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Rare orangutan born at Chester Zoo

Keepers at Chester Zoo are celebrating a very special arrival which took place as amazed visitors looked on.

They were fortunate to witness the birth of a critically endangered Bornean orangutan.

Staff are still to discover if it's a boy or a girl, but the zoo says the birth is a huge boost to conserving the species which faces an uncertain future in the wild.

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Record breaker for Chester Zoo as it tops the tourist league again

Top attraction: the elephant enclosure at the zoo Credit: Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo's been named as the UK's most visited tourist attraction outside London.

It caps off a record breaking year for the zoo, which welcomed 1.9 million visitors - more than any other year in its 85-year history.

"Almost 1.9 million people visited us last year and every one of them played a key part in helping us protect endangered animals around the globe. We can't thank them enough.

"Visitors now are looking for more than just a day out. When people come to the zoo, not only do they have a great time but they are also making a difference and discovering how all of us, as individuals, can act for wildlife. We think this is key to our success."

– Jamie Christon, the zoo's chief operating officer
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