battle of wills with Dave the Canadian timber wolf, who keeps attempting to explore areas outside of his enclosure. Having worked at the park for 40 years, one keeper might have finally got the two grumpy hippos just where he wants them. Meanwhile, Jean discovers just how powerful an elephant sneeze really is. And as the sun sets on the lion paddock, keepers are rigging special cameras to try to discover what goes on after dark.
A specialist wildlife cameraman from the BBC's Planet Earth series arrives at the park to film Longleat's most impressive feeders. His subject is a chameleon who has a tongue which flies out four times faster than a jet fighter. But what if it doesn't want breakfast?
Meanwhile, Kate Humble and Ben Fogle discover the lengths keepers go to for the animal orphans, while Jean Johansson sets up a tug of war for the lion pride. Elsewhere, the stakes couldn't be higher as vital testing for a killer disease continues. But when tragedy strikes, can the keepers recover from the unthinkable?
Kate Humble and Ben Fogle round-up the Easter specials, including the continuing story of the two endangered cheetah cubs, Poppy and Winston. Having survived the first few months, it is time for them to go out into their big open enclosure. It is next door to the lions and will soon be full of visitor's cars, but who is more nervous, their mum Wilma or the keepers?
Jean Johansson meets a highly endangered secretary bird and a troop of incredibly cheeky monkeys, and a fruit bat is rushed to the vet with a suspected broken wing. To do the x-ray it must have an anaesthetic, but will the tiny bat come back round?
Kate Humble and Ben Fogle return to Longleat Safari Park as it enters the busiest time of the year. The park's 14 giraffe make their way to their summer paddock, only for baby Evan to cause a stampede. Meanwhile, Jean Johansson attempts to capture a snake-killing secretary bird in super-slow motion. There has been a baby boom in monkey jungle with 15 babies born in just three days, but elsewhere another baby is in great danger. A new reindeer calf is just an hour old but has become weak and is now unable to suckle from its mother. As the little calf begins to fade away in the arms of a keeper, can the team find a way to save this fragile new life?
Kate Humble and Ben Fogle return to Longleat Safari Park. As summer continues, keepers attempt to keep the rhinos cool by encouraging them into a mud bath, but what do you do if a two-ton rhino doesn't want to get in? Two of the world's largest and most lethal species of tarantula arrive at the park, and Jean Johansson attempts to settle a feud between a group of feisty lionesses. All eyes are on the Cheetah Territory drive-through because the two precious cubs are finally going to come face to face with visitors' cars - how will they react, and will the keepers have quick enough reactions to keep the fastest cats on the planet safe from harm?
Kate Humble and Ben Fogle return to Longleat Safari Park. As temperatures continue to soar, so too does the number of new babies. Keepers are primed and ready to capture the first critical moments of life for a pair of rainbow lorikeets as they train 'nestcam' on a pair of eggs. Meanwhile, at Half-Mile Lake, another set of keepers are taken completely by surprise with the unexpected birth of a sea lion pup. Sadly there is not good news in every corner of the park. One of best-known giraffe in the herd has become very sick, and vets cannot get to the bottom of what is wrong with him. He is losing weight and looking frail - could this illness have spread to other animals, and could that threaten the future of the entire herd?
A specialist wildlife cameraman from the BBC's Planet Earth series arrives at the park attempting to film Longleat's fastest mammals, but will his high-tech equipment be able to match the explosive power of the cheetahs? The park is mobilised and the vet has been called because one of the roan antelope is in trouble and needs an emergency procedure. Meanwhie, Kate Humble and Ben Fogle hear the results of a leading expert's study into the wellbeing of Anne the former circus elephant - how much has she improved, and what more can be done to help her?
The penguin keepers embark on their most ambitious project ever - an underwater feeding machine to encourage their birds to hunt for their breakfast. Jean Johansson discovers how wolves like to bury their food so they can come back to eat it when they are hungry. Meanwhile, Ben Fogle and Kate Humble meet a new creature at the park - and it is the male, not the female, which gives birth to their young. And a hyrax is rushed to the vet for some emergency dental work, but having never treated one before, have the team bitten off more than they can chew?
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