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ITV to go behind the scenes of locked down London and Whipsnade Zoos in exclusive new documentary.

ITV will broadcast a fascinating all-access documentary later this year, giving viewers a glimpse behind the scenes at locked-down ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Currently being filmed on location in London and Bedfordshire, the two-parter – which has the current working title ‘London Zoo: An Extraordinary Year ‘- will give viewers an unprecedented look at life at the iconic charity’s two zoos during the historic lockdown – following the resilient teams of zookeepers as they continue to care for the 20,000 animals who call the zoos home.  

Conservation charity ZSL granted exclusive access to award-winning production company October Films within days of lockdown being enforced and they have since followed the  zoos’ teams as they face the daily challenges of zoo life with the added pressures of being closed to the public.

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ZSL’s Managing Director of Zoos and Engagement Rich Storton, said: “We hope that this unique journey behind the scenes at London and Whipsnade during these challenging times will give the public a real insight into the vital importance of ZSL’s work – and how much we need their support to continue working for wildlife.

“This new documentary will explore the most recent chapter in ZSL’s rich history of overcoming adversity: during its 192-year history, ZSL has survived two world wars and grown from the world’s first scientific zoo into a world-leading international conservation charity - with our doors now closed to the public for the first time, and for the longest duration, since WW2, the coronavirus pandemic has presented our dedicated team with a previously unimaginable set of challenges.

“We’re so immensely proud of our zookeepers, vets and grounds staff, who have kept calm and carried on caring for our animals, many of which are critically endangered and threatened in the wild: we look forward to sharing this era-defining period with ITV viewers later in the year.”

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