15 Oct 2021
A message from our CEO, Jamie Christon

We are devastated to the learn of the death of Conservative MP Sir David Amess, who very sadly died earlier today from his injuries following an attack in his local area.

Sir David, the MP for Southend West, was a huge supporter and advocate of the work we do here at the zoo and visited us only last October. Today, I wanted to share with you some kind words he sent to us in a letter following his visit:

“Chester Zoo is unquestionably one of the finest zoos I have ever visited, and you employ such excellent staff who are very dedicated. I am committed to ensuring that zoos such as yours continue to prosper, particularly with your wonderful conservation work.”

As the Vice Chair of the Zoos & Aquariums All Party Parliamentary Group, Sir David’s passion for wildlife, zoos and conservation will be greatly missed by all.

Our thoughts and condolences are very much with David’s family, friends and loved ones at this difficult time.

Jamie Christon, Chief Executive Officer

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