Chester Zoo has revealed amazing new details of its £30m Islands exhibit, which is set to open this summer.
The Islands exhibit, opening in June 2015, will recreate six South East Asian island habitats. Zoo bosses say it will offer visitors "a new and different view" of wonderful and endangered species.
Islands - what's it all about?
Islands is one of the biggest zoo developments ever to be undertaken in Europe, and has been in the works since 2010. Work began in August 2013.
The zoo says entry to Islands will be included as part of the normal admission price.
So what is there to see?
Visitors will walk through the islands on specially-themed footbridges and each island will be in keeping with the diversity of wildlife and culture from that part of the world.
You will be able to walk through exotic places such as the Philippines, Papua, bali, Sumatra, Sumba and Sulawesi. There will be a sub-tropical indoor rainforest, a sumba village and also a Lazy River boat trip which will take you on a journey around the islands.
How big is it?
Costing £30m and taking up the size of seven full-size football pitches, Islands will significantly add to the attractions at Chester Zoo .
What will it look like?
Check out this amazing video from the zoo:
Work started on the £30m development on 12/08/2013
In numbers: Islands at Chester Zoo
- Islands will expand the zoo’s footprint by over 14 acres (seven football pitches)
- 45 additional full time equivalent jobs will be created
- A further 31 indirect jobs within the local area will also be created
- Islands is expected to bring an extra 150,000 visitors to the local area per year
- A £3.3million increase in spend in the local and regional economy
- 30,000 people taking part in workshop sessions (via schools and community groups) and other structured education programmes delivered by zoo staff
For more information go to the zoo's Islands site here