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Member Name: angelraver
Advantages: friendly staff, fab animals, toilets, cafe
Disadvantages: not all animals came out, no Toucans!! admission quite expensive
Last weekend, me and a friend were struggling with ideas as to what to do, apart from the usuall shopping trip and blowing all my wages in Primark. So, as an alternative I thought visiting Chester Zoo might be a good option. I hadnt visited the zoo since I was about 6 (20 years ago!), and being in Liverpool we were about an hours drive away on a good day. So off we hopped in the car, butties packed, ready to see the zoo's delights!
We arrive around 10.30 and the zoo was already filling up niceley, mainly there was a lot of families with small children, plus it was a saturday so it being busy was expected. There is good parking space available, and a park and ride sectin where you can park your car and take the bus directly to the zoo. Admission for an adult was £12.50 and there is a concession rate for students and o.a.ps. I think it is a wee bit expensive, especially if your with children, but once inside I knew my fee was worth every penny.
Once inside, there is a gift shop, toilets, large canteen-style cafe, all done in a wooden amazonian effect decor to give the feel your in the middle of the Sahara or Rainforest! Signs are dotted all over the zoo to guide you to each section, it is a rather large place, larger then what I remembered when I first came!
First stop was the Rhinoceros house where a zoo member of staff was giving a group talk about the animal and taking questions from the public, then passing around a piece of Rhinoceros tusk. I thought this was very informative and a good chance to ask the experts. Its clear that the staff at chester zoo are commited to the welfare of these beautiful animals, It is actually quite sad and shocking that a lot of them are close to etiniction in the wild, the staff at chester zoo ensure a breeding programme and a percentage of the admission money goes towards this. I am proud to help such an important cause.
Being a rather cold and damp February day, a lot of the animals didnt seem to want to come out of their enclosures (cant blame them really!) which was a bit disapointing. The Chimpanzee house was by FAR the most entertaining part for me, I found myself wondering in their at around 1pm, not to come out until 3pm, amused by their acrobatic abilities and quite scary similarities to humans.
Another section in zoo i'd thought i'd mention is the 'twilight zone'. This is a darkened cave, quite humid in temperature, so if your at all claustrophobic you might want to avoid it, nethertheless, Im quite claustrophobic but found it ok. The cave is huge and filled with different species of Bats, that can fly quite close past you! The cave is manned by a member of staff who was very informative. You must be fairly quiet whilst entering as not to disturb the bats too much. I actually found it quite cool to have bats flying around me!
The zoo closes at 4.30, you'd think by arriving there at 10.30 it would be plenty of time, you'd be wrong! By closing time we still hadn't seen everything! I would advise anyone going to get there on opening time which is around 9-9.30 to get the most out of your visit.
I would DEFINETLY visit this zoo again and reccomend it to anyone with a love of wildlife. O.K, i didnt get too see a Toucan (which i was hoping for) It is truly amazing to see these animals in the flesh, we must preserve these amazing creatures before they disapear from our planet forever.
Summary: a great day out for people of all ages
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