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Chester Zoo announces UK’s first immersive 360° exhibition

Visitors to Chester Zoo will soon be among the first in the country to see the country’s only 360°exhibition showcasing the best of British wildlife.

Native: The Incredible World of British Wildlife, which opens later this month, will feature 360° digital displays that will transport visitors across the British Isles’ dramatic coastlines and through its beautiful woodlands and grasslands.

The experience includes stories captured by specialist filmmakers behind hit BBC and ITV wildlife documentaries, and includes stunning footage of dolphins, seals, puffins, Scottish wildcats, beavers, and many more incredible species.

The new exhibition also includes an interactive discovery area where visitors can watch live wildlife footage from the zoo’s nature reserve while learning how to set up their own camera traps and protect and monitor UK species from the comfort of their own homes.

The zoo is collaborating with Grande Experiences, the global immersive experience company that brought the hit underwater exhibition Planet Shark: Predator of Prey to over 500,000 zoo visitors earlier this summer.

Helen Bradshaw, UK Regional Field Programme Manager at the zoo, said:

“For the first time ever, visitors to the zoo will be able to immerse themselves into an incredible 360°environment filled with many of our country’s most iconic species, including colourful puffins, bottlenose dolphins, dam-building beavers and even the secret lives of the Scottish wildcat, with a few extra surprises in store too! 

“Britain is one of the world’s most nature-depleted nations and, as a wildlife conservation charity, we want to create a future where nature thrives and that starts right here at home in the UK. The launch of Native: The Incredible World of British Wildlife will help shine a much-needed spotlight on the very best that British wildlife has to offer and what we can all do, together, to ensure that it can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

UK-based holiday resort company, Darwin Escapes, are supporting Chester Zoo’s UK conservation work, including the launch of Native: The Incredible World of British Wildlife. The new exhibition will be unveiled to the public on Monday 18 December and is free with normal zoo admission. 

To find out more information, visit the website here.


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