Zoo animals set to star in new show

Cameras filming zoo staff scanning sealions for new Channel 5 show Animal Maternity. Pictures courtesy of Blackpool Zoo

Cameras filming zoo staff scanning sealions for new Channel 5 show Animal Maternity. Pictures courtesy of Blackpool Zoo

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The animals of Blackpool Zoo are set to star in a brand new TV series due to air on 
Channel 5 later this month.

The new show, Animal Maternity, looks at pregnancy in the animal kingdom.

The camera crew spent several weeks following a number of animals as they prepared to give birth.

They were keen to explore some of the more creative ways the staff use to assess the animals.

In one case, keepers were analysing animal droppings for pregnancy indicators and used glitter in the food to help them identify which animal’s faeces they were inspecting.

Jude Rothwell, PR and marketing coordinator at the zoo, said: “They were looking for more unusual things.

“Some of the stories behind it are quite interesting.”

The series will focus on a wide range of animals from all over the UK.

Ms Rothwell said: “It tracks not just zoo animals, following the process through, up to and including birth.”

The cameras followed a number of the zoo’s animals at various stages of pregnancy.

The zoo’s gorillas got plenty of attention, with Moanda and mum Njema providing plenty of entertainment.

The cameras also saw staff scanning the sealions as they looked for signs they might be expecting.

But one of the highlights, Ms Rothwell said, was following the zoo’s bird keepers and getting to see the young 
flamingoes and penguins.

But she said many people might not realise just how much work goes into ensuring the zoo’s newest additions stay fit and healthy.

She said it was fantastic the production company had chosen Blackpool Zoo for the show.

She added: “Obviously, for us, it’s valuable coverage.

“It’s great for us to be able to show off our animals to the wider public.”

But she said the zoo has not been given a sneak preview of the series so she doesn’t know how much of the footage will be used.

She said everyone at the zoo will be keen to watch the programme and see their animals as they make a well-deserved TV appearance.

n The first episode of the new series is due to air on Wednesday, September 18, on Channel 5, at 8pm.