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Re: Chester Zoo
« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2012, 09:59:31 pm »
That's very sad for them, but hopefully her sisters will be fine, Marwell lost their female snow leopard cub and she was taken ill very suddenly too.


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Re: Chester Zoo
« Reply #31 on: February 21, 2012, 09:17:52 pm »
The red ruffed lemurs have been replaced by black howler monkeys.

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Re: Chester Zoo
« Reply #32 on: March 15, 2012, 01:40:00 pm »
Went to Chester a couple of Saturdays ago. Can't believe how busy it was.

Probably the worst orang experience there ever, they had broken a window in two of the indoor enclosures so only one in action, got a glimpse of Utara, Puluh's back and outside Emma and Indah were just disappearing. The Bornean babies and mums were out (Martha missing) but the windows were really steamed up so couldn't really see them. There were some people who'd come from Bristol and particularly wanted to see the orangs, at least I could point them back to the Borneans which they'd missed because they are not obviously a separate group.

Went to the chimps and Boris responded to my greeting and came over and settled himself down for a chat, the man next to me was dead impressed but quite quickly a commotion developed and B had to go and check it out. He is so lovely, he looks a bit slow but otherwise really good! I also saw Heidi whose 'artwork' I bought, she has had cataract surgery and always seems to sit by the door. Nicky who is a nice, huge lad was sitting with Heidi when one of the kids came up behind him, he turned round and started to run away giving Nicky a swift kick as he did, it was so like a naughty human, Nicky went after him and it seemed to end amicably as they came back together. Tina, the youngest chimp was being teased by one of the older ones who stole the rope she'd used to swing across to the bars, she ended up using him to climb down instead. They are a lovely group.

The red pandas were both on the ground eating bamboo, it's the first time I've ever seen them being so active.

Saw both bears, they are currently separated and have been for months, Sangay came very close (melon may have played a part).

Iblis the lion is looking much more mature, there was lots of roaring going on and he was chasing one of the females.

Sadly the cheetah cubs are still off-show, fingers crossed for Adaze who has been mated recently.

The tiger cubs woke up when there was a rain/hail storm. One was trying to lick Fabi's (dad) back dry, he was looking very resigned! The other laid out in the rain but go dried off by Kirana. It's amazing how drying cats licking can be. They are growing fast, watch out Fabi, they'll be a handful!

The other baby is a tapir, she was not visible when I first went by so I sacrificed my late visit to the orangs to see if I could catch her. I was lucky, the keeper was just bringing food and Talia emerged from the capybara house where she has decided to live. It's so cute "This door is just my size, I'll live in here". She won't be able to get in for much longer. I have a mental picture of her and the capybara up all hours, playing on playstation, eating junk food whilst Mr & Mrs tapir are asleep in the tapir house!

They've refurbished the jaguar house, didn't see Pele the black jag outside which I'd hoped to, he didn't used to be able to go out but now he and Sophia go out and make a spectacular sight - him black and her spotty! They have a new HUGE fish tank and some sloths which were doing what sloths do best up in their tree.

It's such a big place I always leave thinking I've missed loads!

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Re: Chester Zoo
« Reply #33 on: March 15, 2012, 07:53:46 pm »
Great visit, though disappointing about the orangutans, wonder why they broke 2 windows, it's a bit anarchic.

That is a wonderful chimpanzee group at Chester, they seem very united.  It's fantastic that they can do cataract surgery on primates makes a huge difference to their quality of life.  Romina - one of the adult female gorillas at Bristol - had her life transformed after getting her cataracts removed and lens replaced in both eyes as she was quite blind.

Yes it is a massive place, you need a whole day to just walk around, let alone spend any length of time at each enclosure.


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Re: Chester Zoo
« Reply #35 on: March 20, 2012, 08:11:00 pm »
Lovely photos, the rock hyrax is so cute and of course the chimpanzees look great, fantastic group.


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Re: Chester Zoo
« Reply #36 on: March 20, 2012, 10:13:45 pm »
I forgot I caught the baby anteater too, it was out and about because it was a nic day. Weird creatures.

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Re: Chester Zoo
« Reply #37 on: April 09, 2012, 02:52:06 pm »
We had a nice visit to Chester. Boris was great, he seems to realise he has a duty to the public to show up for the chimp talk and gaze round with a benign expression.

We reported one of the Sumatran orangs who was trying to smash a newly replaced window with a rock. At one point we could see 6 out of the 7 of them and the gibbon out in the waterfall enclosure, Utara now has more amazing hair than ever!

Martha was out with all the other Borneans (except Tuan). It's lovely to see her, she's the oldest orang in the UK (I think). Her two daughters had a bit of a stand-off, well a sit-off, Leia was using Latifah as an 'orang-shield' but Iznee the little male was totally oblivious to the tension and just bounced around. Leia ws giving the two young ones lessons in dismantling things. Iznee tried to pinch my glasses when I did keeper for the day and he still seems fascinated, I was waggling them in an Eric Morecambe kind of way and he was fascinated!

The young elephants obliged and took a swim in the pool. Jamilah still seems to like pushing other people in!

Finally I got to see Pele the black jaguar outside for the first time, he looked beautiful in the sun.

As we were leaving we had a 'missing tiger cub' scare, only one cub was out and about and Kirana was making some noises that could have been interpreted (by non-experts) as distress. Missing cub was discovered inside chomping away on a big bone, phew!

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Re: Chester Zoo
« Reply #38 on: June 14, 2012, 12:39:01 am »
The tuatara are still too young to breed. The eggs were infertile.

That's a real shame, but I'm sure they will get there soon

Apparently one egg was fertile and a tutara hatched.it did not survive. It is thought to be the first hatching outside New Zealand.

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Re: Chester Zoo
« Reply #39 on: September 16, 2012, 11:37:31 pm »
There are now three male red-fronted lemurs on the lemur island.

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Re: Chester Zoo
« Reply #40 on: September 17, 2012, 10:11:38 am »
Sadly Sumatran orangutan Budi has left Chester but on the plus side both adult females are pregnant.

As are the okapi, 3 elephants, 3 rhino...

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Re: Chester Zoo
« Reply #41 on: September 17, 2012, 10:12:57 am »
There are now three male red-fronted lemurs on the lemur island.

Are the red-ruffed lemurs still on there? I've lost track.

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Re: Chester Zoo
« Reply #42 on: December 22, 2012, 03:40:24 pm »
Not seen any lemurs on the island for a while but the ruffed lemurs are still labelled.

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Re: Chester Zoo
« Reply #43 on: December 27, 2012, 11:35:45 am »
I saw the ringtails sitting up in the trees in the sunshine about 3 weeks ago.