An­i­mal Park

Kate Hum­ble on her joy at be­ing sur­rounded by amorous pen­guins, mis­chievous mon­keys and a gi­gan­tic spi­der at Lon­gleat Sa­fari Park

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NEW I’ve loved Lon­gleat since I first vis­ited it dur­ing a hol­i­day as an eight-yearold, so I’m ex­cited to see Kate Hum­ble and Ben Fogle are back with five sum­mer spe­cials from the park. Kate meets big cat keeper Amy and gives us the low­down on the all the drama, in­clud­ing a love tri­an­gle on Pen­guin Is­land, and a house-move for a bam­boo spi­der.

Over the past few months, Kate Hum­ble has been to the Arc­tic Cir­cle and Yel­low­stone Na­tional Park in the US to front wildlife shows. But this week she’s back on fa­mil­iar ground, re­turn­ing to Lon­gleat Sa­fari Park with Ben Fogle to co-present the 12th se­ries of BBC1’S An­i­mal Park.

‘Lon­gleat’s like my se­cond home to me, but with­out hav­ing to do the clean­ing!’ laughs Kate, 48. ‘Many of the keep­ers have worked at Lon­gleat for as long as we’ve been do­ing the se­ries, which is nearly 20 years, so Ben and I feel like we are part of an ex­tended fam­ily, al­beit one with lots of an­i­mals.’

The pair are back, along with Jean Jo­hans­son, for 10 ac­tion­packed sum­mer spe­cials. It’s the busiest pe­riod of the year for the park and it is also a hec­tic time for the An­i­mal Park team.

‘We have more day­light, so we can film for longer,’ says Kate, ‘start­ing at

8.00am and fin­ish­ing at 6.00pm. The grounds at

Lon­gleat House are stun­ning in sum­mer.’

Here, Kate tells us what we can look for­ward to see­ing in the new se­ries…

There is an amaz­ing pen­guin ro­mance

Kate Hum­ble

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