Millions to see behind-the-scenes at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

The staff and animals at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire will be starring in the fourth series of ITV’s prime time documentary ‘The Zoo’, starting on Sunday 10 August.

Since 2010, programme-makers have been given unique behind-the-scenes access at the Zoo, filming the keepers through the ups and downs that go along with caring for nearly 3,000 animals at the 600-acre site near Dunstable.

The second of the three episodes follows elephant keepers as they anxiously await the birth of a new baby elephant. Other episodes feature a new keeper starting to look after Whipsnade’s feisty group of chimpanzees and a keeper who has the challenge of watching over a pair of mating rhinos.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s general manager, Owen Craft, said: “The camera crew has been filming all the highs and lows at the Zoo, and that variety is what makes it such an amazing place to work.

“Our dedicated team of keepers, vets and scientists give viewers an insight into what it takes to care for the animals, as well as the vital conservation work being done by the Zoological Society of London.”

The first episode will air on ITV1 on Sunday 10 August at 8pm, with two more programmes on the following Sundays.

Watch the trailer for The Zoo

 

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