Visitors caught monkeying around on a trip to Chester Zoo are warned they could feature in the second series of Channel 4’s The Secret Life of the Zoo.
The first series was filmed over 10 months offering a behind-the-scenes look at some of the zoo’s 20,000 animals and their relationship with the 86 keepers.
It proved so popular that film crews are back to capture more magical moments such as when baby elephant Nandita rolled around in the mud as keepers hosed her down during last week’s heatwave.
But human behaviour could also feature in the programme if visitors happen to be in shot when the camera is rolling.
That’s why Chester Zoo has posted warning notices so anyone who doesn’t want their 15 minutes of fame (more likely five seconds) can opt out by making themselves known to the production team.
Described as an animal version of Big Brother, The Secret Life of the Zoo focuses on the personalities of the chimps, meerkats, red pandas, elephants but also of the keepers themselves.
Highlights of the first series included the birth of baby Nandita, who at the time was compared to ‘a naughty toddler’, with viewers given an insight into the rivalry exhibited by two-year-old Hari and the awkward reaction of Nandita’s father on their first meeting.
Sadly, viewers later experienced the death of Hari – just six weeks after female calf Bala had also passed away – leaving staff at the zoo devastated. Both animals tested positive for endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV), a fast-moving virus which affects both wild and captive elephants between the ages of two and five years old.
But there were lighter moments during the series narrated by Olivia Colman, such as when alpha male chimp Dylan faced down Eric the chimp, the would-be pretender to the role of leader.