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The Secret Life of the Zoo

The Secret Life of the Zoo

Channel 4 2016

Chester Zoo is the most popular zoo in Britain. This observational documentary series uses micro-rig camera technology to capture, in incredible detail, the remarkable behaviour of the animals there.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Secret Life of the Zoo

The Secret Life of the Zoo - S7E4

#1 - Episode 4


Season 7 - Episode 4

When dik dik Kahri becomes a dad, his fight or flight instinct goes into overdrive. Meanwhile, the keepers face the dangerous task of replacing a broken window in the reticulated python habitat. Pademelon Kai meets a female for the first time and rhino Malindi is moved to a calving pen to welcome her baby.

The episode was rated from 6 votes.

The Secret Life of the Zoo - S2E5

#2 - Episode 5


Season 2 - Episode 5

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.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.

The Secret Life of the Zoo - S4E6

#3 - The Secret Life of the Zoo at Christmas 2017


Season 4 - Episode 6

The keepers at Chester Zoo are busy making gifts for the animals. But there's chaos when the chimps seek out their parcels. Plus: rhinos, ants and dwarf mongooses.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

The Secret Life of the Zoo - S4E9

#4 - Episode 9


Season 4 - Episode 9

Sun bears Toni and Millie have relationship problems. Critically endangered eastern black rhino Zuri gives birth to baby Ike. Otter Annie has three new pups. And camel Shan-shan is unwell.

The episode was rated from 6 votes.

The Secret Life of the Zoo - S10E3

#5 - Great Escapes


Season 10 - Episode 3

A look back at some of Chester Zoo's expert escapologists, from Sumatran orangutans to blue-throated macaws and an Andean bear cub on the adventure of a lifetime

The episode was rated from 4 votes.

#6 - Episode 5
Season 3 - Episode 5

Rhino Kifaru is attempting to mate, despite his arthritic knees, tapir Jenny falls ill, widowed porcupine Roxy meets a new, younger mate, and a flamingo chick goes missing. At 32, Kifaru is the oldest eastern black rhino at Chester Zoo. The species has been hunted to near-extinction, with only 600 left in the wild, but Chester has a successful breeding programme. Kifaru is introduced to younger female Malindi, in the hope that they will produce offspring. But Malindi is taller and 150kg heavier than Kifaru, so mating with her is challenging. Lowland tapir Jenny has been with her partner Cuzco for 25 years: one of the longest relationships in the zoo. The couple live with their most recent offspring, two-year-old male Zathras, and 18-month-old Inca. But Jenny has been plagued by a troublesome cough, and seems to be losing weight.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
#7 - Episode 4
Season 5 - Episode 4

Young orangutan Tripa is half the size of other orangutans his age. He relies on his mum for everything but can he become independent when she has a new baby? Plus: penguins, beetles and painted dogs.

The episode was rated from 5 votes.
#8 - Episode 10
Season 4 - Episode 10

Aardvark Koos gets romantic with his sister in this night-time special. Can underdog seahorse Seabiscuit grow the vital appendage he needs to attract a mate? Plus: bats and mouse deer.

The episode was rated from 7 votes.
The Secret Life of the Zoo - S1E1
#9 - Episode 1
Season 1 - Episode 1

Grumpy elephant Thi is expecting a baby. The chimps battle for dominance. Red panda Nima gives her partner Jung the cold shoulder. And the meerkats prove they're not as loveable as they first seem.

The episode was rated from 37 votes.
The Secret Life of the Zoo - S2E3
#10 - Episode 3
Season 2 - Episode 3

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.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.

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