Walk on the Wild Side

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Today we close at 5.30pm 
*Last admission 4.30pm

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Please be aware that Australian Rainbows will be closed on Thursday 29th September. Find out more here.

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Penguini's Now Open

Please be aware that the Café UmPhafa has now reopened as Penguini's Pizza and Pasta....

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Lost Madagascar Express Road Train reopens after devastating fire!

Sadly on 23rd December 2015 the Lost Madagascar Express Road Train and it's station...

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Christmas came early for our Elephants!

Over the past few weeks Colchester Zoo’s elephants have been enjoying a fantastic...

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Enjoy 15% off a Zoo Pass!

An offer not to be missed! 15% off Zoo Passes - join our family of Zoo Passholders! If...

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Colchester Zoo Autumn Magazine 2015

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Support Action for the Wild through Ebay!

Are you having a pre-Christmas clear out? Perhaps you’re planning to sell some...

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Colchester Zoo awarded best large attraction in Essex!

As part of the VisitEssex Tourism and Hospitality awards Colchester Zoo has proudly...

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Work continues on the Chimpanzee Lookout redevelopment!

Our chimp family tree has grown and grown and their home is growing too as work continues...

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Latest News

  • Penguini's Now Open

    Please be aware that the Café...

    Find out more
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  • Lost Madagascar Express Road Train reopens after devastating fire!

    Sadly on 23rd December 2015 the...

    Find out more
    01
  • Christmas came early for our Elephants!

    Over the past few weeks Colchester...

    Find out more
    01
  • Enjoy 15% off a Zoo Pass!

    An offer not to be missed! 15%...

    Find out more
    01
  • Colchester Zoo Autumn Magazine 2015

    Find out more
    01
  • Support Action for the Wild through Ebay!

    Are you having a pre-Christmas...

    Find out more
    01
  • Colchester Zoo awarded best large attraction in Essex!

    As part of the VisitEssex Tourism...

    Find out more
    01
  • Work continues on the Chimpanzee Lookout redevelopment!

    Our chimp family tree has grown...

    Find out more
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Australian Rainbows advance closure notice

Please be aware that 'Australian Rainbows' will be closed on Thursday 29th September due to essential maintenance work. It will reopen as normal on Friday 30th September.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused but this short closure is vital for us to be able to offer the high standard facility which we strive to offer. Thank you for your patience and understanding.  

Please be assured that we will keep our website and social media up to date with any changes to this notice.

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Enter our daily pumpkin carving competition during Shriek Week!

During Shriek Week Colchester Zoo will once again be holding a daily Pumpkin carving competition!

Bring along your carved pumpkin creation and enter it into our competition on the day of your visit to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize!

Please hand your ready carved entry in when you arrive for your visit, any day between 22nd - 31st October, you will then be given a label to fill out with your contact details. All entries must be handed in by 1pm when a winner will be chosen. Once the winner is selected during a closed judging, you will be contacted on the number you provided and will be given the amazing opportunity to meet one of our owls that same day! – You must already be in the zoo on the day you have entered and won the competition to be eligible to take part in the encounter. 

After all the pumpkins have been judged they are given to the animals as a special enrichment perfect for getting them in the Halloween spirit! Keeping the animals entertained both mentally and physically is a full time job so watching the animals enjoy the enrichments is a great reward! Animals such as the bears, otters, meerkats, gelada baboons and even snakes are just some of the species to been given this delicious treat which is great for them to investigate and enjoy! The meerkat mob will love using your pumpkin as a play area before indulging in the orange fruit whilst the bears demolish theirs in seconds keen to get to inside! Enrichments such as this are fun for the animals, their keepers and for visitors!

Please be aware that we are unable to return any pumpkin entries and in order for them to be used as enrichment we ask that you do not use anything to decorate your pumpkin such as glue, paint or glitter as this may be harmful to the animals at Colchester Zoo.

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Colchester Zoo wins two Essex Mum Awards!

We are honoured to be presented with not just one but two the Essex Mum Awards! 

Colchester Zoo is officially the winner of this year’s Best Day Out: Outdoors award as well as winner for the Best Halloween Event for our ever popular Shriek Week!
A huge thank you to all of those who voted!

We are always developing Colchester Zoo with both our animals and visitors needs in mind; with the aim of conserving endangered species.

Each and every visit made to Colchester Zoo not only supports the ongoing developments and animals in situ but also assists the zoos charity, Action for the Wild, help conservation projects worldwide.  Without your visits this vital work would not be possible so thank you very much indeed.

All winners of Essex Mums 2016 winners have now been announced and are voted for by mums they highlight your favourite things to do, place to go and businesses you love to use.

For the full list of winners click here.

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