A Message from our Chief Executive Officer

Welcome! If this is your first visit to the Chester Zoo website, or, if you have visited before, then we offer you a warm welcome.

As you will see from this website, there is more to Chester Zoo than meets the eye. We may have over 25,000 wonderful animals right here - but we are helping thousands more around the world through our conservation and education activities.

The zoo’s mission is to prevent extinction. To this we currently care for more than 500 different species in the zoo - about half of which are endangered. Every effort goes into ensuring the highest standards of welfare and the best care is given to all our animals, from the tiny snails to the tall giraffes.

At each habitat there are unique ways of learning about the animals too, by reading, touching and smelling the information panels. By simply observing we can all learn so much more about the animals, their natural habitats and what makes them so special and worth conserving.

But our charitable work extends well beyond the zoo’s perimeter. At home and abroad, we support and conduct over 80 conservation projects and education around the world. We know not everyone can be as hands on as we are, so we’ve created Act for Wildlife, a conservation campaign that gives you the chance to get involved and make a real difference for wildlife conservation around the world.

You can find out more about our activities through our conservation and science pages or by visiting www.actforwildlife.org.uk.

I am always keen to hear your feedback so that we can continue to achieve the very best for our animals and our visitors so please do tell us what you think. Don’t forget that you can keep right up to date with the latest zoo news by following us on Facebook and Twitter, or by signing up to our email newsletter.

By visiting Chester Zoo and supporting us you can help make a real difference, not only to our animals here at the zoo, but also to the animals, plants and people within our conservation activities around the world.

Enjoy your visit.
Thank you.

Dr Mark Pilgrim
Chief Executive Officer