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Vets, keepers and doctors swung into action at the zoo as Bornean orangutan Vicky successfully underwent a sinus operation – the first time the procedure has ever been carried out in the UK. 

Performed at our on-site Animal Health Centre, the surgery was conducted by our vet team, colleagues from Blackpool Zoo and a human sinus expert from Nuffield Heath The Grosvenor Hospital in Chester. 

The 49kg orangutan had chronic sinusitis which may have made her 'thick headed’ and more susceptible to infections.

But after the two-hour procedure she is already making a great recovery and is expected to be back with her fellow apes within 12 hours.

The operation will dramatically improve things for Vicky and make her much more comfortable.
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From tomorrow until Sunday April 27 we're going to be early birds! The zoo will open at 9:30am and our Diamond Jubilee Quarter from 9am - even longer to spread your wings and enjoy your day with us! 

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Only one of our tiger cubs has understood the rules in the synchronised diving competition... but we still award them 10/10!

(Many thanks to Mark Boden for sharing this stunning photo).

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Sophie the onager – a rare species of wild ass – certainly isn’t kicking up a fuss about sand as she sprints across her newly revamped paddock for the first time.

She, along with three other onagers and three Bactrian camels, are making the most of the 1,400 tonnes of freshly laid sand.

Keepers hit on the idea of transforming the area, with work taking six weeks to complete, so that the endangered species can enjoy it all year round.
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Ahh bless they are always doing something, to make the area better for them well done Chester
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Hatch a great plan if you're thinking of visiting us this Easter!

Book online and zip past any queues with fast track entry :

The cracking news is (aside from the fact we have more penguin chicks hatching)  - we've extended our opening times from Good Friday through to Bank Holiday Monday! See for all the info.
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+Suzanne Shields Hi Suzanne, Hopefully our team were  in touch and you received your e-mail confirmation this morning. If there are any further queries  though then please do call the number on your payment confirmation e-mail.  We hope you've had a great day. Many thanks, CZ
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Happy feet! Two-day-old Rooney, one of our new baby Humboldt penguins, is weighed to check on his development. Our keepers are naming this year’s chicks after superstars of the football World Cup! 

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These little leaf-cutter ants have a lot on their shoulders as they carry home a treat for the colony. Leaf-cutter ants can lift and move over 50 times their own body weight - equivalent to a man picking up a family-sized car and carrying it down the street! Check out the ants in our new exhibit in Spirit of the Jaguar.

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We are not just home to the likes of elephants, tigers, penguins and Komodo dragons. There are some amazing UK species living in our grounds too! Check out what our cameras have picked up in recent weeks...

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Sand has been in the news in the UK for the last couple of days for all the wrong reasons. But for our onagers and camels, over a thousand tonnes of sand is giving them the chance to have a ball! 

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Upton-by-Chester Chester CH2 1LH United Kingdom
GBChesterCH2 1LH
+44 1244
Zoo, CharityToday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
We're the UK's number one zoo, with over 11,000 animals and 400 different species, including some of the most endangered species on the planet.
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Zoo featuring rare and endangered species in lush, ornate gardens, with a water bus and a monorail.- Google
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Jessica Goodwin
reviewed a month ago
It is verry good,Greate for a day out ! The food is ok not that good,But the ainmals are So cool !!!! :)
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Hannah Bayley
reviewed 3 months ago
We've had an annual pass for the last two years, well worth the money. We go often in the afternoon when it's quiet. We often get the place to ourselves in the colder months which is great. We don't tend to eat there as we go after lunch, members do get I think 10% off food. I do think the food is on the expensive side. We still haven't seen all of the animals yet! My daughter especially likes the butterfly house. I'm shocked to read negative reviews on here for reasons such as wasps flying around, and the toys are too expensive. You are not forced to buy these toys. Say no to your children maybe then visit poundland on the way home? Overall a great place to go. Expensive for a one off visit but worth it with the annual pass. Thanks Chester zoo. Keep up the great work.
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Mark Whitton
reviewed 8 months ago
Chester Zoo is by far the largest zoo I have been too and frankly its a great way to mix entertainment and exercise. Overall, there are plenty of animals to see at the zoo and they all have a fair size area to roam around in... However, much like other zoos Chester likes to charge an arm and a leg for food and drink, and of course 2 arms and 2 legs if you should dare visit the gift shop! I was also given the option to buy some guide book for a few quid, I didn't take that offer, seriously I don't think anyone ever reads those books when they buy them... Aside from these prices, the zoo is a very reasonably cost for a day out and is a great way to see some super cute animals...
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Mandy Williams
reviewed a month ago
Briliant zoo always excited to drive there haha bring on saturday.
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Jedd Cullinan
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Never been there before but love it. the animals are very good
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Jonathan Shields
reviewed 7 months ago
Was a fairly sized Zoom, a nice zoo to take your camera and get some good photos of the animals. The site is laid out so wherever you go, you will have a animal to look at. It's all a bit over priced, but I can't talk because I don't know what it's like to look after African Animals :-) 100% recommend the boat ride first! Shows you where everything is and you get to know the Zoo more then if you didn't!