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Thursday Assembly - What's in the news? - 2nd July

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What’s in the news? 

Chester Zoo is the largest zoo in the UK and was closed on 21st March, following lockdown restrictions due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It reopened on 15th June, after being closed for 3 months.

During the long period it was closed, the owners were concerned that it may not ever have been able to reopen due to the huge lack of income caused by the closure and the huge costs involved in feeding the animals.

Main question

Should zoos have been allowed to reopen earlier?


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This Week’s Useful Vocabulary

Conservation – saving and protecting the environment and wildlife.
Income – money that is received, especially on a regular basis, from work or through investments.
Innovative – something that is new, advanced and original.
Permanent – something that lasts forever.
Requirements – something that is needed or wanted; it is a necessary condition. Restrictions – something that limits what you can do e.g. an official rule or law.

Listen, think, share

This week’s story is about zoos around the UK, many of which were at risk of permanent closure because they were only allowed to open very recently.

Why do you think zoos running costs are so high?

 Have you been to a zoo before? If you have, think about your experience. What did you like about it? Was there anything you didn’t like?

If you haven’t been to one before, would you like to? Why?

What do you think is the main purpose of zoos? 

Who do you think is most affected by the zoo closures?

Do you think they should have been allowed to reopen earlier?



Zoos cost huge amounts of money to run and have had to close for many months due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

There are many reasons why we have zoos. They allow people to learn about wild animals, connect with nature and learn about conservation. Many zoos care for endangered animals, some of which may be extinct without their intervention.

Many have been finding innovative ways to keep people informed and learn about different animals, whilst raising money to keep the animals fed and taken care of.