Chester Zoo have been working hard to restore the population of large heath butterflies.

Their butterfly team have been raising the caterpillars to prevent the extinction of the large heath butterfly species. The 150 recently hatched caterpillars will be released into natural habitats across Cheshire and Manchester – where the species has actually been extinct for a century.

It is an amazing privilege to play a part in embarking these rare caterpillars on their journey, returning the species to their historic home.

Ben Baker, Team Manager at Chester Zoo

Read Chester Zoo’s blog post here.

Rachel Smith
Rachel Smith is a huge animal lover and has always been passionate about the wellbeing of pets. She currently has a rescue dog, Stewie and a corn snake, Samson, but has experience of looking after various different pets over the years.

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