29 Nov 2016

HESTER MUNDIS, a four-time Emmy nominee, has for many years used her humour and journalism to heighten public awareness of animal rights. She is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, including the autobiographical No, He’s Not a Monkey, He’s an Ape and He’s My Son– her true account of having raised infant chimp Boris for 2½ years in a Manhattan apartment before finding him a forever home at Chester Zoo. 

Over the past half century Boris has become an iconic Chester Zoo celebrity.  Immortalised last year with a bronze statue on site, he is currently featured in several television documentaries (Raised Human: Boris, My Chimp & Me, The Secret Life of the Zoo: Seasons 1 and 2) and has a growing global fan club on the internet.

Known in the U.K. as Boris’ “mum,” Hester is also the mother of two non-simian sons and has recently become a proud grandma.  She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, radio personality Ron VanWarmer.

To reserve tickets email or call Penny Rudd PennyR@chesterzoo.org 01244 650 215.


Tickets may be available on the door but advanced booking helps keep costs down and guarantees a seat! Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start at Chester Zoo’s Russell Allen Lecture Hall, off the A41, just before the Park & Ride (use postcode CH2 1EU for SatNav). Tickets cost £9 for FFI Members, £10 for non-Members, with a concession of £5 for students. All prices include a buffet and wine.