Zoo Days

zoo days (6/18)
18.30–19.00

This observational documentary series follows the daily drama of life at Britain’s biggest zoo. Chester Zoo is home to 7,000 animals from 400 species, and is visited by more than a million people each year. With so many animals, ranging from ants to elephants, something is born in the zoo almost every day. Vets at Chester’s state-of-the-art animal hospital do not think twice about treating a 22 footlong reticulated python with pneumonia, or helping an Asiatic lion prepare for the birth of her cubs.

The stories featured in the series range from that of the flamingo who patiently sits on her precious egg until the nest is almost washed away by the summer floods, to the potentially dangerous introduction of a male elephant to a female who is unwilling to accept his amorous advances. Other storylines will continue throughout the series, following characters like Rafters, the allergystricken giraffe who was hand-reared from birth.

Zoo Days also gets up close and personal with the keepers –who sometimes admit to knowing more about the animals in their care than members of their own family! In today’s programme, the head keeper of Chester Zoo’s Asian elephants, Mick Jones, turns matchmaker. He has the unenviable job of introducing female elephant Birma to Upali, the bull elephant – with dangerous consequences…

Tuesday’s instalment sees Chas Mackenzie forced to intervene to prevent a case of bullying among Chester Zoo’s antelopes. Elsewhere, keepers visit the new £3.5 million Realm of the Red Ape to meet the orangutans.

On Wednesday, Layla the chimp gives the vets the fright of their lives when a medical procedure turns out to be anything but routine. And Raman, the baby elephant, goes to nursery school.

Thursday’s edition finds the keepers declare trench warfare as they take on a colony of meerkats in an earth-moving contest. And it is feeding time for some real-life Paddington bears.

And Friday’s programme provides a peek behind the scenes to see the military-style operation required every day to feed Chester Zoo’s 7,000 exotic animals. And Sheba, the 51-year-old elephant, enjoys some TLC.

zoo days (1/20)
18.30–19.00

This brand new observational documentary series follows the daily drama of life at Britain’s biggest zoo. Chester Zoo is home to 7,000 animals from 400 species, and is visited by more than a million visitors every year. With so many animals, ranging from ants to elephants, something is born in the zoo almost every day. Vets at Chester’s state-ofthe-art animal hospital do not think twice about treating a 22 foot-long reticulated python with pneumonia, or helping an Asiatic lion prepare for the birth of her cubs.

The stories featured in the series range from that of the flamingo who patiently sits on her precious egg until the nest is almost washed away by the summer floods, to the potentially dangerous introduction of a male elephant to a female who is unwilling to accept his amorous advances. Other storylines will continue throughout the series, following characters like Rafters, the allergystricken giraffe who was hand-reared from birth.

Zoo Days also gets up close and personal with the keepers –who sometimes admit to knowing more about the animals in their care than members of their own family!

In today’s series opener, two black rhinos –Rosie and Quinto –lock horns in a frightening lovers’ tiff. When such heavyweights take a dislike to each other, Chester Zoo’s brave keepers must intervene.

Tuesday’s instalment sees Rafters the giraffe hit by a life-threatening illness, which worries the keepers. In the reptile house, meanwhile, the vets get to grips with one of the world’s largest snakes.

On Wednesday, the torrential summer rain threatens to wipe out Chester Zoo’s baby flamingos. Keepers must act fast to avert disaster as parent birds squabble over the remains of their flooded nest sites.

Thursday’s edition finds senior keeper Darren Langford playing mum to a baby bird as the battle to save Chester Zoo’s flood-hit flamingo colony continues. Elsewhere, Asha the pregnant lioness keeps everybody guessing as to when her litter might be arriving.

And on Friday, there is cause for celebration at the zoo as two cubs are born to a pair of beautiful but endangered red pandas.

zoo days

Britain’s biggest zoo has opened its doors – for a brand new series on Five.

Chester Zoo has 7,000 animals, over 400 species, and more than a million visitors every year. With so many animals, ranging from ants to elephants, something is born in the zoo almost every day. Vets at Chester’s state-of-the-art animal hospital do not think twice about treating a 22 footlong reticulated python with pneumonia, or helping an Asiatic lion prepare for the birth of her cubs.

This observational documentary series follows the zoo’s daily dramas as they unfold. Stories range from that of the flamingo who patiently sits on her precious egg until the nest is almost washed away by the summer floods, to the potentially dangerous introduction of a male elephant to a female who is unwilling to accept his amorous advances. Other storylines will continue throughout the series, following characters like Rafters, the allergy-stricken giraffe. He has an incredible bond with his keeper, who hand-reared him from birth.

Zoo Days will get up close and personal with the keepers –who sometimes admit to knowing more about the animals in their care than members of their own family!

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