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.