Chester Zoo is the largest zoo in Britain covering an area of 110 acres of landscaped gardens. The zoo is home to more than 7000 animals comprising of over 400 different species. With a strong sense of conservation around half of the zoo’s species are threatened with extinction.
The gardens at Chester Zoo have been created to represent the natural habitat of many of the animals. For example there is the Komodo Dragon enclosure which is planted with lush tropical vegetation and the Andes Garden, presenting a range of plants from the mountains of the Andes.
There are many special displays at Chester Zoo which educate the visitor in a fun way. The Twilight Zone Bat Cave is one of these. Visitors need to stand still for five minutes to realise that bats are flying all around. Another specially built display attempts to recreate two different habitats of the South American Jaguar, the tropical rain forest and the savannah.
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For those with an interest in the primates the Realm of the Red Ape is an Indonesian forest themed exhibit which gives visitors the chance to experience the world of the forest canopy and the diversity of its inhabitants. In particular the exhibit houses the Zoo's threatened Sumatran and Bornean Orang Utans.
For eating and drinking the zoo has a wide choice of formal and informal eating places. There are also kiosks offering snacks at different locations throughout the site. For those who wish to bring their own food there is a picnic area.
The whole zoo and gardens is fully accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs. For a small extra charge wheelchairs and pushchairs can be hired.
Children can have their faces painted and can also try their hand at pottery painting. To help children find out more about the animals there is a regular programme of talks given by the keepers. If the children become a little bored by all of this there are safe play areas where they can let off steam.
The zoo has a well stocked gift shop with souvenirs to remind visitors of the exhibits they have seen.
Chester Zoo is near to the city of Chester and it is possible to combine the two venues in a long day out. Chester is a historic city with many attractions including the city walls and cathedral.
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