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The complex opened as Chessington Zoo in 1931, with the theme park being developed alongside the zoo and opening on 7 July 1987. Subsequently, it was opened as one of the first themed amusement parks in Britain. Nowadays, the theme park features over 40 rides, and is now owned by Merlin Entertainments. Now, under Merlin, Chessington has been developed into a resort tourist destination. This includes two on site hotels, a high ropes course and camp site. The resort also now offers a glamping area, for those who wish to camp in style.
Additionally, Chessington Zoo has over 1000 animals, which includes western lowland gorillas, sea lions, and Sumatran tigers. Further, it is split up into several areas. These are Trail of the Kings, Sealion Bay, Children's Zoo, Amazu, Penguin Bay and the Wanyama Village & Reserve as well as a Sea Life Centre.
Chessington World of Adventures theme park consists of themed areas loosely styled on a range of world cultures. For example, Adventure Point is an English Market Square, Mexicana borrows from the Wild West, Pirates' Cove a smuggling port, Wild Woods a European street with Bavarian architecture, Forbidden Kingdom mirrors Egypt and Arabia, while Land of the Tiger reflects the orient, and Wild Asia an Indian jungle. Major attractions include Vampire, Dragon's Fury, KOBRA, Tiger Rock, Scorpion Express, Zufari Ride into Africa! and The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure.
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