This Christmas, as twilight falls across Chester Zoo a magical Christmas sorting office comes to life.
The zoo will be transformed into an enchanting world full of illumination and spellbinding theatrical adventure.
The sorcerer is back and has cast a spell to send the zoo to sleep….
The wise old owls have uncovered his dastardly plot…..
We need your help to break the spell.
Seek out the moths, sloths, giraffes and orangutans and gather clues from the incredible characters that you meet there. Then head to Owl HQ and share everything you’ve learned. Together we’ll save the zoo and stop everyone here from fa...
A pygmy marmoset, the world’s smallest species of monkey, has given birth to twins at the zoo.
The tiny babies, weighing in at just 15 grams, will measure just five inches in length when fully grown.
Arriving to mum Audrey and dad Gumi, the mini monkeys were born on 25 July but have only now grown to size whereby they’re big enough to spot.
Dr Nick Davis, Deputy Curator of Mammals at the zoo,...
Five tiny dwarf mongoose pups born at the zoo have emerged from their den for the first time.
The tiny youngsters, each similar in size to a Kit Kat Chunky, were spotted following in the footsteps of mum as they took their maiden steps into the outside world.
The quintet is the first litter for parents Mini and Cooper since the pair arrived at the zoo in late 2016.
Keepers were first alerted ...
The UK’s only dusky pademelons are set to make their public debut at Chester Zoo.
Rare miniature wallabies, Kai and Aru, will soon hop out into the limelight – the first time the unusual Indonesian animals have ever been seen at Chester.
The rare mammals, a species of marsupial, have arrived from Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.
Mammal keepers hope to eventually introduce the duo to a female as...
Sun bears Milli and Toni had a tough start to life. The pair were rescued as cubs by conservationists working in Cambodia. Toni, whose mother was killed by poachers, was seized from an illegal wildlife trader while Milli was being kept as a pet and was very badly mistreated.
Their brand new expansive habitats in our Islands zone provides them plenty of lush trees to climb and explore, places to ...
Today we have unveiled state-of-the-art new habitats for sun bears, Malayan tapirs and Asian songbirds!
We have added the huge new animal habitats to its £40m Islands zone – already the largest zoological development in the UK – which features animal species native to South East Asia.
The pocket-sized pups, which are yet to be named or sexed, arrived to mum Daissie and dad Nungu on 21 July weighing just 250g – no heavier than a bar of soap!
They may be short in stature but these tiny animals have a surprising genetic link - they are more closely related to the elephant than any other species on Earth, after evolving from a single common ancestor.
Rock hyraxes’ two large inci...
A pair of white-belted ruffed lemurs - a species critically endangered in the wild - have arrived at Chester Zoo in a bid to help save them from extinction.
The playful pair, named Andry and Loky, arrived at Chester after they were carefully matched up by conservationists.
The lemurs, which can only be found on the island of Madagascar, are one of the world’s rarest primates and their numbers ha...
Amazing footage has captured the moment a rare baby bear tries its hand at tree climbing for the very first time!
The thrill-seeking Andean bear cub – the first to be born in mainland Britain – got a little bit stuck to begin with but mum, Lima, was on hand to help her little one back down.
Zookeepers took to social media to share the charming images of the young cub scaling the treetops – a fea...
Two incredibly rare Eastern black rhino calves have been born in a week at Chester Zoo, boosting global numbers of the critically endangered species.
Both calves were delivered safely onto soft sand following pregnancies lasting around 15 months.
Incredible CCTV footage shows the birth and adorable wobbly steps of the first calf, with the youngster getting to its feet only minutes later.
The first Andean bear to be born in mainland Great Britain has emerged from its den at Chester Zoo.
The rare cub which is yet to be sexed, arrived to parents Lima (5) and Bernardo (7) in January and, after spending months snuggled away in its den, has now started to venture out and explore for the first time.
Made famous in the UK through the classic children’s character Paddington Bear, the An...
The zoo, a registered charity, is celebrating an unprecedented surge in new animal arrivals with the chicks joining two Asian elephant calves, a baby Bornean orangutan, two Rothschild’s giraffes, a pair of red river hoglets, a capybara pup and twin sengis in recent months.
Two “pocket-sized” piglets have been born at Chester Zoo.
The tiny pair of red river hogs, which are as yet unsexed and unnamed, arrived to first-time mum Mali (8) following a four-month-long pregnancy.
Red river hogs live in swamps and forests in western and central Africa and are said to be the most colourful member of the pig family. They are also the smallest of all African pigs.
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Two adorable African sengis have been born at the zoo.
The tiny twins - also known as round-eared elephant shrews – have been nicknamed Ping and Pong by zookeepers, as they are currently no bigger than table tennis balls.
Sengis grow to a maximum size of just four inches (10cm) and weigh no more than 45 grams. But, despite their small stature, the animals hav...
A rare pheasant usually found in the rainforests of South East Asia has been successfully bred at Chester Zoo for the first time.
The two newly-hatched great argus pheasant chicks arrived on Wednesday 3 May after a 24-day incubation.
Bird staff at the zoo have hailed the arrival of the young pair, with great argus pheasant numbers in steep decline across much of its native range.
The birds, w...
Chester Zoo is launching a massive public campaign to save critically endangered Indonesian songbirds from near certain, widespread extinction.
Millions of songbirds are captured illegally in Indonesian forests every year.
The illegal wildlife trade is the fourth largest international crime in the world, worth $19bn annually, with South East Asian songbirds among the worst affected but least pub...
Six-year-old mum Lily, who has become a real hit with zoo visitors since she was featured on the Channel 4 TV series The Secret Life of the Zoo, delivered her new pup in front of astonished onlookers.
The tiny youngster, who has not yet been sexed, was soon up on its feet and seen running around, climbing over mum and taking its first swim.
Although not currently listed as an endangered speci...
The 6ft-tall youngster, Narus, took his first tentative steps outside under the watchful eye mum, Orla, and the rest of the giraffe herd.
The adorable moment was captured on film by staff at the zoo.
Zookeepers have named their new arrival Narus after a valley in Kidepo National Park, Uganda, where the zoo’s conservationists are working to protect one of the last remaining populations of Rothsch...
CCTV cameras at Chester Zoo have captured the beautiful moment a rare Rothschild’s giraffe calf is born – including its first adorable wobbly steps.
The five-foot-tall youngster, which is yet to be sexed or named, arrived at 15:20 on Monday (April 3) to eight-year-old mum Orla.
Zookeepers say that Orla delivered her youngster smoothly following a four-hour labour; bringing an end to her 15-mo...
A rare baby Sulawesi crested macaque has been born at Chester Zoo to mum Lisa and dad Mamassa.
The tiny female youngster, which keepers have named Amidala, is a welcome boost to the European endangered species breeding programme that is working to protect the charismatic monkeys; listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The illegal wildli...
The third series of our heartwarming documentary, The Secret Life of The Zoo, returns to your screens on Tuesday 28 February at 8pm on Channel 4.
You’ll see new animal relationships blossoming, families changing and lots of new arrivals as you follow the lives of the world's most threatened species here at the zoo!
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