Going to the Zoo

We had a family tradition when the kids were younger that we would visit Chester Zoo in the hiatus between Christmas and the New Year. Now they are grown, it is a tradition that lapsed, at least until Tuesday.

Work and other commitments meant that we had to wait until the calendar turned to 2017 before we could all be together for a family outing and off we set.

I appreciate that the zoo concept is not entirely fashionable these days especially among animal rights activists. While I agree that there are ethical issues in caging creatures that would naturally roam free, the two big plus points are the work they do in conserving endangered species and the opportunity they give us to see and appreciate creatures we would only otherwise ever see on tv.

If you want to get into the why and wherefores such ethical dilemmas you can read what animal rights attorney Doris Lin has to say on the subject. Personally, I like the zoo.

Chester Zoo was established in 1931 by one George Mottershead who had a dream of creating a zoo without bars which is pretty much what you see today. And the breeding programme is thriving. The gallery below includes a two-week old elephant but I wasn’t able to get a photo of the rare Rothschild’s Giraffe calf born on Boxing Day so I’ve included the video from YouTube.

The zoo is certainly a great place for taking photos and I’ll leave you with a gallery of some of the snaps I took on Tuesday.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

7 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 5th January 2017

    Great pictures Ian. It would have also been nice to see the Parrot family enjoying lunch in the cafe – hippo burgers washed down with warm giraffe milk in rhino horns.

    • Mr Parrot 5th January 2017

      You know what they say about rhino horns – you wake up in the night with an insatiable urge to charge a jeep.

      • Yorkshire Pudding 5th January 2017

        Oh no! I cannot say that…. I have had to censor my response for fear of causing grave offence.

  • Trevor Rowley 6th January 2017

    I think I’ve been to Chester Zoo on two occasions. The second occasion would have been a family day out with “mes enfants” and was just your average “let’s see the animals, let’s have an ice cream, then let’s have our butties” – (for our non-British chums, those are our sandwiches). The more memorable occasion was the first time, a school trip when I was in the “top class” at junior school, before we all went our separate was to senior school. The day at the zoo was , yet again, just what you might have expected it to be, but the journey home was memorable for one thing and one thing only – one of our classmates had obviously had to much to eat and drink and the swaying and up and down of the coach (we called them “charas” in those days – from the word charabanc) had affected him, or her, so badly that they were violently sick. Unfortunately, the end product of this travel sickness went backwards and forwards down the centre isle for the remainder of the journey and until we finally disembarked back at school. The overpowering aroma was “choice” and put paid to any fond memories of the zoo that we might have had.

    • Yorkshire Pudding 6th January 2017

      No exactly Sweet Afton that day Trevor…

      Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green braes,
      Flow gently, I’ll sing thee a song in thy praise;
      My Mary’s asleep by thy murmuring stream,
      Flow gently, sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.

  • elizabeth 7th January 2017

    Oh, dear! That comment leaves me thinking about a long-ago school trip of my own. I’m glad your family had a successful outing and thanks for sharing the photos. Best of the new year to you and the Parrot Family.

    • Mr Parrot 7th January 2017

      Thank you, Elizabeth and all the best to you and yours for 2017.


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