The world renowned Chester Zoo is home to over 27,000 endangered and exotic animals, from around 500 different species. Based in beautiful, award-winning zoological gardens spread over around 125 acres of space, visitors are guaranteed to have great day out full of adventure – discovering and learning more about the incredible animals and the zoo’s contribution to global conservation projects.
Conservation and education are really at the heart of the whole Chester Zoo project. As well as providing a fantastic day out for visitors, the zoo staff are committed to providing the highest standards of care for their animals. They regularly contribute to projects that help protect native and international wildlife.
The team of expert staff and volunteers at Chester Zoo work hard to help prevent extinction, through engaging with breeding programmes held across other zoos and are passionate about encouraging visitors to discover more about the changing face of the natural world.
Chester Zoo has a variety of tours and hands-on experiences, as well as daily animal talks to guarantee a day full of animal adventure. At 125 acres, Chester is a huge zoo, but there are plenty of options for getting around including the Zoofari Monorail and the Lazy River Boat Trip on Islands.
If you are thinking of visiting this magical place, but haven’t yet booked a ticket, why not sign up via the website today, and listen to the roar of Lions and Tigers, marvel at intelligent elephants, and gaze at the captivating monkeys so gracefully swinging from tree to tree. The Fruit Bat Forest lets you encounter the darkness with free-flying bats, although visitors are encouraged to check their hair for passengers on the way out!
For people who may prefer a more relaxing animal encounter, the beautiful sights offered inside the Butterfly House allow you to experience a whole variety of free-flying butterflies and moths.
Located in the suburb and former village of Upton-by-Chester, in Cheshire, Chester Zoo was opened in 1931 by George Mottershead and his family, who used some animals reportedly from an earlier zoo in Shavington to start their collection. Chester Zoo really is a perfect day out for the entire family, there is something that suits every age.
As one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK outside of London, Chester Zoo has provided the perfect backdrop for a number of television programmes over the years. In 2007 ITV’s Granada filmed the first series of Zoo Days at Chester, although it was sold to Channel 5 before broadcast.
In 2014, Chester featured on the BBC drama Out Zoo, and in 2016 Channel 4 showed the six-part documentary ‘The Secret Life Of The Zoo’, a series that has proven so popular that it has run for 10 series across 69 episodes, all filmed onsite at Chester.