Think you’ve seen it all at the zoo? Think again!
There’s always something NEW to discover at Chester Zoo, no matter how many times you visit!
We’re shining a spotlight on the more unusual and lesser known species that you may be SURPRISED to find we have here at the zoo! Can you rise up to the challenge to DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW?
Discover Something New Trail
What will YOU discover at the zoo?
Download our Discover Something New Trail on your phone and follow the route to see some of our lesser known and more unusual animals and plants.
Can you tick them all off your list?
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Discover our incredible Experiences that gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to get closer than ever before to our animals and plants!
Get behind-the-scenes knowledge from our AMAZING experts and experience the zoo like never before.
We have loads of NEW Experiences to choose from, including komodo dragon, chameleon, aquarium and bugs & butterflies!
The white-lipped island pit viper, also known as a blue viper gets its nickname for their bright blue-green scales.
Bush dogs are found in the Amazon basin and other parts of South America living in social groups of up to 12 individuals.
With their prominent bills and big broad wings, these magnificent black and white birds are incredibly impressive.
These fascinating animals remained undiscovered until 1901, deep in Central Africa and look like a cross between a horse and a zebra.
This unusually named, very rare frog is a critically endangered species on the brink of extinction. It’s one of the world’s BIGGEST frogs!
Southern Cassowary have muscular legs and powerful feet that have given them the reputation of being one of the most dangerous birds in the world!
Tree kangaroos are marsupials, and listed as Endangered by the IUCN. They face a very high risk of becoming extinct in the wild.
An anteater can devour up to 30,000 ants in a day!
The komodo dragon is a HUGE venomous lizard. They’re the largest lizards on the planet and they’re also one of the oldest too.
The beautiful, critically endangered golden mantella frog is bright orange in colour with black eyes.
These fantastic creatures are easily recognisable with their long snout and pointy ears.
Despite the fact that the rock hyrax is about the same size as a guinea pig, its closest living relative is the mighty elephant!
These mammals look like miniature kangaroos, but you won’t see them in Australia…
Sifakas have a very distinct look. Their faces are black and furless offset by their thin layers of fur which are white with maroon patches.
Butterfly fish can be a mixture of colours including black, orange, yellow, red, silver and white.
Named after the lake where you would naturally find them, these huge frogs are the world’s largest aquatic frog.
Ibises are red due to their diet - it comes from the carotene in the crustaceans which they eat.
Considered to be one of the largest parrots in the wild, these birds are bright green with red foreheads and blue bottom and upper tail feathers.
Discover some unusual news from around the zoo!
First EVER aardvark born at the zoo in 90 years!
With large droopy ears, hairless wrinkled skin and giant claws, this calf is a momentous landmark for us and a real cause for celebration.
Two ADORABLE baby mandrills have been born at the zoo!
Mandrills are the world’s largest monkeys and are vulnerable to extinction in the wild..
One of the world’s RAREST pigs is born at the zoo!
The species is on the brink of extinction, with as few as 200 of the rare animals remaining in the wild.
Frogs on the edge of extinction go on display at the zoo!
An endangered frog from South America, with a rather unfortunate nickname, has gone on display at the zoo for the first time!
It’s nesting time for the hornbills. Can you help them? The chicks are hungry and want their food.
Why not create an animal talk and bring it to the zoo with you so you can have a go at becoming a Zoo Ranger for your friends and family!
Watch our Parson’s chameleon and try a few different activities.
Watch our tree kangaroos and try a few different activities.
Find out interesting facts all about the brilliant Mountain Chicken Frog!
Try to find as many animals as you can as you go from A to Z!
In this video our zoo staff tell you just some of the rare species we have here at the zoo.
We’ve given you a few unusual fish to choose to colour in to create your very own aquarium.