After quite a good buffet breakfast, we left Thatcher's Hotel in East Horsley.
Chessington World of Adventures includes a number of rides I did not go on!
And some that I did
There has been a zoo here since 1931. You can read about its interesting history. The reindeer has not been there that long.
As was the case for Alton Towers, there is an old mansion on the site. This one was built in its present form around 1919 and is now known as "Hocus Pocus" Hall. This is a walk-through attraction with some hardly-scary-at-all 3D effects.
It was great to see a number of species that I had never seen, some I had never even heard of, and some old favourites as well! As usual, it was difficult to photograph the animals through glass/wire/children quite apart from the antics of the creatures themselves. I took 239 photos. The best are below.
I was already familiar with the capybara having seen them at Melbourne Zoo.
They are closely related to guinea pigs but MUCH bigger!
Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin
The Japanese Maple looked wonderful with the sun behind it. We are seeing a lot of vivid Autumn colours now.
The children visiting the Sea Life aquarium were all saying, "There's Nemo!" very excitedly!
California Sea Lions
Philippine Sailfin Lizard
Mountain Chicken Frog
Cone Headed Lizard
Sorry - not sure what this is!
Alaotran Gentle Lemur
Kirks Dik Dik
There were a lot of people at Chessington because of midterm holiday and the waiting times for rides was up to two-hours! Even so, Satoshi managed to go on everything he wanted and didn't have to wait more than one hour. We were there from about 10:30am until 6:30pm. I was nearly dead! I recovered somewhat after a Toby's Carvery dinner though!
We arrived at 23 Claremont Lane, Esher, to a warm welcome from Glenda and Richard, our Airbnb hosts for tonight and tomorrow night. It is a very pleasant place and, as I write this, I can hear an owl hooting somewhere outside. Some people think that there is no space in England but once you get away from London there is actually a lot of countryside. In Australia, towns are quite spread out but in England they are compact and clearly defined.