28 Aug 2013

Jenny Menzies, with husband Fraser and daughter Eva, became Chester Zoo’s one millionth visitor this year.  

Jenny Menzies, from Dunblane in Scotland, her husband Fraser and daughter Eva were presented with an animal adoption, complimentary tickets and a certificate to celebrate the landmark for the zoo.

We’re delighted to have reached the milestone earlier in the year than ever before in our 80-year history.

Head of guest and business operations, Dom Strange, said:

“This year’s fantastic, record-breaking figures are testimony to all of the incredibly hard work that every single member of staff puts in to making the zoo such a success. Last year we hit a million visitors on Sept 7 and in 2011, a year in which we posted our all-time record visitor numbers, it was Aug 31. So to have beaten those, and all records before them, is a real achievement.

“Very importantly, every visit also helps us add to the already huge number of conservation projects we support in the wild, both all over the world and here in the UK, which is why these numbers are ever so pleasing.

“The zoo is always evolving and offering new experiences and I think it’s more proof that we are doing things right and we’ll continue to make improvements for both animals and visitors as we go forward.”

Earlier this month work started on the zoo’s ambitious plans to transform an unoccupied part of our estate into the exotic islands of the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Bali, Sumatra, Sumba and Sulawesi. The Islands project – which is set to open in 2015 – aims to bring conservation to life in what is one of the biggest zoo developments in Europe.

You can find out more about the project on our Islands blog.