Last weekend as we were up in the north west, we got the chance to visit Chester Zoo. Unfortunately it was a rubbish day weather wise but it didn’t dampen our spirits at all. We put on our rain jackets and armed with a map we set off to explore the zoo and spot our favourite animals.
Chester Zoo is one of our favourite zoos to visit having been a couple of times previously. Olly couldn’t remember the last time he visited so it was lovely for him to experience the zoo with a fresh pair of pre-schooler eyes.
Our first port of call was to watch the elephants and it was lovely to see the baby elephants in the herd too. They were two newborn Asian elephants born in January and they are very cute to watch.
Lots to see and experience at the zoo
There’s lots to see and experience at the zoo so we wanted to take in as much as we could. We decided to take advantage of seeing the animals that were undercover whilst the heavens opened and the monkey enclosure provided a little bit of dry relief. We spotted the Colombian Spider Monkey’s who were entertaining the crowds by throwing left over scraps of food through the holes in their enclosures roof. They looked rather cheeky and full of personality.
We decided to take the monorail around the park to take in the view of some of the animals from above so caught the monorail (a small fee applies) from Tsavo Station round to Jubilee Square Gardens. From the monorail we could see the Greater One-Horned Rhino and the Grevys Zebra. We also spotted the Camels and the Onagers.
We decided to grab an early lunch as the weather showed no sign of letting up and it seemed everyone else had the same idea. After a quick bite to eat, a toilet stop and a refresh we decided we wanted to see the Chimpanzees, the Jaguar and Bornean Orangutan so set off to see the other side of the park.
I fell in love with the Chimpanzees as did the whole family. We were watching one particular cheeky chimp who was trying to play with the others but they weren’t interested. He kept flying over their heads trailing his foot over their heads and they were not impressed. One of the other chimpanzees caught his foot and wouldn’t let it go, it was so entertaining, I could have watched them all day. They were brilliant.
We managed to catch sight of the black Jaguar, Goshi, who was taking a nap on a rock in her enclosure, she was beautiful but unfortunately we didn’t spot the other Jaguar Napo.
One of our last spots in the Zoo was to the giraffe. I am in awe of these beautiful animals, they’re so tall and graceful. They’re stunning to watch.
After a fun filled day at Chester Zoo we headed home (via a trip through the gift shop) and we had a wonderful day out. We would have loved to have been able to visit all the park but we ran out of time so there’s still plenty to see next time we visit (hopefully in the glorious sunshine).
To find out more about the zoo and buy your tickets visit ChesterZoo.org
Disclosure: We were invited to visit Chester Zoo but wasn’t asked to write about it at all. We enjoyed our day out so much that we wanted to share our fun day out.