Who would have thought a visit to a Zoo would be so exciting? Well not me and definitely not a certain member of my family who thought we were going to see goats and chickens.
My visit to the Chester zoo had to be the highlight of my holiday. First I’m not sure what I was thinking but I wasn’t expecting the crowd we met at all, they were so many kids in groups, and families as well.
Chester Zoo happens to be the most-visited wildlife attraction in Britain(I clearly wasn’t aware of this fact) with a recorded number of 1.9 million visitors annually. It was named the best zoo in the UK and seventh in the world in July 2015 by TripAdvisor and one of the best fifteen zoos in the world by Forbes in 2007. It is so huge with a land area of 125 acres and about 15,000 animals, we definitely couldn’t go all the way. Although there’s a monorail and boats to take visitors around to see the animals, we walked all through instead and surprisingly, everyone in my family had a great time.
•Be sure to arrive on time, the zoo is usually open from 10am till about 5pm but still that isn’t enough time to cover over 15,000 species of animals
•Packing water, fruits and some snacks from home especially if you are in a group rather than buying food will save you unnecessary expenses. There’s loads of spaces provided to sit and eat, most people already came prepared
•Grab the map/guide at the entrance and use it to be sure to use it as a guide so don’t miss the animals you really want to see
•You might want to try out the monorail or boat rides at the zoo. I’m sure they’ll be interesting and you’ll see quite a number of things we didn’t get to see because we were on foot all through
P.S. I’ll be sharing a few things I learnt about a few animals so enjoy the pictures and read along…
Did you know that lions do not normally chase anything for more than 100 metres?
The most interesting part of this trip had to be us seeing the lions mate, it was my first time seeing any animal asides chickens mate. The noise from the lion was the weirdest thing and the very loud roar everytime the lioness threw him off was the scariest.
The Okapi is usually found in the Republic of Congo and is a near relative of the Giraffe but wasn’t discovered until the beginning of the 20th century because it is a shy animal, it’s no wonder I had never heard about it. Unlike the Giraffe that roams freely across the Great African plains, the Okapi lives a mainly solitary life in deep tropical forests.
The grey-crowned crane happens to be the national bird of Uganda and is found on the national flag.
Western chimpanzees live in large, complex social groups and are led by an alpha male. It is important for them to bond as this strengthens friendship. It is also a great way to remove dirt, insects, parasites and untangle fur. Exchanging back scratches or food helps secure their bonds.
It was interesting to learn that this little animal has the elephant as its closest relative, can you believe that? The rock hyrax is also a quick learner, an amazing climber, agile runner and spends 95% of its time resting.
Overall, this was such an amazing and fun trip with the perfect sunny weather.
Please share your experience below if you have visited this zoo or a similar one. Love… Jen♥