Animal Talks & Guided Tours

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 and guided tours.

Guided Tours

Our NEW guided tours are the perfect way to make the most of your day. We've got a range of tours to choose from so you'll easily find something for you.

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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).

Which day are you coming to see us?

Select day of the week

Monday

Animal Talk

Discover bugs –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 - 11:15

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 - 11:45

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 - 12:15

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

Tropical Realm bird feed –13:30 - 13:45

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Chimpanzee talk –14:15 - 14:30

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

Giant otter talk –14:45 - 15:00

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

Cheetah talk –15:15 - 15:30

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

Animal Talk

Komodo dragon talk –15:45 - 16:00

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

Discover elephants –16:15 - 16:45

Ever wondered how we keep our whole herd of elephants healthy? We’ll have some of the equipment and biofacts to show you how it’s done! Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Sumatran Tiger talk –16:15 - 16:30

Learn more about this animal!

Tuesday

Animal Talk

Discover elephants –10:00 - 11:00

Ever wondered how we keep our whole herd of elephants healthy? We'll have some of the equipment and biofacts to show you how it's done! Join us between 10-11am. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Elephant talk –11:00 - 11:15

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

Chimpanzee talk for kids –11:30 - 11:45

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

Giraffe talk –12:00 - 12:15

Did you know a giraffe tongue isn’t pink, its blue? And can be a whopping 40cm long. It’s so long they even use it to clean their ears! Find out more amazing facts in our short talk about these tall animals. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Tropical Realm Bird Feed –13:30 - 13:45

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Giant otters talk –14:15 - 14:30

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

Flamingo talk –14:45 - 15:00

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

Animal Talk

Cheetah talk –15:15 - 15:30

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

Animal Talk

Capybara talk –15:45 - 16:00

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

Animal Talk

Discover predators –16:15 - 16:45

At cheetah yurt

Strength, stealth or speed? What adaptions make the top predators? Find out with the Zoo Rangers at the Cheetah Yurt. 

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Act for Wildlife Talk –16:15 - 16:30

At Sumba school room. We are Chester Zoo and we Act for Wildlife. Find out how we save species with the Zoo Rangers.

Learn more about this animal!

Wednesday

Animal Talk

Discover giraffes –10:00 - 11:00

Come and discover the tallest animals at the zoo! At around 5 metres tall, our Giraffes are head and shoulders above the rest. Did you know a giraffe tongue isn’t pink, its blue? And can be a whopping 40cm long. It’s so long they can use it to grab food from tall branches and even clean their ears! Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Elephant talk –11:00 - 11:15

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

Komodo dragon talk for kids –11:30 - 11:45

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

Flamingo talk –12:00 - 12:15

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

Animal Talk

Tsavo Bird Feed –13:30 - 13:45

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Sloth Chat –14:15 - 14:30

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

Okapi talk –14:45 - 15:00

Have you ever seen an animal cleaning it’s eyes with their tongue? No? Well come and watch these enchanting forest creatures and find out more about the giraffes closest living relative! Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Cheetah talk –15:15 - 15:30

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

Animal Talk

Andean bear chat –15:45 - 16:00

Chat about all things bear with the Zoo Rangers 

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Black rhino chat –16:15 - 16:30

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

Discover butterflies –16:15 - 16:45

Join our Zoo Rangers in Butterfly Journey for a special talk and butterfly feed. Learn more about this animal!

Thursday

Animal Talk

Discover bugs –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 - 11:15

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

Flamingo talk for kids –11:30 - 11:45

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

Animal Talk

Giraffe talk –12:00 - 12:30

Did you know a giraffe tongue isn’t pink, its blue? And can be a whopping 40cm long. It’s so long they even use it to clean their ears! Find out more amazing facts in our short talk about these tall animals. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Tropical Realm Bird Feed –13:30 - 13:45

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Chimpanzee talk –14:15 - 14:30

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 –14:45 - 15:00

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

Cheetah talk –15:15 - 15:45

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

Animal Talk

Capybara talk –15:45 - 16:00

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

Animal Talk

Painted dog talk –16:15 - 16:30

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

Discover rainforests –16:15 - 16:45

At Jaguars

We are all connected to the Rainforest- Find out where your chocolate and coffee come from with the Zoo Rangers.

Learn more about this animal!

Friday

Animal Talk

Discover Komodo dragons –10:00 - 11:00

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Elephant talk –11:00 - 11:15

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 for kids –11:30 - 11:45

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

Animal Talk

Zebra talk –12:00 - 12:15

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Tsavo Bird Feed –13:30 - 13:45

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Camel and onager talk –14:15 - 14:30

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Sloth Chat –14:45 - 15:00

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

Komodo dragon talk –15:15 - 15:45

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

Flamingo talk –15:45 - 16:00

Why are flamingos pink? Find out about our flamboyant flamingos with the Zoo Rangers.

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Sumatran Tiger talk –16:15 - 16:30

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Act for Wildlife –16:15 - 16:45

At Sumba school room. We are Chester Zoo and we Act for Wildlife. Find out how we save species with the Zoo Rangers.

Learn more about this animal!

Saturday

Animal Talk

Discover Bugs –10:00 - 11:00

Join our Zoo Rangers between 10am and 11.30am to get up close to some of our exotic invertebrates in Butterfly Journey. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Elephant talk –11:00 - 11:15

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 - 11:45

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

Giraffe talk for kids –12:00 - 12:15

Find out more about these wonderful and elegant giants with our Zoo Rangers. Giraffes can grow to six metres tall, but did you know their tongues are a whopping length too? Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Chimpanzee talk –14:15 - 14:30

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

Flamingo talk –14:45 - 15:00

Why are flamingos pink? Find out about our flamboyant flamingos with the Zoo Rangers.

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Cheetah talk –15:15 - 15:30

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

Animal Talk

Andean bear chat –15:45 - 16:00

Chat about all things bear with the Zoo Rangers 
Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Meerkat chat –16:15 - 16:30

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

Discover elephants –16:15 - 16:45

Ever wondered how we keep our whole herd of elephants healthy? We’ll have some of the equipment and biofacts to show you how it’s done! Learn more about this animal!

Sunday

Animal Talk

Discover elephants –10:00 - 11:00

Ever wondered how we keep our whole herd of elephants healthy? We’ll have some of the equipment and biofacts to show you how it’s done! Join us between 10am and 11am. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Elephant talk –11:00 - 11:15

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 - 11:45

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 for kids –12:00 - 12:15

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

Tsavo Bird Feed –13:30 - 13:45

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Jaguar talk –14:15 - 14:30

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

Komodo dragon talk –14:45 - 15:00

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

Flamingo talk –15:15 - 15:30

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

Animal Talk

Andean bear chat –15:45 - 16:00

Chat about all things bear with the Zoo Rangers 
Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Sumatran Tiger talk –16:15 - 16:30

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Discover butterflies –16:15 - 16:45

In Butterfly Journey

Join our Zoo Rangers at 4.15pm in Butterfly Journey for a special talk and butterfly feed.

Learn more about this animal!