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Episode 2

There is a festive soap opera love triangle in the park: will new cheetah Rachel split up a happy mating pair?

For a safari park, a young female cheetah is pretty much at the top of your Christmas list. Rachel has come to the park as part of its successful cheetah breeding programme, but new arrivals don’t come without their challenges. Now the keepers have a festive love triangle on their hands to rival every Christmas Day soap opera storyline. Carl, the male, is already in a mating pair with another female. Will Rachel lure him away to start a new family, or will he stay with his long term love, Wilma?

It will be a much simpler Christmas for Anne the elephant, who will be pulling her very own cracker. And in the run-up to the festive season, the annual fireworks displays at Longleat House are some of the biggest events of the year, with thousands of people arriving to watch the seasonal spectacles. With so many bangs and explosions, Jean Johansson is with the keepers as they ensure their animals aren’t affected by the loud noises and explosions.

43 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:07

    Frank Sinatra

    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

  • 00:14

    The Royal Artillery Band

    Sleigh Ride

  • 00:36

    Michael Bublé

    Have A Holly Jolly Christmas

  • 00:42

    The Crystals

    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Remastered)


Role Contributor
Presenter Kate Humble
Presenter Ben Fogle
Presenter Jean Johansson
Series Producer Alastair Bazeley-Bell
Executive Producer Joff Wilson
Production Company Remarkable Television