Quingo Scooters are always encouraging users to get out and about and to spend a day out visiting interesting or unusual places on their mobility scooters.
Today we want to share with you one of the world’s premier zoos. A trip to the zoo is a really enjoyable day for all ages and interests. You get to see animals you would never get to see in the outside world, making it a truly unique experience to enjoy on your mobility scooter!
Chester Zoo, located at Upton in Cheshire, and has 125 acres of award winning gardens. Opened in 1931, it is home to 20,000 animals, and the Zoo has a wide variety of conservation projects at home and abroad. Chester Zoo has been rated 5 out of 5 stars for accessibility on Euan’s Guide, and so we want to share the highlights of this fun accessible day out.
Chester Zoo has a massive 20,000 animals from 500 different species. It’s interesting to note that around half of those species are on the threatened list! The Zoo is one of the world’s leading centres for conservation, working to protect animals and plants from extinction in the UK and worldwide.
There are ramps and lifts to access all the indoor enclosures and they are all clearly identifiable. The ramps also have at least one rail alongside for extra stability. Most of the animal enclosures, including the elephant and the penguin enclosures, have a low viewing glass which makes it easy for mobility scooter users to get a good view.
Islands at Chester Zoo is a recreation of the tropical environments of the six South East Asian islands, made available for visitors to explore at their leisure. You will become real-life conservationists as you move through the different islands. Visitors are encouraged to write down and record their findings, which may include what it is that’s pushing some of the wildlife to extinction. It’s important to report any evidence recorded to the Zoo’s conservationists which will help them with their research and vital projects in the field.
Check out the interactive islands map before you go to find out more about Panay, Papua, Bali, Sumatra, Monsoon Forest, Sumba and Sulawesi.
Dinosaurs… The Next Adventure
Running from the 28th May to the 4th September this year, Dinosaurs… The Next Adventure is a journey back in time to the Jurassic Period. You’ll be able to experience life amongst the predators and their prey, from one of the biggest carnivores of all, the Giganotosaurus right through to the gentle plant eating Brachiosaurus.
The exhibition has been away for 4 years, but is returning in May due to popular demand with Chester Zoo’s largest collection of dinosaurs so far.
Throughout the Zoo there are accessible toilet facilities, and there’s a handy map you can use to check where the nearest one is. There’s also 100 parking bays located near the entrance for disabled visitors.
There are lifts for mobility scooters available at Oakfield House and in the Realm of the Red Ape enclosure. All of the other indoor animal enclosures have a ramp for easy access, with at least one hand bar and double doors to enable full accessibility for your scooter.
Chester Zoo offer free entry for an accompanying carer per a full paying adult purchasing a disabled ticket. It’s worth noting that prices do change depending on what day you’re wanting to visit. We’d always recommend checking and booking online via the Chester Zoo website first. You can also find opening times on the website too and plenty of other helpful information.
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