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The Zoo is a few miles outside the centre of Chester, but you can catch a bus from the centre of town quite easily. It is a huge place, and a visit can easily take up a whole day. The zoo has an excellent reputation in conservation, and it is possible to see some of the rarest species in the world here. It also has some novel ways of showing its creatures - don't miss the bat cave, where you enter a twilight world with fruit bats flying around just above your head! Pictured here is a prarie dog - you can view them by crawling through a tunnel and popping up into a plastic bubble so that you're almost face to face with them! It can be difficult to spot some of the animals - the wolf enclosure appeared to be empty when we visited (I wonder if we should have been worried about this?)
The zoo is open from 10am, the last admission time and closing time vary throughout the year. There are plenty of cafes around the zoo, although it is also a nice place to bring a picnic. 2004 prices are 12 GBP per adult, 9.50GBP per child (39.50 per family ticket, covering 2 adults and 2 children). If you want to travel on the monorail or the waterbus, it will cost you extra, so in all it can be a quite expensive day out.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Chester Visitor Centre in the centre of town. You can get a discount of 1.50GBP on each ticket if you do this.
The Zoo was founded by George Mottershead who wanted a zoo 'without bars'. Today it's the largest zoo in the UK and it supports conservation worldwide. More animal pics in my Travelogue
Chester Zoo is a Zoo park/ Zoological garden centre which was originally opened in 1931. I have been to a few different Zoos in England and Chester Zoo is by far my favourite. It is home to many different species of animals Elephants, Tigers, Lions, Giraffes, Reptiles, Monkeys and the list goes on. One of my favourite places is the bat cave which you can walk through, you can't always see the bats as it is very dark but you can feel them fly past your head.
Chester Zoo is very scenic and there are lots of picnic areas dotted around and lots of gift shops and snack bars. Upon entering the Zoo you are given an information sheet which details what the feeding times are so you can go along and watch the animals being fed and learn a little bit more about the species. It is a perfect day out if it is a hot day.
The Zoo has a monorail and also a boat ride. The Boat ride has an extra charge of about £2 or £3.00.
The Zoo is usually open every day apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day. It is usually open on the other bank holidays. There is a large car park where you can park for free and it is right next to the entrance which is very convenient. The Zoo has very good accessibility for the disabled.
The entrance prices can differ depending on which season you are visiting in. It is cheaper during the winter months and more expensive in the summer. The prices are available on line and the option to book them online is also available. There are 2 types of tickets that are available, you can purchase the standard ticket or you can buy a ticket with a donation, you don't get anything extra on the donation, the extra money goes towards the upkeep of the Zoo.
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What a great experience!
Many people are less than happy about animals being kept in captivity; however I have to say that this was a wonderful experience as the Zoo is part of a significant breeding programme for may of the endangered species the give a home too.
There is a buzz of activity, and many of the visitors came to see the baby Asian Elephant born in late 2010. It was wonderful to see how all the elephants projected the calf even another young elephant only marginally older than the new addition to the herd.
There is a huge amount to see, and I would recommend that you spend the day here - and if you cannot afford that amount of time, 4 hours will give you enough of a feel and sense of the work of the Zoo and its staff.
There is a monorail and a water bus - this will offer different view of the Zoo.
My visit was a Friday afternoon in late January and it was fairly cold, but very bright. Other than the cheetah enclosure the weather made all the enclosures look just how they should be.
I did not see all the animals nor enclosures, so I will have to make a future and return visit.
Opened in 1931 by'George Mottershead' Chester Zoo is one of Britain's largest Zoological parks with an area of more than 111 acres.It is the most visited Wildlife attraction in Great Britain with an average of 1.3 million visitors a year.It has been described as one of the best fifteen Zoo's in the World.One of the Zoo's main reason for popularity is the way the Animals are housed in as near to their natural homes as possible,there are over 9000 Animals of some 422 species at the moment covering all areas of the Animal Kingdom from Mammals to Birds and Reptiles to Insects.Some of the most popular newest Exhibits are the new Asian Elephant Enclosure,The spirit of the Jaguar and the Realm of the Red Ape,and only last year a new Cheetah enclosure was built.
opening times:10am till 5pm every day except Christmas and Boxing Day.
prices:Adult-£16.30,Child(less than 15)-£12.60,Family(2 Adults,2 Children)-£53.00
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