There is more to Chester Zoo than meets the eye. They may have over 20,000 wonderful animals at Chester Zoo - but they are helping thousands more around the world through their conservation and education activities.
The zoo’s mission is to be a major force in conserving biodiversity worldwide. To this aim they currently care for more than 500 different species in the zoo - about half of which are endangered. Every effort goes into ensuring the highest standards of welfare and the best care is given to all the animals, from the tiny snails to the tall giraffes.
At each enclosure there are unique ways of learning about the animals too, by reading, touching and smelling the information panels. By simply observing you can learn so much more about the animals, their natural habitats and what makes them so special and worth conserving.
But their charitable work extends well beyond the zoo’s perimeter. At home and abroad, the Zoo supports and conducts some 150 field projects for conservation and education in more than 50 countries worldwide. Knowing not everyone can be as hands on as they are, so they’ve created 'Act for Wildlife', a conservation campaign that gives you the chance to get involved and make a real difference for wildlife conservation around the world.
The Zoo opened in 1931, and in 1934, the North of England Zoological Society was born.
There are now 170 buildings at Chester Zoo, from the animal exhibits to the shops, restaurants, toilet blocks and admin offices. Plus, of course, the original Oakfield House itself and stable block, which are both Grade II* listed.
We’ve had a long history here at Chester Zoo. It hasn’t always been easy. But we’ve always come through stronger than ever.
Today, we’re not only the UK’s most popular zoo, and one of the top 15 in the world; we’re also a highly respected centre for global conservation and research, and passionate campaigners for wildlife.