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Our keepers have hatched the first ever tuatara outside of their native New Zealand - a successful breeding that has taken several decades to achieve.

The tuatara is one of the world's oldest living species and is believed to have pre-dated the dinosaurs, having been on the planet for more than 225 million years.

Around 70 million years ago they became extinct everywhere except New Zealand, where it now has iconic status.

Our achievements in successfully hatching the tuatara - and all of the intricate skills developed along the way - give us confidence that we can help save highly threatened species such as mountain chicken frogs and Bermudan skinks from extinction in the wild.
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RHINO CALF BORN

Watch the beautiful moment our 13-year-old Eastern black rhino Ema Elsa gave birth.

The male calf arrived at 10:54pm on Saturday night and both mum and youngster are doing really well.

Ema Elsa and her calf are off-show for the time being as the pair get to know each other.
We'll have more news and updates soon!
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Spots or stripes? Why not both!

Say hello to our four-day-old Brazilian tapir calf...
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Bird experts at the zoo have been providing around-the-clock care to six exotic starling chicks.

The grosbeak starlings, which come from Indonesia, have now fully fledged after being hand-fed every few hours for five weeks! 

More good news is the vital skills learned from the hand-rearing process are applied by our keepers in the wild to help critically endangered species.
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Four critically endangered Asian turtles have arrived at the zoo - boosting survival hopes for the rare species.

The painted batagur turtles, aged between one and three years old, have come to us from Toronto Zoo in Canada as part of an international breeding programme aiming to maintain a thriving population of the turtles in zoos around the world. We are the only zoo in the UK to care for the species and herpetological experts hope to create a safety-net in case the turtles become extinct in the wild.

We also support vital conservation work in Sumatra, where one man named Joko Guntoro has set up the Satucifa Foundation and made it his life’s mission to try and save the turtles. Joko monitors the beaches and rivers where the animals live, collecting eggs and rearing the young to improve their chances of survival, before reintroducing them back into the wild and tracking their progress. The information being gathered is giving conservationists a better understanding of how the turtles live and their biology. 
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NEW HOME FOR ENDANGERED PRIMATES

We've unveiled a new home for some of the world’s most endangered primates.

The 3,607 square metres exhibit, part of Islands, the UK’s biggest ever zoological development, has been designed by our primate keepers, conservationists and specialist architects from Germany.

Conservation experts estimate that fewer than 6,500 Sumatran orangutans and less than 4,500 silvery gibbons are left in the wild.

We hope the new area will put a major spotlight on issues such as habitat destruction, a threat which is pushing both species to the very edge of extinction.

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We've kicked off the New Year with the mammoth challenge of carrying out our annual stocktake! 

Our keepers are faced with the formidable task of noting every individual mammal, reptile, amphibian, fish, bird and invertebrate at the zoo. 

The compulsory count, which covers species ranging from the tiniest frog to the largest elephant, is a legal requirement and part of our operating license. The data collected is also used to help us plan international breeding programmes for endangered species. 

Chester Zoo has kicked off the New Year with the mammoth challenge of carrying out its annual stocktake. 

Keepers are faced with the formidable task of noting every individual mammal, reptile, amphibian, fish, bird and invertebrate in their care.

The compulsory count, which covers species ranging from the tiniest frog to the largest elephant, is a legal requirement and part of the zoo’s license. The data collected is also used to help plan international breeding programmes for endangered species. 

This year staff have their work cut out following a hugely successful 2015. The opening of our new #IslandsatCZ  development – the biggest expansion in the history of UK zoos – means there are now more additions than ever before to add to the records!

Take a look at some of the colourful creatures being counted this time around...


MORE: http://www.chesterzoo.org/attractions-and-exhibits/zoo-news/annual-stock-take-2016 

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Toni takes a morning dip! 

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Zoo featuring rare and endangered species in lush, ornate gardens, with a water bus and a monorail.- Google
"My favourite zoo love coming loads to see and do and a great picnic area."
"The Jaguar enclosure is second to none, and the butterfly house is enchanting."
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Tom French
a month ago
This zoo has been improving ever since my childhood visits. It is a very good zoo! There are a large selection of animals and there are many useful and fun amenities around the zoo that are interactive and interesting. An example is the bat cave and butterfly house where you are face to face with them.
Donna Hodgkinson
a month ago
This is the best zoo ever. I have been going all of my life and it just gets better everytime that i go. My 2 year old son thoroughly enjoys it as does my partner. It's well worth the money!
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Scott Mathers
2 months ago
A great family day out. Lots and lots to see, although at the time of visiting (September 2015) the new Islands weren't fully open. It's a whole day out with a huge area to cover. Elephants are always a favourite and if you're lucky you'll get an up close look at the Orangutans, which are just stunning. It's definitely worth taking a packed lunch as there are lots of places to sit and eat outside and the food can be quite expensive. Also, make sure you find some voucher codes to get in slightly cheaper.
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Alastair Shaw
3 weeks ago
The best zoo in the country! The new Islands exhibit is worth the ticket price. All the staff we spoke to were very knowledgeable, all our questions about the animals and conservation work were answered. Well worth a visit.
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Steve McCall
3 weeks ago
Great day out. So big that it never feels too busy. Animals well looked after and very diverse. New islands section if fantastic.
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Emily Bradbury
a week ago
Such an amazing day out! Fab value for money and the range of animals and activities is great!
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Mark Moore
2 months ago
What an amazing place, no wonder the vast majority of reviews are brilliant, well worth the 2hr drive! A huge selection of exotic animals to see with the fruit bats, Jaguars and Elephants being my favourite. Even though it was close to freezing, well what do you expect in November, it was still a great spectacle and we walked round for 5 fun filled hours.
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Gareth Wyn Roberts
5 months ago
Fun day out for all the family. If your into big wild cats, elephants, giraffes, bats, insects and birds there all here and many many more. The new islands have just opened, however I didn't really see many animals at all which was a shame, as I was really looking forward to this new part of the zoo. I would advise to wait a few months or even until next summer before visiting this part, as it does take a while to get round with not much to show as it's still very much work in progress. The zoo as a whole is fantastic, myself and my family go at least once a year. As there is so much to see I would recommend getting there as early to opening time as possible and planning what animals you definitely want to see before you go and see them first, as you don't really have enough time to see everything, as you tend to catch yourself transfixed on one or more animal throughout the day. Plenty of food and drink outlets within the grounds. Free to use cashpoint. Great day out for all the family.
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