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How Chester Zoo was founded, 24 Sep 2011
This is the amazing tale of how Chester Zoo was founded by the Mottershead family.
During the 1930s, exotic creatures were often kept behind bars or chained in zoos due to ignorance and fear. People knew little about where the animals came from or their needs. Air travel was only for the very wealthy, there was no television or David Attenborough to inform them.
This is the story of how June's family tried to create a home for these poor creatures, a place where they could be happy and thrive. As a result, one of the world's most innovative and popular zoos evolved. Due to the family's resilience and perseverance, the zoo grew rapidly, despite initial local opposition to the idea of 'a zoo without bars' as well as World War 2 causing great financial hardship. Read about the family's struggles, adventures and successes during those early years.
Chester Zoo has pioneered the way forward for other zoos by trying to build enclosures that mimic the animal's natural habitats. Today, Chester is a world famous zoo, attracting over a million visitors a year. The zoo now focuses on education, breeding of endangered species and supporting projects which conserve the threatened species of animals and birds and their habitats around the world. Something the Mottershead family I'm sure would have been very proud of.