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Observational documentary series capturing, in incredible detail, the remarkable behaviour of the animals at Chester Zoo, and their relationships with their keepers

Factual

A look back at some of Chester Zoo's expert escapologists

Wed 9 Sep, 8pm | 47 mins

Great Escapes

Some of the zoo's animals are happily together forever, including penguins Rudd and Spike

Wed 2 Sep, 8pm | 47 mins

Together Forever

Asian elephant Thi is pregnant with her ninth baby

Wed 26 Aug, 8pm | 47 mins

Extraordinary Births

At the reptile house, the Bermuda skinks have a ferocious approach to mating

First shown: Thu 27 Feb 2020 | 46 mins

Series 9 Episode 3

Chester's hornbills and meerkat Huskie have the baby blues

First shown: Thu 20 Feb 2020 | 47 mins

Series 9 Episode 2

The young male chimps test the pecking order. There's a fish out of water at the aquarium.

First shown: Thu 13 Feb 2020 | 47 mins

Series 9 Episode 1

Youngsters across the zoo are about to have their first Christmas, and there's newbies too

First shown: Wed 11 Dec 2019 | 47 mins

The Secret Life of the Zoo at Christmas

Keepers are keen to breed some baby eastern bongos, an endangered species of antelope

First shown: Wed 4 Dec 2019 | 47 mins

Series 8 Episode 6

Keepers hope there may be a first joey on the way for dusky padamelon Styx

First shown: Wed 27 Nov 2019 | 47 mins

Series 8 Episode 5

A pair of Bactrian camels experience the trauma of separation

First shown: Thu 21 Nov 2019 | 47 mins

Series 8 Episode 4

Asian short-clawed otter pups are developing bald patches. Plus, Caribbean flamingos.

First shown: Thu 14 Nov 2019 | 47 mins

Series 8 Episode 3

Keepers are vigilant of the zoo's Sumatran orangutans

First shown: Thu 7 Nov 2019 | 47 mins

Series 8 Episode 2

Penguins Almond and Walnut go house-hunting, but an intruder is eyeing up their turf

First shown: Thu 31 Oct 2019 | 47 mins

Series 8 Episode 1

An underwater special featuring blind fish, rare amphibians, a frisky penguin and more

First shown: Thu 23 May 2019 | 46 mins

Underwater Special

Jaguars Napo and Goshi aren't breeding. Will training Napo to be more assertive help?

First shown: Thu 21 Feb 2019 | 46 mins

Series 7 Episode 7

Flamingo mum Calypso loses interest in mothering her chick. Three onagers are pregnant.

First shown: Thu 14 Feb 2019 | 47 mins

Series 7 Episode 6

Bears Lima and Madidi aren't getting on. Two butterflies get drunk on fermented fruit.

First shown: Thu 7 Feb 2019 | 47 mins

Series 7 Episode 5

When dik dik Kahri becomes a dad, his fight or flight instinct goes into overdrive

First shown: Thu 31 Jan 2019 | 47 mins

Series 7 Episode 4

Sloth Tina is putting on weight. Is she pregnant? Or just eating too much?

First shown: Tue 22 Jan 2019 | 47 mins

Series 7 Episode 3

Can adolescent orangutan Tuti prove that she's responsible enough to hold baby Kesuma?

First shown: Tue 15 Jan 2019 | 47 mins

Series 7 Episode 2

A pig goes on the run. And will mono-browed fish Noel Gallagher and Frida Kahlo mate?

First shown: Tue 8 Jan 2019 | 47 mins

Series 7 Episode 1

It's Christmas at Chester Zoo. The UK's first ever surviving sun bear cub is born.

First shown: Thu 20 Dec 2018 | 48 mins

The Secret Life of the Zoo at Christmas 2018

Tortoises Burt and Terrance compete for the affections of breeding female Smooth Sides

First shown: Wed 12 Dec 2018 | 48 mins

Series 6 Episode 7

Red panda Nima's new mate chases her up a tree. Plus baby meerkats, shy penguins and more.

First shown: Wed 5 Dec 2018 | 47 mins

Series 6 Episode 6

Bush dog Mana is pregnant. There's a power struggle on chimp island. Otter Wallace is ill.

First shown: Wed 28 Nov 2018 | 47 mins

Series 6 Episode 5

Young meerkats Beagle and Huskie become parents for the first time

First shown: Wed 21 Nov 2018 | 47 mins

Series 6 Episode 4

Young tapir Solo is moving to a new zoo. Pregnant rhino Asha goes into labour at night.

First shown: Wed 14 Nov 2018 | 48 mins

Series 6 Episode 3

Chimp Zee Zee gives birth to a daughter. Elderly chameleon Mr Parsons has a date.

First shown: Wed 7 Nov 2018 | 47 mins

Series 6 Episode 2

The keepers think that pregnant elephant Thi is three months overdue

First shown: Wed 31 Oct 2018 | 47 mins

Series 6 Episode 1

The keepers struggle to transport a suspicious warthog and a giraffe

First shown: Wed 23 May 2018 | 47 mins

Series 5 Episode 6

Spider monkey Kiara seems to want to hang out with friends rather than look after her baby

First shown: Wed 16 May 2018 | 47 mins

Series 5 Episode 5

Young orangutan Tripa relies on his mum for everything but now she's having a new baby...

First shown: Wed 9 May 2018 | 47 mins

Series 5 Episode 4

Giraffe Orla is due to give birth. Orangutan baby Tombol tests his luck with the gibbons.

First shown: Wed 2 May 2018 | 47 mins

Series 5 Episode 3

African painted dog K'mana is pregnant with Chester's first litter of this rare species

First shown: Wed 25 Apr 2018 | 47 mins

Series 5 Episode 2

Chameleons Charles and Eddie try to impress new arrival Ruby. Plus: orangutans, and more.

First shown: Wed 18 Apr 2018 | 47 mins

Series 5 Episode 1

Night-time special. Aardvark Koos gets romantic with his sister. Plus: seahorses and more.

First shown: Tue 23 Jan 2018 | 47 mins

Series 4 Episode 10

Sun bears Toni and Millie have relationship problems. Plus: baby rhinos and otter pups.

First shown: Tue 16 Jan 2018 | 47 mins

Series 4 Episode 9

The tapirs move to a new home. Plus: golden poison frogs, chimps and a baby porcupine.

First shown: Tue 9 Jan 2018 | 47 mins

Series 4 Episode 8

Sloth Tina has been giving her partner Rico a hard time. A chameleon goes speed-dating.

First shown: Tue 2 Jan 2018 | 47 mins

Series 4 Episode 7

The keepers make gifts for the animals. Plus: chimps, dwarf mongooses, rhinos and ants.

First shown: Wed 20 Dec 2017 | 47 mins

The Secret Life of the Zoo at Christmas 2017

Chester's male lemurs' peaceful life is turned upside down by a female arrival

First shown: Wed 13 Dec 2017 | 47 mins

Series 4 Episode 5

The chimps have been brandishing a large stick. Keeper Niall tries to get it back.

First shown: Wed 6 Dec 2017 | 47 mins

Series 4 Episode 4

Marmoset Audrey has to carry her babies everywhere. Plus: bears, elephants and hyraxes.

First shown: Wed 29 Nov 2017 | 47 mins

Series 4 Episode 3

Red panda Jung's losing weight and no one knows why. Plus: mandrills, tigers and penguins.

First shown: Wed 22 Nov 2017 | 47 mins

Series 4 Episode 2

Four rare and mysterious tenrecs arrive at the zoo. Rhino Kitani is due to give birth.

First shown: Wed 15 Nov 2017 | 47 mins

Series 4 Episode 1

Mr Parsons the chameleon meets a new mate, Daphne from Paris

First shown: Tue 11 Apr 2017 | 47 mins

Series 3 Episode 7

Rare okapi Stomp injures K'Tusha with his horn when he tries to mate with her

First shown: Tue 4 Apr 2017 | 48 mins

Series 3 Episode 6

Tapir Jenny, who has two young offspring, is ill. Widowed porcupine Roxy meets a new mate.

First shown: Tue 28 Mar 2017 | 47 mins

Series 3 Episode 5

An elephant calf is born at Chester. Bush dog Franco has got his sister-in-law pregnant.

First shown: Tue 21 Mar 2017 | 48 mins

Series 3 Episode 4

Cheetah mum Kinky Tail is on the operating table. Baby otter Bo goes missing.

First shown: Tue 14 Mar 2017 | 48 mins

Series 3 Episode 3

The penguin chicks face the ordeal of joining the main pool

First shown: Tue 7 Mar 2017 | 47 mins

Series 3 Episode 2

Can mantis Bruce survive mating with deadly Natasha? A rhino couple are reunited.

First shown: Tue 28 Feb 2017 | 47 mins

Series 3 Episode 1

Ten brave keepers have to catch reticulated python Bali for a health check

First shown: Thu 22 Dec 2016 | 47 mins

The Secret Life of the Zoo at Christmas 2016

Chester's dominant female meerkat faces a power struggle with her own daughter

First shown: Thu 15 Dec 2016 | 47 mins

Series 2 Episode 5

Oana the anoa and capybara Lochley both give birth. Two tigers are moving to other zoos.

First shown: Thu 8 Dec 2016 | 47 mins

Series 2 Episode 4

An outbreak of disease in the penguin colony leaves chick Munch fighting for his life

First shown: Thu 1 Dec 2016 | 47 mins

Series 2 Episode 3

Kendari the babirusa is pregnant, but two otters keep throwing stones at her house

First shown: Thu 24 Nov 2016 | 47 mins

Series 2 Episode 2

Lioness Kumari seems to be losing interest in her partner, Iblis

First shown: Thu 17 Nov 2016 | 47 mins

Series 2 Episode 1

There's a surprise orangutan birth. Plus: bats, macaques, jaguars and risky rhino mating.

First shown: Tue 8 Mar 2016 | 47 mins

Series 1 Episode 6

A chimp takes a moorhen hostage. Plus: a fussy French crocodile, turtle love and penguins.

First shown: Tue 1 Mar 2016 | 47 mins

Series 1 Episode 5

Will Chester's female zebras be interested in new stallion Mac?

First shown: Tue 23 Feb 2016 | 47 mins

Series 1 Episode 4

The giraffe family have a new arrival. The aardvarks wreak havoc by night.

First shown: Tue 16 Feb 2016 | 47 mins

Series 1 Episode 3

The tigers move house. A tarantula risks his life to mate. Orphan bears arrive at the zoo.

First shown: Tue 9 Feb 2016 | 47 mins

Series 1 Episode 2

Red panda Nima gives her partner Jung the cold shoulder. Elephant Thi is expecting a baby.

First shown: Tue 2 Feb 2016 | 47 mins

Series 1 Episode 1

Find out more about some of everyone's favourites, including Rud and Spike the penguins

First shown: Thu 28 Jan 2016 | 2 mins

Extra: The Stars of the Zoo

Can they live together in harmonious cohabitation? Watch them in action.

First shown: Thu 28 Jan 2016 | 2 mins

Extra: Meerkats vs Porcupines

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