Animal Talks

How do elephants talk? How many bones are in a giraffe’s neck? Why are giant otters so loud? Find the answers to all these questions and more AMAZING things at our talks.

Animal Talks

Our Zoo Rangers are an amazing, passionate group of people. You can ask them anything and they'll let you know about all our wonderful stories. You may even encounter an elephant's tooth or a giant otter skull.

Each day we do different talks at different times, so double check when you’re at the zoo. (Just so you know, sometimes we may change times of talks because of weather or animal needs).

Animal talk - listen to our team tell you all there is to know about our animals! This lasts about 7mins and involves a microphone.

Chat - A quiet chance to meet the team and ask your questions about our animals

Discover session - Find out about our science & conservation work with interactive touch tables, amazing props & animal artefacts

Which day are you coming to see us?

Select day of the week

Monday

Animal Talk

Discover Mini beasts –10:30 - 11:30

...in Butterfly Journey. Did you know… that an estimated 80% of all known animal species are invertebrates? This is your chance to get up close to some of our most impressive invertebrates and explore minibeast features and lifecycles.


Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Elephant talk –11:00

...in the Outdoor Elephant Habitat. Did you know…that Elephants don’t like the smell of chillies? Find out why this is important for our conservationists and learn what family life is like for our playful young Asian Elephants here at the zoo.


Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Meerkat talk for kids –11:30

...at the Meerkat habitat. Did you know…that a group of Meerkats is called a ‘Mob’? They may look cute, but these are some of the toughest animals around. Find out what skills and features Meerkats need to survive in their harsh, wild habitat.


Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Black rhino chat –12:00

...at the Black Rhino habitat. Did you know…that Black Rhinos aren’t actually black? Find out more about these brilliant animals and learn what we’re doing at the zoo and in the wild to protect this Critically Endangered species.


Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Tropical Realm bird feed –13:30

...at the Tropical Realm. Did you know…that some of our birds change colour in the Spring? Step into the forest and be surrounded by our beautiful tropical birds whilst they have their lunch.


Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Komodo dragon talk –14:15

...inside Dragons in DangerDid you know…that female Komodo Dragons can have young without ever meeting a male? Get to know our largest lizard and uncover what hidden ‘weapons’ make him such a brilliant top predator.


Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Giant otter talk –14:45

...at the Outdoor Giant Otter habitat. Did you know…that wild Giant Otter families live in ‘campsites’? This might sound appealing, but these often include massive communal ‘toilets’! Learn more about one of our loudest animals and find out how they are amazingly adapted for their watery lifestyle.


Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Penguin talk –15:15

...at the Humboldt Penguin Habitat. Did you know…that Penguins have spiky tongues? Join us to see our Penguins showing off their amazing swimming skills whilst diving for food and find out what your shopping habits have got to do with saving wild Penguins.


Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Discover orangutans –15:30 - 16:30

...inside Realm of the Red Ape. Did you know…that we build rope bridges to help wild Orangutans? But it’s not just field conservationists who can protect these amazing animals. Find out what chocolate and shampoo have in common and how you can help save wildlife when buying your favourite treats.


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Animal Talk

Sun Bear talk –16:00

...at the Sun Bear habitat, in Islands. Did you know…that Sun Bears’ tongues are around a whopping 25cm long? Come along to find out what they use them for and discover why the smallest of all the bear species is also one of the most threatened.


Learn more about this animal!

Tuesday

Animal Talk

Science at the zoo –10:00 - 11:00

...at Black Rhinos - The clue is in the poo! Come and get hands on with science at the zoo and see what goes on behind the scenes with our science teams.

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Animal Talk

Elephant talk –11:00

Did you know... that an elephant's trunk is actually its nose and top lip fused into one, and that new-born elephants have to learn how it works?! Find out what it's like to be an elephant calf growing up at Chester Zoo and what we do to help Asian Elephants in the wild. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Painted dog talk –11:30

It’s great to be part of the pack! Find out about our painted dogs with the Zoo Rangers.

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Andean bear chat –12:00

Chat about all things bear with the Zoo Rangers 

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Tropical Realm Bird Feed –13:30

Step in to the forest and be surrounded by our beautiful tropical birds whilst they have their lunch.

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Giant otters talk –14:15

Ever wondered how loud a giant otter actually is? They’re very loud, the loudest in fact! Join us to find out why they make so much noise as well as loads of other really cool adaptations that give these animals the deserved reputation of being a ‘river wolf’ out in the Amazon Rainforest. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Penguin talk –14:45

Want to see what happens when you mix our adorable penguins with 15 kilograms of fish? Join us for a splashing good time at the penguins and find out a little bit more about our feathered friends.
Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Sloth Chat –15:15

What’s life like upside down? Hang out with the Zoo Rangers and find out about our weird and wonderful sloths
Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Discover sun bears –15:45 - 16:15

...at Islands. Find out how to protect animals around the world from illegal wildlife trade when on you’re on your holidays.

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Sumatran Tiger talk –16:00

Join the Zoo Rangers to find out all about these incredible top predators from the Indonesian Island of Sumatra. 
Learn more about this animal!

Wednesday

Animal Talk

Science at the zoo –10:00 - 11:00

at Dragons in Danger  - Why do reptiles need heat? Use our thermal imaging technology to investigate the importance of heat and light in our Komodo dragon habitats. 

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Elephant talk –11:00

Did you know... that an elephant's trunk is actually its nose and top lip fused into one, and that new-born elephants have to learn how it works?! Find out what it's like to be an elephant calf growing up at Chester Zoo and what we do to help Asian elephants in the wild. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Meerkat talk for kids –11:30

Did you know - a group of meerkats is called a mob? Join us and find out more about our meerkat family - simples! Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Black rhino chat –12:00

Have you ever wondered what a rhino’s horn is made of? And why some people think it can cure diseases? Find out more about our black rhinos and what we're doing to help this incredible species. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Cheetah talk –14:15

Do you feel the need for speed? These cats sure do! Find out more at this talk. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Chimpanzee talk –14:45

Isn't it great to be an ape? Find out what we have in common with our closest relatives - strictly no monkeying around! Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Komodo dragon talk –15:15

They may not breathe fire, but they do have surprisingly bad breath! Come and discover more about our extra-large lizards. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Discover jaguars –15:45 - 16:15

We are all connected. What have chocolate and coffee got to do with jaguars? Find out how you are connected to jaguars with the Zoo Rangers.

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Animal Talk

Sun Bear talk –16:00

...at Islands.  Find out all about the smallest bear species in the world with our incredible sun bears Milli and Toni.
Learn more about this animal!

Thursday

Animal Talk

Discover mini beasts –10:00 - 11:00

Join our Zoo Rangers from 10am to get up close to some of our exotic invertebrates in Butterfly Journey. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Elephant talk –11:00

Did you know... that an elephant's trunk is actually its nose and top lip fused into one, and that new-born elephants have to learn how it works?! Find out what it's like to be an elephant calf growing up at Chester Zoo and what we do to help Asian elephants in the wild. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Painted dog talk –11:30

It’s great to be part of the pack! Find out about our painted dogs with the Zoo Rangers.

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Capybara talk –12:00

Find out about the world’s biggest rodents with the Zoo Rangers 
Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Tropical Realm Bird Feed –13:30

Step in to the forest and be surrounded by our beautiful tropical birds while they have their lunch.

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Sloth Chat –14:15

What’s life like upside down? Hang out with the Zoo Rangers and find out about our weird and wonderful sloths
Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Penguin talk –14:45

Want to see what happens when you mix our adorable penguins with 15 kilograms of fish? Join us for a splashing good time at the penguins and find out a little bit more about our feathered friends.
Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Flamingo talk –15:15

Why are flamingos pink? Find out about our flamboyant flamingos with the Zoo Rangers.
Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Discover black rhinos –15:45 - 16:15

Have you ever wondered what a rhino’s horn is made of? And why some people think it can cure diseases? Find out more about our black rhinos and what we're doing to help this incredible species. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Sumatran Tiger talk –16:00

Join the Zoo Rangers to find out all about these incredible top predators from the Indonesian Island of Sumatra. 

Learn more about this animal!

Friday

Animal Talk

Science at the Zoo –10:30 - 11:30

...at Sprit of JaguarDid you know… that we have our very own dedicated zoo Nutritionist? Providing healthy diets for all of our unique animals is a massive job. Discover how we recreate the foods our herbivores, omnivores and carnivores eat in the wild.


Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Elephant talk –11:00

...in the Outdoor Elephant Habitat. Did you know…that Elephants don’t like the smell of chillies? Find out why this is important for our conservationists and learn what family life is like for our playful young Asian Elephants here at the zoo.


Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Elephant talk –11:00

Did you know... that an elephant's trunk is actually its nose and top lip fused into one, and that new-born elephants have to learn how it works?! Find out what it's like to be an elephant calf growing up at Chester Zoo and what we do to help Asian elephants in the wild. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Cheetah talk –11:30

... at the Cheetah habitatDid you know…that Cheetahs have ‘sunglasses’? If you’re feeling the need for speed, come along to find out all about these record-breaking predators and learn how our Cheetah’s footprints have helped to save the species in the wild.


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Animal Talk

Chimpanzee talk –12:00

...at the Chimpanzee habitat. Did you know…that Chimpanzees have their own cultures? Meet some of our cleverest animals and learn what skills you’d need to survive as chimp. Plus find out how your old mobile phone could help save wild Chimpanzees.


Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Tsavo Bird Feed –13:30

...in the Tsavo Aviary. Did you know…that some of our birds build nests as big as a small car? Step in to the African bush and be surrounded by our beautiful birds as they eat their lunch.


Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Black rhino chat –14:15

Have you ever wondered what a rhino’s horn is made of? And why some people think it can cure diseases? Find out more about our black rhinos and what we're doing to help this incredible species. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Giraffe talk –14:15

...at the Outdoor Giraffe habitat. Did you know…that those things on a Giraffe’s head aren’t actually horns but ossicones? Get to know our tallest animals and find out why their poo looks like maltesers (and why we think this is super-interesting!).


Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Komodo dragon talk –14:45

...inside Dragons in Danger. Did you know…that female Komodo Dragons can have young without ever meeting a male? Get to know our largest lizard and uncover what hidden ‘weapons’ make him such a brilliant top predator.


Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Penguin talk –15:15

Want to see what happens when you mix our adorable penguins with 15 kilograms of fish? Join us for a splashing good time at the penguins and find out a little bit more about our feathered friends.
Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Discover orangutans –15:45 - 16:15

Join our Zoo Rangers in the Realm of the Red Ape and discover more about our Bornean orangutans.

Learn more about this animal!

Saturday

Animal Talk

Discover mini beasts –10:00 - 11:00

Join our Zoo Rangers to get up close to some of our exotic invertebrates in Butterfly Journey.

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Elephant talk –11:00

Did you know... that an elephant's trunk is actually its nose and top lip fused into one, and that new-born elephants have to learn how it works?! Find out what it's like to be an elephant calf growing up at Chester Zoo and what we do to help Asian Elephants in the wild. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Monkey talk for kids –11:30

Who’s that monkeying around? Find out what troop life is like up in the in the tree tops. 
Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Komodo dragon talk for kids –12:00

They may not breathe fire, but they do have surprisingly bad breath! Come and discover more about our extra-large lizards. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Tropical Realm Bird Feed –13:30

Step in to the forest and be surrounded by our beautiful tropical birds while they have their lunch.

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Chimpanzee talk –14:15

Isn't it great to be an ape? Find out what we have in common with our closest relatives - strictly no monkeying around! Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Penguin talk –14:45

Want to see what happens when you mix our adorable penguins with 15 kilograms of fish? Join us for a splashing good time at the penguins and find out a little bit more about our feathered friends.
Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Cheetah talk –15:15

Do you feel the need for speed? These cats sure do! Find out more at this talk. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Discover sun bears –15:45 - 16:15

...at IslandsFind out how to protect animals around the world from illegal wildlife trade when on you’re on your holidays.

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Sumatran Tiger talk –16:00

Join the Zoo Rangers to find out all about these incredible top predators from the Indonesian Island of Sumatra. 

Learn more about this animal!

Sunday

Animal Talk

Discover elephants –10:00 - 11:00

How can spicy chilli peppers help to save wild elephants? Find out with the Zoo Rangers. 

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Elephant talk –11:00

Did you know... that an elephant's trunk is actually its nose and top lip fused into one, and that new-born elephants have to learn how it works?! Find out what it's like to be an elephant calf growing up at Chester Zoo and what we do to help Asian Elephants in the wild. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Black rhino talk for kids –11:30

Have you ever wondered what a rhino’s horn is made of? And why some people think it can cure diseases? Find out more about our black rhinos and what we're doing to help this incredible species. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Painted dog talk –12:00

It’s great to be part of the pack! Find out about our painted dogs with the Zoo Rangers.
Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Jaguar talk –14:15

Did you know - jaguars are the only big cat found in South America? Find out more about the elusive jaguar.

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Penguin talk –14:45

Want to see what happens when you mix our adorable penguins with 15 kilograms of fish? Join us for a splashing good time at the penguins and find out a little bit more about our feathered friends.
Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Komodo dragon talk –15:15

They may not breathe fire, but they do have surprisingly bad breath! Come and discover more about our extra-large lizards. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Discover mini beasts –15:45 - 16:15

...in Butterfly JourneyJoin the Zoo Rangers to get close to our mini beasts and investigate their incredible adaptations and lifecycles.

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Sun bear talk –16:00

...at Islands.  Find out all about the smallest bear species in the world with our incredible sun bears Milli and Toni.
Learn more about this animal!