Posted by: travelrat | January 14, 2015

Chester Zoo

Meerkat Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo: 18th December 2014.

For years, I’ve been under the impression that the idea of a ‘zoo without bars’ was pioneered by Gerald Durrell at Jersey Zoo, in the early 1960s. I was wrong. He was predated by about 30 years by WWI veteran George Mottershead, who founded Chester Zoo in the grounds of a dilapidated manor house in the 1930s

We put Chester Zoo on our list when we saw the BBC television series ‘Our Zoo’ which tells the story of those early days.

The place has certainly expanded since then.

Most of the animals we have seen before … except the black rhino; elsewhere, they usually have white rhinos.

I think winter is a good time to visit a zoo. Although many of the animals are indoors, rather than ranging out in the open, in as close to their natural surroundings as possible, it’s nothing like as crowded. But, photographing through glass is a major pain!

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