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10 19/10/2018

The Secret Life of the Zoo is back! BAFTA-nominated show returns to Channel 4

BAFTA-nominated The Secret Life of the Zoo is back, with more cameras in parts of the zoo that visitors never see, revealing the private lives of animals as never before.

The new series is narrated for the first time by Tamsin Greig, acclaimed British stage and TV actress.

Series six offers viewers another compelling insight into our natural world - from an intriguing soap opera revealing the social behaviour of rare Western chimpanzees, to incredible macro filming that takes viewers into the world of the dead leaf mantis.

In this first episode, 37-year-old female Asian elephant and head of the herd, Thi, is pregnant with her ninth baby. Elephant pregnancies usually last an epic 22 months but keepers believe Thi could now be up to three months overdue! The risks for Thi and her unborn calf are growing by the day.

Male clownfish, Polo, is injured while fighting with the other males for the attentions of dominant female, Rosie.  But clownfish have the amazing ability to change sex, and Polo’s recovery time away from the rest of the group leads to unexpected consequences.

A young giant anteater, Oso, arrives at the zoo as a new partner for widowed older female Bliss.  But anteater first dates are far from straightforward.

And rampant male Rothschild’s giraffe, Meru, is causing a stir in the zoo’s endangered giraffe herd – with his relentless chasing of the females.


Series Producer: Pip Banyard

Executive Producers: Alex Sutherland, Tanya Winston, Alistair Pegg, Edmund Coulthard

A Blast! Films production for Channel 4

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