This weekend was gloriously sunny and the chill wind had died down slightly making it the perfect day to visit our biggest local attraction, Chester Zoo. I’ve been going to the Zoo since I was born and so have the boys.
The boys love the freedom they have to run about and the fact that they can see all the unusual animals too. The Zoo Gardens are lovely perfect for two energetic toddlers and as we are members, we can go as often as we like for a yearly fee. Scatty Dad and I haven’t been nearly enough this year but the boys go a few times a month with my parents.
Last year the Zoo entrance was made over and as you can see, the boys wholly approve of the modifications.
As if the sprawling gardens aren’t enough, the Zoo has a number of play areas to explore. As regulars, we know a little-known play area which is usually much quieter than the larger areas so that’s where we headed and climbed to the top of the fort. It was no mean feat scaling the mesh ladders whilst helping Pooh Bear but I just about managed without injuring either of us.
I’ve heard some say that the Zoo is expensive to visit but when you consider that you can literally spend all day there and (if you have small children especially) you still won’t see all the exhibits, I think it is really good value. You can take your own food and eat in any of the outside spaces or in designated indoor picnic areas. There are a few other major attractions in our area where you pay the same price for an entrance ticket and will be back in the car on the way home before two hours is up! We also have no problem visiting the zoo at peak times as it’s such a large site, it never feel rammed despite being busy.
The Zoo seems to have had a bumper few months when it comes to births and the two baby elephants ‘Bala’ and ‘Hari’ Hi Way are a real crowd pleaser. Spud being the strange little man that he is absolutely LOVES the Bat Cave so we always have to go in there a few times. There’s no flash photography permitted so I tried out the ‘night mode’ on my phone but didn’t manage to catch a glimpse of any bats flying past. I think they were too quick as we could feel plenty flying by our faces through the tunnel.
I know that the idea of zoos aren’t for everyone which I completely understand. Chester Zoo is expanding all the time and strives to make it’s animals as happy and healthy as they can be. They are involved in a number of conservation campaigns both in the UK and abroad and hope to educate on why conservation of our animals in the wild is so important.
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