Next Episode of The Secret Life of the Zoo is
Season 2 / Episode 5 and airs on 15 December 2016 20:00
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.
Thi the elephant is expecting a baby. A red panda named Nima is giving her partner Jung the cold shoulder.
Following the 15-year-old love story between penguins Rud, aged 22 and Spike. The Sumatran tigers are moved to their new luxury enclosure.
Orla the giraffe is about to give birth to her second calf, but is three weeks overdue and so is keeping the zoo staff on their toes. The team at Chester try and save the endangered mountain chicken frogs before they become extinct. There's also a look at what a day in the life is like for an aardvark.
A deadly virus hits the zoos elephant house, putting the youngest creatures in a vulnerable situation. A stallion zebra is introduced to three mares, with hopes of them mating. Plus a look at the world of the mole rat.
Four new fledgling Humboldt penguins are brought up separately from the main penguins, in hopes that they will be strong enough to fish in the main pool soon enough. Niall has to negotiate with one of his chimps to release a moorhen chick that he takes prisoner. Plus the story of a pair of Sunda gharial crocodiles.
With numbers in the wild dwindling rapidly, Chester Zoo's black rhino breeding programme is a key part of preserving the species. In this episode, black rhino Kitani is introduced to new mate Magadi, but with injury a high risk during mating, keeper Babs is concerned that Kitani may struggle to defend herself, since she lost her horn after the death of her calf. Meanwhile, there's a surprise birth in the orangutan house, and older sibling Tuti has to fend for herself and set out on the road to independence. Last in the series.
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