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

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

Penguin talk –15:15 - 15:30

Want to see what happens when you mix over 30 Humboldt 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 –15:45 - 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 –16:00 - 16:30

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

Tiger talk –16:00 - 16:15

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 - 23:45

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 - 12:30

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

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

Penguin talk –14:45 - 15:00

Want to see what happens when you mix over 30 Humboldt 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 - 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

Capybara talk –16:00 - 16:15

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Discover bugs –16:00 - 16:30

Discover bugs in Monsoon Forest on Islands. 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

Capybara talk –12:00 - 12:15

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Flamingo talk –14:15 - 14:30

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

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Black rhino talk –16:00 - 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

Discover butterflies –16:00 - 16:30

Join our Zoo Rangers at 4pm 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

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

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

Penguin talk –14:45 - 15:00

Want to see what happens when you mix over 30 Humboldt 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

Painted dog talk –15:15 - 15:30

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Cheetah talk –15:45 - 16:00

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 bugs –16:00 - 16:30

Discover bugs in Monsoon Forest on Islands. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Komodo dragon talk –16:00 - 16:15

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!

Friday

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

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

Chimpanzee talk –12:00 - 12:15

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

Camel and onager talk –14:15 - 14:30

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Cheetah talk –14:45 - 15:00

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

Animal Talk

Penguin talk –15:15 - 15:30

Want to see what happens when you mix over 30 Humboldt 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

Zebra talk –15:45 - 16:00

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Tiger talk –16:00 - 16:15

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Discover elephants –16:00 - 16:30

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!

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

Black rhino talk for kids –11:30 - 11:45

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 for kids –12:00 - 12:30

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

Penguin talk –14:45 - 15:00

Want to see what happens when you mix over 30 Humboldt 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 - 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

Meerkat talk –15:45 - 16:00

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

Andean bear talk –16:00 - 16:15

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Discover elephants –16:00 - 16:30

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!

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 mob 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

Giant giraffe talk for kids –12:00 - 12:30

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

Jaguar talk –14:15 - 14:30

Did you know - jaguars are the only big cat found in Americas? Find out more about the elusive jaguar. Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Penguin talk –14:45 - 15:00

Want to see what happens when you mix over 30 Humboldt 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

Painted dog talk –15:15 - 15:30

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Andean bear talk –15:45 - 16:00

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Tiger talk –16:00 - 16:15

Learn more about this animal!

Animal Talk

Discover butterflies –16:00 - 16:30

Join our Zoo Rangers at 4pm in Butterfly Journey for a special talk and butterfly feed. Learn more about this animal!