Chester Zoo is celebrating a momentous milestone – its 100,000th member!
This is an all-time high for the zoo’s membership scheme, which provides a range of benefits including: unlimited entry, invitations to special talks and events and discounts in its shops and cafes.
Memberships and adoptions manager, Karolyn Curwell said: “We’re absolutely delighted at the success of our membership scheme.
“It reflects the huge efforts of every one of our staff members to provide the best possible experience for our visitors.
“With more than 21,000 animals to come and see at Chester Zoo, daily talks from our zoo rangers, fabulous play areas and a full programme of family-friendly, seasonal events, there is so much for our visitors to see and do while they are here.
“It’s wonderful that so many people are choosing to join our family of members, returning again and again to enjoy all the many delights this very special place has to offer.”
The zoo’s lucky 100,000th member was Kirsty Witham from Bebington, Wirral.
She has been awarded a special, honorary lifetime membership to the zoo, and says she couldn’t be more pleased. She will now enjoy free entry to the zoo… for life!
Kirsty commented: “It was quite a shock to find out I was going to be made an honorary lifetime member, but such a nice surprise.
“I have very happy memories of coming to the zoo as a child and now my children love to visit here, too. There’s so much to do and there always seems to be something different to see.
“It made sense to take advantage of the family membership so we can enjoy coming here together more often.
“Since we’ve become members, a friend of ours has joined, and my sister is thinking of signing up for it. It seems like everyone wants to get the benefits of membership!”
Chester Zoo staff say is always something new for members and visitors to look forward to, with ongoing developments sensitively transforming the attraction.
This is part of a long-term plan to create large-scale themed zones; continuing the ‘always building’ philosophy of Chester Zoo’s founder George Mottershead.
Following on from the success of the zoo’s Islands zone, where visitors can explore the tropical realms of six South East Asian islands, construction has begun on the next themed area: a Madagascan forest.
This will create an immersive, walk-through habitat that will allow visitors to get closer to the zoo’s lemurs than ever before. It’s due to open towards the end of the year.
Meanwhile, another brand new state-of-the-art habitat has just opened on Islands.
Home to two species of marsupial from the Indonesian island of Papa New Guinea: the diminutive dusky pademelon, which is vulnerable to extinction, and the exquisite, but endangered, Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo.
The latter is a new species at the zoo, which is under threat from hunting and habitat loss.
You can find out more about Chester Zoo’s membership scheme online at: chesterzoo.org.