27 Oct 2011

There are over 38,500 of you enjoying all the benefits of zoo membership, including unlimited free entry, invitations to special Members’ talks and events and discounts in our shops and cafes.

Our Memberships and Adoptions Manager Karolyn Curwell said:

“Never before have we had so many people signed up as members and so we’re absolutely delighted – it’s a fantastic feat.

“Our members are really important to us because, as a registered charity, their guaranteed, year-long support helps us to carry out all of our vital conservation work – helping save species from extinction both here in the UK and overseas.”

We’re lucky enough to have a number of high-profile members, including actor Ian Puleston-Davies, who plays the tough-talking builder Owen Armstrong in Coronation Street.

Corrie star Ian Puleston-Davies and daughter Maggie (centre), with Zoo Keeper Belinda Porter and Memberships & Adoptions Manager Karolyn Curwell (right)

Ian’s been a member at Chester Zoo for several years and said:

“I have been visiting Chester Zoo since I was a child and the anticipation and excitement each visit brings has never waned over the years.

“In fact, now I have my two children in tow, I have the added enjoyment of watching them react in exactly the same way – sheer joy that cannot be bettered anywhere else.

“We are so proud of our local zoo and ‘flash’ our membership cards with pride.”

A special thank you to all our members who are part of our record numbers. And don’t forget that giving a zoo membership is a fantastic gift idea for Christmas!