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Animal Park will welcome Megan McCubbin (Springwatch, Chris And Meg’s Wild Summer) to the presenting team, bringing her zoology knowledge and passion for all things wild.

The team is back at Longleat Safari Park for a new series this summer, with presenters Ben Fogle and Kate Humble as well as wildlife photographer Hamza Yassin.

The series, which is produced by Remarkable Factual (a Banijay UK company), will be packed full of heartwarming and dramatic stories from the safari park in Wiltshire, including documenting the phenomenal and unique journey of Europe’s only Southern Koala breeding programme, and welcoming new residents to the park.

Across the series, Megan will share her knowledge and experience with the viewers, providing insights and explanations into animal behaviour and rituals.

She will also be helping keepers in the park with various animal health and welfare tasks, with highlights including supporting the keepers during a health check on a python, encouraging Amur tigers to spend more time in the water, assisting with a camel’s dental check, helping chickens to get more active, as well as stimulating meerkat senses with a smell test.

Megan says: "I am so excited to be joining the Animal Park team. I remember watching the show as a child, so it's very special to be a part of the programme, helping to enthuse and excite about some of the most remarkable species we share our planet with!

“I have loved getting to know the residents of the park, learning about their characters and their behaviour. They truly are wonderful ambassadors for their wild cousins."

Lindsay Bradbury, Acting Head of Daytime and Early-Peak Commissioning, comments: “Megan is a vibrant young woman with a breadth of experience and knowledge on the animal kingdom, she brings her warmth and enthusiasm for conservation to the programme and we are very happy to have her on board.”

Animal Park returns to BBC One on 9 August at 9.15am. You can also watch the series on BBC iPlayer.


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