Next Episode of The Secret Life of the Zoo is
Season 4 / Episode 3 and airs on 29 November 2017 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.
Florence and Nadine, two of Chester's Grevy's zebras, are both about to give birth. But fixing a due date is almost impossible, so the keepers are keeping a close eye on both of them. Other animals are struggling to produce offspring. Iblis is an Asiatic lion, one of the rarest animals in the world. His partner of five years, Kumari, seems to be losing interest in him. Keepers can find nothing physically wrong with the pair, so decide to put Iblis on a programme of tearing animal carcasses from trees in order to get him into shape. But will it be enough to impress Kumari? Meanwhile, warthog dad Magnum is feeling the pressure of parenting.
The new run of the documentary series that captures the remarkable behaviour of the animals at Chester Zoo continues. Kendari the babirusa is pregnant. But the two short-clawed otters she shares a paddock with, Wallace and Annie, keep throwing stones at her house while she's settling down to give birth. Keepers decide to move Wallace and Annie out of the babirusa paddock and into the habitat next door, where the Bornean orangutans live. Young male orangutan Willie has been struggling to impress the females, Sarikei and Leia.
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 penguin chick Munch fighting for his life. Sulawesi macaque mum Lisa gives birth to Han, but dad Mamassa isn't proving much parenting help, so Lisa's older son Beaker steps in to help with the babysitting. Andean spectacled bear Lima is entering her short window of fertility, and 19-stone male Bernie seems determined to woo her, but Lima doesn't seem to want to let Bernie get close to her. And when young male tortoise Football muscles in on 71-year-old Bert's harem of females, keepers decide to keep Bert's spirits up by introducing two Swedish female tortoises to the group.
Sumatran tiger mum Kirana faces losing her two sons, Topan and Jaya, who are fully grown and being moved to other zoos to start families of their own. Keepers are unsure how Kirana, and her remaining cub, daughter Kasarna, will react to the departure of the boys. One of Chester Zoo's most secretive and sensitive animals, Oana the anoa, gives birth to a calf, Nani. But Oana's anxiety after the birth threatens Nani's health: she's licking her so much that the calf is losing its fur.
There's an escape at Chester Zoo in this episode. The Sumatran orangutans have been getting used to new quarters, when keepers see from CCTV that Subis, Tuti, Siska and Indah have gone missing. They find Subis in the roof of the Monsoon Forest: an area that's strictly off-limits to orangutans. But Subis seems to be enjoying a day out, trying on a fire hydrant cover and some vet's gloves for size. The keepers must rely on their understanding of the escapees to try to tempt them back inside. Family dynamics are always shifting in Chester's animal groups. In the meerkat house, the dominant female is facing trouble, from her own daughter. Known as Number 13, the daughter is launching physical attacks on Mum, in a struggle for dominance.
With Christmas approaching, the keepers at Chester hope to include the animals in the festivities, but some of the animals aren't getting into the Christmas spirit. Christmas stockings filled with treats have been hung up for the Sumatran orangutan family, but eight-year-old Indah decides to open everyone's stocking for them. Sun bear couple Toni and Millie have been together for three years, but their relationship seems to have come off the rails. Can a trial separation make the heart grow fonder? While many of the animals are getting edible Christmas treats, reticulated python Bali has been off her food for over three months and there's growing concern for her welfare. She needs a health check but she's 23 feet long and weighs almost 80 kilos, so ten brave keepers are needed to catch her, in order to get to the bottom of her eating disorder.
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