Chester Zoo is at Upton just outside Chester, in Cheshire .It was opened in 1931 by George Mottershead in what was a village outside Chester but is now part of that old Roman city.
George had a passion for animals from his childhood and despite being injured in World War 1 he was determined to start his own zoo. Initially the villagers of Upton were opposed to the venture until they saw some of the animals. George wanted to build a zoo that was different from others at the time. He didn't want cages for the animals; he wanted moats and ditches to separate the animals from the public and wanted large open areas for them to feel freer than animals were in other zoos.
In 1986, in line with British laws some animals had to be enclosed by fences.
The zoo has undergone major improvements and is now a centre of excellence in animal conservation.
I went there today with my family as a birthday treat for my husband and grandson. This just goes to show that there is something at Chester Zoo for all ages.