Next Episode of The Secret Life of the Zoo is
Season 5 / Episode 2 and airs on 24 April 2018 19:00
The Secret Life of the Zoo takes a look behind the scenes of Chester Zoo. Using a range of filming techniques, including micro-rigs to capture close up animal behaviour, it will explore what the animals get up to, as well as their relationships with the keepers.
Golden poison frog Pablo has lost interest in his partner Maria, so bad boy El Loco is brought in to shake things up. In the chimpanzee habitat there's a power struggle for the role of dominant female. And baby porcupine Marion faces off the meerkat mob.
Critically endangered rhino Zuri gives birth to baby Ike. Otter Annie has three new pups. Camel Shan-shan is unwell. And sun bears Toni and Millie have relationship problems.
It's nightfall at Chester and the zoo's 800 nocturnal inhabitants start to wake up. Aardvark Koos is showing a potentially romantic interest in his sister Himba, but the zoo needs to ensure that their animals are breeding from the right genetic pool. As daylight arrives the keepers try to coax Himba into a crate to take her to another zoo. But she's now half-asleep and proving to be a stubborn aardvark, so it's not easy. It's time for nocturnal mouse deer Una to leave her parents and meet a mate. The zoo have a new space for her and her future partner Biani but she's proving shy, and hides in her new nesting box day and night. Can the arrival of Biani persuade her to come out? It's the final lunar cycle of the seahorses' mating season. Seahorses are one of the few species where the male gives birth, and clumsy underdog Seabiscuit needs to attract a female in the next week so that he can incubate her eggs and give birth at the next full moon.
Sumatran orangutan sisters Emma and Subis are, unusually, due to give birth at the same time, after male Puluh got them both pregnant. When Emma appears one morning with her new baby, it seems that Subis is going into labour. But after 24 hours of no progress, she is rushed to the vet for a possible caesarean section. What happens next is highly unexpected and shocks the team. Two-horned chameleon Ruby arrived at Chester after being transported illegally by pet traders and seized at customs. The zoo wants to breed her to help preserve the species, and Charles and Eddie are the two candidates. But chameleons are notoriously picky about mates, and Charles and Eddie will have to display themselves in front of each other to get Ruby in the mood.
The new run continues. African painted dogs K'mana and Ville were thrown together as a breeding couple after the dominant female died. But K'mana was never Ville's first choice as partner and still carries a limp from her battles with Ville's previous mate. Now she's pregnant with Chester Zoo's first ever litter of this rare and endangered species. It's vital that they thrive, but will the couple pull together to ensure the survival of their offspring? Okapi couple Dicky and Stuma are going through a lull in their relationship, with Stuma showing more interest in food than in Dicky's lacklustre advances. Keen to help rekindle their spark, keeper Gareth separates them in the hope that absence will make the heart grow fonder.
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