Chester Zoo in United Kingdom

Chester Zoo
Photo © Eveline De Wolf, Chester Zoo.
Photo © Eveline De Wolf, Chester Zoo.


Owner1930-1934: George Mottershead
1934-now: North of England Zoological Society
Size51 hectares (130 acres)
First elephant arrived1941
Opened for public1931
Address Caughall Road
Zip-code CH2 1LH
Place Chester
Country United Kingdom
Website Website


Key People


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants
-: Mick Jones
(elephant head-keeper)
-: Les Hills
(elephant head-keeper)
-: Richard Frazer
(elephant head-keeper)
2008-2012: Eveline Wolf
(elephant head-keeper)

Elephant keepers -: Gavin Bourchier
2018-now: Lizzy Emmerson
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Chester Zoo, located at Caughall Road, in Chester, United Kingdom , was founded in 1930, opened for public in 1931 and the first elephant arrived in 1941.

Living elephants

At the Chester Zoo lives 6 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Anjan Hi Way born 2018-05-17
  2. Aung Bo born 2001-07-16
  3. Indali Hi Way born 2016-12-17
  4. Maya born 1966
  5. Riva Hi Way born 2020-02-26
  6. Sundara born 2004-03-07

Comments / pictures1930: The Mottershead family bought Oakfield Estate in Upton by Chester, and after they were granted permission by the the Ministry of Health, opened the zoo next year, accepting its first pair of elephants from a circus in 1941.

1960: The almost completion of the Pachyderm House, which was ready to accommodate elephants, rhinos and hippopotamus.

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Chester elephants enjoying their evening meal in the stables, March 2008. Photo © Audrey Mealiff

References for records about Chester Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2021). Chester Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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