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Producer: October Films, Circle Circle

Genres: Factual

2 x 60 mins

London Zoo: An Extraordinary Year has been given exclusive access inside ZSL London Zoo and its sister zoo Whipsnade during lockdown, as its staff and keepers care for more than 500 species - from giraffes and tigers, to monkeys and meerkats.

The series provides a unique view of the Zoo, part of international conservation charity ZSL, from the perspective of its close-knit team of keepers and vets as they continue to care for the 20,000 animals in London’s Regent’s Park and atop the Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire. London Zoo: An Extraordinary Year reveals how human and animal inhabitants alike have had to adapt to the eerily silent surroundings - from pygmy goats and Jimmy the gibbon missing the attention of zoo visitors, or vets devising whole new plans for scanning a pregnant Okapi whilst social distancing. Each episode of London Zoo: An Extraordinary Year shows how ZSL’s long serving zookeepers and animals are adapting as never before. In the Zoo’s 192-year rich history it only ever closed for two weeks during the Blitz and the series will lightly dip into some of the Zoo’s fantastic archive. As ZSL’s keepers work tirelessly to care for their animal family in the midst of a pandemic, the Zoo’s present-day role as a scientific conservation charity - now needed more than ever – is increasingly apparent.

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