08 January 2021

A great place to take your students to explore a South East Asian forest habitat in the middle of Chester Zoo!  With free flying birds, primates, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and amazing plants, there’s so much to see and learn about.

19 October 2020

Ferrero UK helping us to create a sustainable future, one city at a time.

30 April 2020
Our education programmes are an important part of our mission of preventing extinction. They inspire people to care about and, more importantly, take action for the natural world. We deliver a lot of our education activities with people when they visit the zoo, but we know not everyone is able to come to us. 

To achieve our conservation mission, it’s important that we reach as many people as possible. So, in 2009, we took the zoo on the road and launched our free Safari Ranger outreach service, taking zoo education workshops out to schools and community groups in our local area.

We started with one Safari Ranger and a handful of workshops for primary school aged children.  Over the last decade, our offer and team has grown hugely. We now work across the North West of England and into North Wales. In 2019, we delivered a huge 2,500 workshops engaging almost 80,000 participants ranging from early years groups through to university aged students, and everything in between.


Whilst Safari Ranger workshops can be booked by any school within a 60 minute drive of the zoo, we have particularly focused our projects on those schools who might face additional barriers to visiting.  We aim to work with schools who have had limited previous engagement with the zoo and who have high numbers of pupils eligible for free school meals. Projects are linked to one of our main conservation campaigns and aim to empower pupils to act for wildlife, as well as generating learning across the curriculum.

Since the pilot phase, 100s of schools have been involved in taking action for our Sing for Songbirds campaign, our Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge and more recently our Wildlife Connections campaign which focuses on the threats facing UK Wildlife. Each project involves multiple visits from our team to the school and a trip to the zoo. In some cases, families from those schools are also supported to visit the zoo with free tickets and resources linked to their children’s learning.


20 March 2020

As we approach Mother’s Day, we shine a light on the special women in our lives, who have watched us grow, taught us right from wrong and held our hand through the highs and lows of adolescent life. Some mothers live high up in trees in the tropical rainforests across Sumatra, and have to fight to help protect their families from an ever-changing world, that is driving their species to extinction.

25 October 2019

2019 has seen the engulfing of the world’s forests as a warming planet continues to choke under smoke and flames. Despite the trials, heroes continue the fight.

26 September 2019

We’ve been working with Ignite TSA and 45 schools across the region to place conservation at the heart of school curriculum, empowering the conservationists of the future.

15 November 2018

For many years our conservationists have been working behind the scenes with key partners to help drive up standards of sustainable palm oil.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has just announced its new, improved standards which deliver deforestation free palm oil.

This marks a significant step forwards, fighting back against the habitat destruction that is pushing wildlife towards extinction.

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees. Up to 50% of products in an average UK supermarket now contain it.

If we were to stop using palm oil, we would need to find an alternative to supply the global demand for edible vegetable oils. Because other oil crops – such as coconuts, olives, sunflowers and maize – are less productive per square kilometre, even more land would need to be converted to agriculture – causing even greater environmental damage.

The solution is to demand sustainable, deforestation free palm oil. Write to your MP, retailers and manufacturers. Look for the RSPO label on packaging. Choose sustainable. It’s time to Act For Wildlife.

Note: The RSPO’s no deforestation standards are following the High Carbon Stock Approach. Full details off the RSPO’s updated standards can be found on their website here: https://www.rspo.org/ga/ga15/Resolutions/RSPO_P&C_2018.pdf

How Chester Zoo is fighting for orangutans

Chester Zoo cares for two groups of critically endangered orangutans as part of a crucial conservation breeding programme for the species; our conservationists are working with field partners in Borneo, utilising the zoo’s skills and resources to help protect rainforest habitats for orangutans in the wild; we are campaigning here in the UK to increase awareness and demand for sustainable palm oil among consumers; we are working behind the scenes to continue to drive up standards in the sustainable palm oil industry; and we are working with businesses to make Chester the world’s first Sustainable Palm Oil City.

12 June 2018

It is the first major gathering ever held at the Houses of Parliament to unite wide ranging experts on the issue – from across the food industry, the conservation community and British politics.  Conservationists from Chester Zoo – organising the event – will discuss the damage to rainforests caused by unsustainable palm oil production and the benefits that sustainable production can bring.