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Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is a zoological garden at Upton-by-Chester, in Cheshire, England. It was opened in 1931 by George Mottershead and his family, who used as a basis some animals reported to have come from an earlier zoo in Shavington.


Summer holidays in Chester and Ellesmere Port: A guide of things to do

A helpful list of events in and around the city to keep the kids busy during the school holidays

Helping Chester Zoo animals keep their cool

Keepers hose down the elephants and feed 'ice lollies' to the chimps as temperatures soar

WATCH: First endangered tapir born at Chester Zoo makes adorable debut

Fewer than 2,500 Malayan tapirs are now thought to exist in the forests and rainforests of their native South East Asia

The essential A-Z of Chester Zoo

A whistle-stop tour through the alphabet in honour of Chester's favourite attraction

Female wildcat Einich at Chester Zoo with the kitten which was born at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo carnivore experts breed Britain’s rarest mammal

The Scottish wildcat is among the most at-risk species in the world, according to conservationists

Cheshire libraries gear up for Big Friendly Read this summer

Children encouraged to take up summer reading challenge

Elephant-themed artwork wanted for Chester exhibition

Never Forget exhibition is in memory of Chester Zoo elephants

Watch adorable fluffy flamingo chicks at Chester Zoo testing out their legs

It will be six months before the youngsters' pink feathers start to show

Chester dinosaurs 'are not real', organisers reassure public

Phew... what a relief! Heritage firm forced to clarify extinct status of 'dinosaurs' set to invade the city

Chester city centre braced for a 'dinosaur' invasion

Chester Zoo’s dinosaurs heading for the high street as part of citywide trail

Chester Zoo's Monsoon Forest reopens following orangutan escape

The four primates were safely ushered back into their enclosure by zoo keepers

CWaC council leader Sam Dixon, Chester Zoo chief executive Jamie Christon and VisitBritain/VisitEngland chief executive Sally Balcombe at Chester Zoo

Cheshire earns praise during visit by national tourism chief

VisitBritain/VisitEngland chief executive Sally Balcombe says county has enormous potential

Four orangutans escape from Chester Zoo enclosure

The Duke of Westminster was visiting the zoo at the time of the incident

The new temporary road in Chester city centre that traffic will use while Frodsham Street is closed

Chester to get improved park and ride service across city

Changes coincide with creation of new gateway to city in Frodsham Street

9 things you can now do in Chester that you couldn't last year

What a difference a year makes...

Chester Zoo strikes gold at awards ceremony

Upton zoo recognised for conservation research and PR & Marketing

A-Z of Chester's links with the small and silver screens

A look at how the city and the surrounding area has cropped up on the gogglebox time and again

Incredibly rare calf born at Chester Zoo

The new arrival has yet to be sexed or named


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