We just had our members only preview of the new section of Chester Zoo dubbed ‘Islands’ and I thought I’d give Daddycated readers a heads up on the latest attraction at this fabulous place.
Naturally the weather was pretty poor, but we didn’t let that put us off. We love Chester Zoo and have renewed our annual passes for three years in a row – soon to be four!
After queuing for a short while we were allowed to go in and wander around the new area. The zoo did a great job of controlling the numbers in the crowd and we felt well looked after. Everything was well finished and looked safe for kids, except the lazy boat ride – only kids that can sit up are allowed on it. Not long for us to wait then!
It appears the still have work left to do to complete the island experience – two of the islands are still under construction. What we did see was a really well laid out landscaped park with linked pathways into each habitat. Of course there are a couple of new shops and a large food court selling ‘street food’ from south east asia – they have to make their money somewhere. It must have cost a fortune planting all those wonderful tropical plant displays!
On the menu were some rice and noodles dishes (veggie and meat), a chicken curry, Indonesian style wraps, Bendang Burgers, Normal Burgers and Kids Burgers. Prices ranging from £7.50 to £2.75.
The odd bit is we actually only saw one species of animal within the Islands section – the rare wild ‘Visayan Warty Pigs’ form the Philippines. There will be a crocodile in the part they are still developing once it’s open. I’m not sure if we missed animals while we were there, but I suppose we were expecting more and we left feeling a little underwhelmed.
We ended up going into the main section of the zoo where we all witnessed two Spider Monkeys investigation each other in a way that required explanation to my four year old. I just made up some old rubbish about cleaning each other. See photos below.
All in all, I have no doubt ‘Islands’ will be an amazing attraction for the zoo once fully open to the public, although I would suggest to wait until it’s fully open if you’re not a member.
Find out more here Chester Zoo Islands