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!