27 April 2021

Ahead of the launch of our interactive virtual event An Introduction to Zoo and Wildlife Endocrinology, we speak to the event’s co-host and conservation expert Dr Veronica (Ronnie) Cowl  to find out more about her career highlights. 

As Reproductive Biology Coordinator, we find out more about her role in our mission to prevent extinction, and how she ended up working in the UK’s only zoo-based endocrinology lab, right here at Chester Zoo. With her unique experience and insight, she shares her advice to budding conservationists looking to pursue a career in the field of biology…

16 April 2021
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12 March 2021

Look who’s dropped in! Conservationists are celebrating the birth of a rare Rothschild’s giraffe at the zoo.

05 March 2021

Congratulations to our newly trained Youth Champion Volunteers and Support Volunteers! 

04 March 2021

We’re celebrating the birth of a rare baby okapi.

The female calf, born to mum K’tusha (7) and dad Stomp (17), arrived safely following a 14-month-long pregnancy.

CCTV cameras at the zoo captured the calf’s first wobbly steps as she was gently encouraged to her feet by mum, shortly after birth. Now, the shy new arrival has stepped outside for the first time after spending the first few weeks of life snuggled up in a cosy nest.

Our keepers have named the adorable youngster ‘Nia Nia’ in homage to a small village that is in the centre of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, a place where the zoo’s field partners are based, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – the only country in the world where okapis are found in the wild.

The okapi’s zebra-like stripes on its back legs allow offspring to easily follow their mothers into the dense forests in the DRC, keeping them well hidden from predators. Its elusive nature, paired with its impressive sense of hearing and unique camouflage, led to the species being nicknamed the ‘African unicorn’ as the animal went undiscovered until as recently as 1901.

19 February 2021

Wow! Well then Codebreakers, you’ve done it! You’ve made it to the final day of the challenge!

 

18 February 2021

Hi there explorers! You’ve done SO well so far…it’s pretty exhausting all this travelling around, but it’s been AMAZING to see so many different species, hasn’t it?

Hope you managed to get a good night sleep. Did you dream in code and symbols again? It feels like we’re getting close to cracking the code now! 
 
 

17 February 2021

How’s it going codebreakers? Hope you enjoyed feasting on some yummy delights yesterday.  Those recipes were sooooo tasty!

Have you been dreaming about those mysterious symbols as well?!  

Perhaps it’s some sort of pledge, but there must be more to find!  We’ll try to find some more today. 

16 February 2021

Good morning fellow rainforest explorers, Hope you slept well. We’re still a bit baffled about that  strange note we found yesterday.  Do you know what it might mean?

 

Now, let’s see, where are we today?  It’s time to explore this new habitat to see where we’ve ended up this time!