Fantastic Talk by Dr Mark Pilgrim Director general of Chester Zoo.
http://www.chesterzoo.org/ web link to Chester zoo
Chester Zoo was established in 1931. which is part of the North of England zoological society (charity) by a man named George Mottershead. he was inspired to create a “zoo without bars”.
below is a link to the history of Chester Zoo.
They receive around 1.4 million visitors a year! Bringing in people must be difficult But they do it. If you have ever been to Chester Zoo, you will know how impressive and enjoying the zoo really is.
Now not everyone is in favor for zoos. But Chester Zoo isn’t simply a Zoo. Their mission is to be a major force in conserving biodiversity worldwide, and they do it through a combination of field Conservation, research, conservation breeding, animal welfare, and education.
They belong to a number of UK, European and international organisations, including the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).
Chester Zoo has been involved in several native species reintroduction projects including Sand Lizards, Hazel Dormice, Black Poplar and Harvest Mice.
They also support conservation breeding and reintroduction projects abroad as part of our field programmes, including the Mauritius Fody and Mauritius Olive White-eye in the Mascarenes, and conservation centers in the Philippines breeding several endemic species.
I will be the first to admit a few years ago I wasn’t in favor of Zoos. But with all the fantastic work that Chester zoo does my opinion has changed completely. I think Zoos are important both for conservation and educating the world.
Unfortunately there are still many zoos around the world that don’t give the animals the proper care and attention they need. The zoo is simply a place for people to go and observe the poor animals. This thankfully isn’t the case with Chester and with that they continue to work with other zoos around the world to improve them.