Chester Zoo is celebrating this week after officially been crowned the best large visitor attraction in England for 2022.
The UK’s largest charity zoo was crowned both Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and also received silver in the Resilience and Innovation category at the prestigious VisitEngland Excellence Awards that were held in Birmingham earlier this week, and was praised for its efforts in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was also commended for offering visitors “a world class day out”.
Chester Zoo was representing Cheshire at the national awards this week after it automatically qualified ofd the back of two successful award wins at the Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards earlier in the year.
Bosses at the zoo say the award “means the world to us”, and has thanked all its visitors and everyone that supported it for helping it take home the coveted title.
Speaking on the win, Jamie Christon – CEO at Chester Zoo – said: “As one of the world’s leading charity zoos, we put everything into our conservation work both here in the UK and globally.
“Our huge team live and breathe wildlife conservation, from our animal and plant care, to our scientific breakthroughs, our policy work in government, through to our education programmes that are helping people from all walks of life to learn about nature.
“We’re fighting to tackle the root causes of wildlife decline, doing whatever it takes to create a brighter future for endangered species around the world – but none of this could be possible without people coming to the zoo.
“In doing so each and every person is contributing to our incredible species-saving work and so a huge thank you goes out to everyone that has visited and supported us.
“It means the world to us.
“This national award firmly confirms Chester Zoo as one of the must-see places to visit in the country.”
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