Charity cocktail event to reveal animals’ shocking secrets!


We all know the animal kingdom is incredible, but very few of us know its most bizarre secrets.

In a special adults-only cocktail evening, experts from Chester Zoo will be guests of honour at The Alchemist in the city centre, providing an insight into the weird and wonderful mating habits of animals.

For instance: human dating is tricky enough, but imagine being a male Komodo dragon – the species’ females have done away with the need for males altogether!

Female Komodo dragons are able to lay fertile eggs without ever coming into contact with a male – a process called parthenogenesis.

The event promises to leave people astounded by what they see and hear.

Discover the surprising sexual habits of Madagascar’s fiercest predators and the story of a fish that changes sex as it gets older.

The light-hearted affair is being held at The Alchemist tomorrow (Thursday 16th May) starting at 6.30pm.

Tickets, which include a cocktail, rum samples and nibbles, are £18.72 per person, with £5 from every ticket sold going towards one of the zoo’s conservation projects.

To book a place, please click here.


A few interesting tit-bits to get you in the mood… 

• Water boatman have singing willies! The tiny insects can create noises up to 99 decibels by rubbing their penises on their abdomens (a process called stridulation)

• Snakes and lizards have two penises – known as ‘hemipenes’

• Barnacles have the largest penis comparative to body size in the animal kingdom – 40 times the length of their body