Chester Zoo over one million visitors each year
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Days Out at CHESTER ZOO
Most of the species at Chester Zoo are part of breeding programmes. These programmes help to manage species spread between different zoos as a self-sustaining population. This is important for species that are very close to extinction in the wild, and provides an “Insurance” population. Zoos can also provide individuals for reintroduction projects – providing plants or animals to put back into the wild.
Education & Awareness
Each year Chester Zoo has over one million visitors, and throughout the Zoo there is a wealth of interesting information for them. The wide range of signs and activities around the Zoo provide species facts and highlight threats in the wild and the conservation projects we support.
Each year Chester Zoo also provides lessons and talks to over 20 000 people, ranging from school children to postgraduates.
Zoos provide a unique opportunity to study animals up close. Around 200 research projects are conducted annually at Chester Zoo by staff and university researchers. The knowledge this research provides leads to improved animal husbandry and better understanding of animal behaviour and ecology, and can often assist conservation activities in the wild. It also helps train tomorrow’s conservation scientists.
Chester Zoo is the first UK Zoo to have been awarded the environmental standard ISO14001. This award shows our commitment to the environment and we are continually looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact.
Chester Zoo staff have specialised skills and knowledge which can help conservation in the Zoo and in the wild. Staff are also strongly involved in advocacy roles, helping steer decision-making groups and implementing conservation strategies nationally and internationally.
Tel 01244 380 280
Fax 01244 371 273
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