Animal Park 2022: season 17 release date on BBC One

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The BBC documentary series Animal Park returns for a new season with presenters Ben Fogle and Kate Humble

Animal Park is a nature program that explores how Longleat Safari Park works.

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Since 2000, the BBC has been documenting how the park is run and following the lives of the animals that live there.

The series highlights the park’s conservation efforts as well as the research conducted there.

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Kate Humble and Ben Fogle at the Animal Park

What is “animal park” about?

Animal Park is a documentary series following the lives of keepers and animals at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire.

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Opened in 1966, the park was the world’s first drive-through safari park outside of Africa and attracts more than 900,000 visitors annually.

Animal Park first came to Longleat in 2000 and was hosted by Kate Humble and Paul Heiney before Ben Fogle replaced Heiney after the first season.

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The series provides a glimpse of day-to-day operations at the park, and some animals are common throughout the series.

The show also follows the preservation of Longleat House, a large 16th-century estate on the Longleat estate.

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Season 17 will feature the first baby southern koala in Europe, colobus monkeys, wolves, lions, two-toed sloths and many more interesting animals.

The presenters will also be joined by staff from across the Longleat estate who will speak about the park’s heritage.

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Wolves at Longleat Safari Park

Who are the hosts?

Animal Park’s main presenters are Ben Fogle and Kate Humble – both have worked on the show for more than 20 years.

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Kate is known for her nature programs including Coastal Britain, Escape to the Farm and Curious Creatures.

She has also appeared on Countdown in Dictionary Corner and has been a celebrity guest on House of Games, The Wheel and Pointless Celebrities.

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Ben is an adventurer and presenter known for programs such as New Lives in the Wild, Inside Chernobyl, and Return to the Wild.

He has guest starred on Celebrity Juice, Lip Sync Battle UK, Would I Lie to You? and A Matter of Sport.

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Cinematographer Hamza Yassin, who also worked on Countryfile, captures the beauty of life in the park and sometimes appears on camera himself.

Who is Megan McCubbin?

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Megan McCubbin will co-host Kate and Ben in the new season of Animal Park.

McCubbin, Chris Packham’s stepdaughter, is a zoologist and conservationist. She appeared in an episode of the documentary series Undercover Tourist investigating the bear bile industry.

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Megan McCubbin on Animal Park

McCubbin also uncovered the sale of protected sharks in Planet Defenders and has also appeared in Springwatch and Chris and Meg’s Wild Summer.

McCubbin also appeared on the game shows The Hit List and Pointless Celebrities alongside Packham.

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When is Animal Park on TV?

Season 17 of Animal Park airs Tuesday 9 August at 9.15am on BBC One. There are 15 episodes in the season and they are released at the same time on weekdays.

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Shortly after they first aired, the episodes will also be available to watch on BBC iPlayer, along with previous episodes of the show.

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