New Arrivals at Chester Zoo

I visited Chester Zoo in England early in the New Year, just in time to see a couple of their new arrivals. I have to admit to having mixed emotions about zoos, but Chester is one of the good ones, involved in tons of important conservation work around the World, not least of which is the captive breeding of endangered animals.

On a chilly February morning, we were among the early hardy visitors through the gates. Almost immediately we were greeted by our first new arrival of the day, seven-week-old Indian Elephant, Indali Hi Way.

The Dawn Patrol

Indali Hi Way and her mum, Sundara

Indali and Sundara are joined by Indali’s cousin, Nandita

It was an absolute pleasure to watch Indali going for a walk with her mum, Sundara Hi Way, playing with her one-year-old half-sister, Nandita, and learning to feed with the other elephants of the Hi Way herd.

Feeding time

Can I have a go, Mum?

I challenge you not to say, ‘Aw!’

Just two weeks before our visit, Chester welcomed a second baby Indian Elephant into the World. The newest arrival’s name is Nayan, but he was still too small to be out and about with his cousin Indali when we were there.

Eventually, though, it was time to pull ourselves away from Indali and the Hi Way family and head over to what, for me at least, was going to be the highlight of the day.

We arrived at the giraffe house to find most of the herd outside, taking an early morning stroll around their enclosure.

Heading our for a walk

But the big draw was inside, in the form of tiny Murchison, the newest member of Chester’s herd of Rothschild’s giraffes. Born just five weeks before, on Boxing Day, Murchison had only ventured outside for his first walk two weeks earlier.

Heading back in to check on Murchison

On the morning I met him, he was taking it easy indoors. But he was a joy, nonetheless!

Is it just me, or does Murchison look rather regal?

Unless threatened, both giraffes and elephants are by nature calm animals. And you can’t help but be calmed yourself, watching them gently go about their daily lives. Especially when they’re only a few weeks old.

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This post was inspired by the photo themes of Words with the letter ‘G’ in them from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge,  Pedestrian from Krista of The Daily Post and Calm from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack?



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11 Responses to New Arrivals at Chester Zoo

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    These are fabulous photos. 😀 😀

  2. Oh, baby elephants and giraffes. What’s not to like???


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  5. ailsapm says:

    Squee, they are too darned adorable for words. 🙂

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  7. So cute, those babies! Great photos, Jaspa. 🙂

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