DD is a bit of an adrenaline junkie, which surprises most people who know her as she is a very quiet child. However, she loves roller-coasters and has infected her brother with her enthusiasm. Their idea of a brilliant day out is to visit a theme park. I have never yet paid anything like full entrance price. Yesterday I used my points from S*insburys to pay for entrance to Chessington World of Adventures.
This ticks a number of boxes; fun, scary and exciting roller-coasters for my thrill-seeking offspring and an aquarium and zoo for their more sedate mother. The children are old and trustworthy enough to go around the rides themselves, leaving me and my camera to explore the zoo.
This is a Grevy's zebra. Aren't those patterns fabulous? Apparently each pattern is unique.
Who can resist meerkats?
Well, I can't! This little chap was acting as sentinel.
They had proper big zoo animals as well, including an iconic Asiatic lion:
I was very glad there was some sturdy, thick glass between me and this fellow:
These are Humboldt penguins from South America.
This sea-lion was having a break between shows.
These are Asian short-clawed otters. I arrived just after feeding time:
Like most zoos in the UK, Chessington is actively involved in conservation projects around the world and they work hard to educate their visitors. My Mother-in-law can remember visiting the zoo on a school trip. I just hope that some of today's visitors leave the roller-coaster queues long enough to take a look!