Monday 24 - Wednesday 26 November

The documentary series following daily life at Britain’s biggest zoo continues. Chester Zoo is home to 7,000 animals from 400 species and is visited by more than a million people each year.

The zoo has some of the most experienced keepers in the business, working alongside a full-time veterinary team with a fully equipped animal hospital on-site.

With so many animals in residence, it comes as no surprise that a new baby is born at the zoo nearly every day. Keepers and their young charges often develop close bonds, as is the case with Rafters, a giraffe who has been hand-reared since birth. It is all in a day’s work for the vets and nurses based at the zoo’s Animal Health Centre –who sometimes admit to knowing more about the animals in their care than members of their own family. The series is narrated by actress Sarah Lancashire.

On Monday , the zoo’s eye surgeon prepares for a pioneering operation on Strolch the bespectacled bear. The stakes are high because without the risky surgery, Strolch could lose his sight. Meanwhile, baby giraffe Margaret confounds her keepers.

In Tuesday’s instalment, Strolch goes under the knife. Jaguar couple Salvador and Sofia are reunited after some time apart. Elsewhere, a spider monkey arrives from France to work his Gallic charm on the girls.

And on Wednesday , there is exciting news when Kitani the black rhino is found to be pregnant. Meanwhile, head keeper Mike Crumpler has to be careful when dealing with three baby stingrays. And some cheeky chimpanzees give a display of bad manners when squabbling over a treat.

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  • Lindsay Morrison

    I well remember when Mick (as he was called then) Crumpler allowed me to take Axolotls from the zoo to my school so that I could show my class how ‘cool’ I was, it was over 40 years ago and of course I had to ‘smuggle’ them out of the zoo under my school jumper to avoid detection …

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