At the end of our trip to Harrogate we tagged on (a bit of a massive) detour to Chester Zoo. We’d watched the BBC show ‘Our Zoo’ and thought it sounded awesome and although it was a little out of the way, we knew we wouldn’t be that far north for a while so decided to make the most of it.
I can safely say it was well worth the detour. Huxley’s little face when he saw the elephants was the best thing I’ve ever seen. We’re talking pure joy. As a parent, it doesn’t get much better than that. Hux has been able to make an elephant noise for a very long time now and it’s one of the few animals he’s always been able to recognise with no prompts. There aren’t any elephants in any of the zoos down south so it was worth the trip just for them. They even had a baby elephant! In fact, you don’t even need a ticket into the zoo to see the elephants!
I suggested going in the butterfly house and Nick laughed at me and told me it was too boring but that he’d humour me by going in anyway. Turns out, Huxley loved it. The butterflies are free to fly around the room so you often get bashed in the head by fluttering wings and Huxley was giggling his little head off every time one of them came near him.
During our visit we also saw a lion, a bear, a baby giraffe, a baby rhino, a red panda and tons of monkeys. Nick’s already declared it the best zoo he’s ever been to and we know we’ll definitely go back one day when Huxley is older.
The zoo is massive. We were there from 11-3.30pm and there were some bits that we missed out and some bits that we rushed round so it really is a whole day out. And on top of that, in June, they’re opening a whole new section called ‘Islands‘ which looks AMAZING. It’s the biggest zoo project in history (the size of 7 football pitches!) and features a monsoon forest (the largest indoor zoo exhibit in the UK), a recreation of 6 South East Asian islands and a 15-minute boat ride. So you’ll probably need 2 days to get round the whole zoo when that opens!