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Chester Zoo Is Doing A Virtual Tour Today

Chester Zoo Is Doing A Virtual Tour Today

If we told you we're off to the zoo today, you'd think we'd lost the plot. But with Chester Zoo launching a virtual day out, you can visit eight of the animal houses from the comfort of your own home.

With the UK on lockdown and Chester Zoo currently closed in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus, the team have decided to bring the zoo to us, so we can all enjoy a day out (in) with the animals. So. Excited.

Posting on Facebook, Chester Zoo explained the virtual tours will run all day, starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm.

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They shared a schedule, but explained it could alter slightly during the course of the day, adding that there could be a few surprises thrown in, too.

The tour will kick off with the endangered red pandas, before moving on to the giraffes at 11 o'clock and heading over to see the Asian elephants at midday

The tiger tour is at 2.30pm (Credit: PA)
The tiger tour is at 2.30pm (Credit: PA)

This afternoon, visitors will be met with a jam-packed schedule of visiting the butterflies at 1pm, followed by the sun bears, tigers and penguins between 2-3pm.

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The final visit of the day will be to the aquarium at 4pm!

"As you can't come to the zoo right now, we'll bring the zoo to you! Join us LIVE on our Facebook page from 10am when we'll be throwing open our 'virtual gates'," they wrote.

"So, break up the boredom of being at home and, for the first time ever, enjoy a whole day of animal antics, live from your sofa!"

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The schedule is as follows:

  • 10am - Red Pandas
  • 11am - Rothschild's giraffes
  • 12pm - Asian elephants
  • 1pm - Butterflies
  • 2pm - Sun bears
  • 2.30pm - Sumatran tigers
  • 2.45pm - Humboldt penguins
  • 4pm - Aquarium

"Come and join the fun. The animals are waiting," they continued, adding: "Running order may be subject to ever so slight changes... and there may be more surprises throughout the day!"

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Last week, Chester Zoo announced it would be closing for the foreseeable future, but reassured the public that the animals are still receiving the same levels of love and care they get under normal circumstances.

"How long this will be for, we simply don't know, but we really hope it plays a part in slowing down the spread of this awful virus," they said in a statement.

A trip to see the red pandas is first on the schedule (Credit: PA)
A trip to see the red pandas is first on the schedule (Credit: PA)
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"Rest assured, that our incredibly dedicated animal experts, including zookeepers, vets and scientists will continue to ensure that the animals at the zoo enjoy the same levels of care and attention they receive all year round.

"Meanwhile, various other teams will be working from home and will continue fighting to give a brighter future for endangered species all around the world."

See you at 10am guys!

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Life News, Chester Zoo, Coronavirus

Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]