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The Secret Life of the Zoo

  • Season 3
  • 7 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Nature
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Episode 1: The Secret Life of the Zoo

Summary

Pedro the giant anteater is about to be reunited with long-term mate Bliss, but falls ill and faces a major operation, with an uncertain outcome. Chester Zoo's extremely rare bald ibises produce a batch of new chicks, which are destined to be released back into the wild in southern Spain. There is also a chance to witness the reunion of rhino couple Beni and Asha, who have been kept separate for four years.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Chester Zoo reopens its gates to give us a glimpse of the animals’ love lives.
Rhinos Asha and Beni are caught “kissing” through a gap in the fence (they’ve been separated since the birth of their daughter).

Less romantic is the way Natasha, a rather beautiful white orchid mantis, eats her partners. “During mating… she’s eaten the (male’s) head while his body’s still attached to her. Still doing the deed but with no head,” says one (female) keeper with a smile.

Viewers may be saddened when one creature becomes seriously ill and can’t be saved, much to the distress of his partner.

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Executive producerAlistair Pegg
Executive producerEdmund Coulthard
Series editorMartin Fuller
Series producerMartin Hicks

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  • Episode 1

    The Secret Life of the Zoo

    Summary

    Pedro the giant anteater is about to be reunited with long-term mate Bliss, but falls ill and faces a major operation, with an uncertain outcome. Chester Zoo's extremely rare bald ibises produce a batch of new chicks, which are destined to be released back into the wild in southern Spain. There is also a chance to witness the reunion of rhino couple Beni and Asha, who have been kept separate for four years.

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Chester Zoo reopens its gates to give us a glimpse of the animals’ love lives.
    Rhinos Asha and Beni are caught “kissing” through a gap in the fence (they’ve been separated since the birth of their daughter).

    Less romantic is the way Natasha, a rather beautiful white orchid mantis, eats her partners. “During mating… she’s eaten the (male’s) head while his body’s still attached to her. Still doing the deed but with no head,” says one (female) keeper with a smile.

    Viewers may be saddened when one creature becomes seriously ill and can’t be saved, much to the distress of his partner.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerAlistair Pegg
    Executive producerEdmund Coulthard
    Series editorMartin Fuller
    Series producerMartin Hicks
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