UK: “Go Ahead“ for Chester Zoo’s Grasslands Project
After England’s Chester Zoo submitted its plans for the creation of a new Africa theme area called “Grasslands“ earlier this year (cf. EAP-News of 23 Apr 2019), the project was approved by councillors at a planning meeting, subject to final confirmation that a drainage issue has been fully resolved. The plans also include the option for the zoo to develop overnight accomodation, comprising of 42 rooms including traditional African-themed lodges.
Jamie Christon, Chief Operating Officer of Chester Zoo, said: “Grasslands will be a phenomenal experience and will cement Chester Zoo’s standing as one of the world’s very best attractions. Featuring state-of-the art conservation breeding facilities for a range of threatened African species, Grasslands will yet again see the zoo push the boundaries of world-class animal care. Crucially, it will bring our vital, global conservation work to life for visitors, while boostig the zoo’s charitable income to further help achieve our mission to prevent extinction, here in the UK and around the world.“ (eap)