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Chester Zoo announces details of £30 million development

Date Posted: 03/04/2014

Chester Zoo has started work on transforming an unoccupied part of its attraction into an area resembling the exotic islands of the Philippines.

School trip organisers will be able to take parties to the new £30 million development, called Islands, from spring next year.

Linked by a series of bridges and including a journey on water, Islands will be home to animals and plants from the south-east Asian islands.

Some of the animals students on a school trip can expect to see include warty pigs, banteng cattle, cassowaries, Sumatran tigers, Sulawesi macaques, Sumatran orangutans and sunda gharial crocodiles.

Priority booking for school visits

Teachers will be able to ensure their students are amongst the first through the doors to see Islands with school group bookings being taken from June.

Dominic Strange from Chester Zoo said: “Islands is a whole new experience that will take zoo visitors on a new and vibrant journey that brings them closer to the real habitats and animals of south-east Asia.

“Group parties can ensure their place on this extraordinary adventure well ahead of time and make the zoo their must-see destination for 2015.”

Zoo familiarisation trips can be arranged ahead of a visit.

For further school trip information contact:

0870-720 1507

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