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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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Magic of Christmas Eventide

A Magic of Christmas Late Night event!  Colchester Zoo remains open until 8.30pm...

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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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  • Penguini's Now Open

    Please be aware that the Café...

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  • Lost Madagascar Express Road Train reopens after devastating fire!

    Sadly on 23rd December 2015 the...

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  • Christmas came early for our Elephants!

    Over the past few weeks Colchester...

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  • Magic of Christmas Eventide

    A Magic of Christmas Late Night...

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  • Enjoy 15% off a Zoo Pass!

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

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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...

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  • Colchester Zoo awarded best large attraction in Essex!

    As part of the VisitEssex Tourism...

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Colchester Zoo wins BIAZA Gold award for Education as the Association celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Colchester Zoo has been recognised for their work in Education at the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums 50th Anniversary awards ceremony.  

skull educationThe British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums turns 50 this year and representatives from its membership came together to celebrate the past and consider future challenges at a major conference held at Marwell Wildlife, Hampshire, which ran from 6 to 8 June. Culminating in a gala dinner and awards ceremony on Wednesday evening, Colchester Zoo was recognised for their contributions to Education.

Over 15,000 people took part in Colchester Zoo’s UmPhafa trail over the 2015 Summer Holidays. Visitors were prepped for their adventure in our base camp tent and then set out armed with all the tools they would need to track leopards. Using magnifying glasses and measuring devices, the intrepid rangers looked for tracks, poo and leopard kills to help them identify whether the elusive predators were found on the ‘reserve’. Their adventure on our mini reserve mirrored the work we do in South Africa at UmPhafa, our 6,000 hectare nature reserve. After many years of land rehabilitation and careful management of the species found on the reserve, leopards have returned to UmPhafa and we now have five animals regularly seen on our camera traps.

education activityAndy Moore, Learning Manager at Colchester Zoo, said “This project was immense fun for the team to create and deliver, and evaluation showed us that visitors immersed themselves in the authentic South African habitat we built for them. We are delighted to receive the BIAZA Gold Award for Education and are busy working to offer more innovative and exciting activities for the upcoming summer holidays”.

Dr Kirsten Pullen, Director of BIAZA, said, “The standard of award submissions was incredibly high this year and I’m delighted that Colchester Zoo has achieved a Gold award for their UmPhafa Game Ranger Trail.”

teaching“As we celebrate 50 years of ‘Working Together for Wildlife’ we have an opportunity to reflect on the incredibly important work we do in conservation and the significant contributions our members make in educating the public about our natural world and inspiring them to protect it. The zoo and aquarium community has come an incredibly long way since the Association came into being, but we must continuously strive to improve. This event has provided us with an opportunity to bring our members together to remind ourselves of how far we have come and re-inforce our commitment to animal welfare, conservation, education and scientific research.”

Originally known as The Federation of Zoological Gardens of Britain and Ireland, BIAZA was formed in 1966 out of recognition of the need for standardised principles and practices in animal management. Made up initially of just nine zoos and bird gardens, the Association has grown over the past 50 years and today its113 strong membership have become a powerful force for conservation and education, with continuous scientific research and sharing of best practice to ensure the highest levels of animal welfare.

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Colchester Zoo School STEM project!

Over recent months Colchester Zoo has been part of a collaborative Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) project with local schools in the Colchester and Tendring area.

The project involved after-school STEM clubs creating a piece of technology for a particular brief; in this case an automatic    Sun bear feeder! Their task was to design a programmable feeding device for our Sun bears that can operate anytime of the day.

Our Sun bears are extremely inquisitive and use all of their senses to find food. We cater for this by offering lots of different enrichment throughout the day. By adding a feeding device that is programmable we will be able to give random feeds during the evening too.

The students were given a number of parameters in which to work and after six months designing and creating a prototype of their system, they recently presented their ideas to a panel of judges made up of Colchester Zoo’s education department and the bear’s head keeper.

Andy Moore, Colchester Zoo’s Learning Manager said, “It was an excellent event and I was very pleased with the quality of the designs and the way in which they were presented. Tendring Technical College won the competition, but Stanway and Gilberd School put in some great designs too!”

As winners of the competition, Tendring Technical College, with help from the two runner up schools, will have their original design developed to become a real feature in our Sun bears’ enclosure! 

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Colchester Zoo's penguin chicks continue to grow!

Over the past few months Colchester Zoo has welcomed a number of penguin chicks who have hatched out across our two groups of Humboldt penguins!

With so many eggs hatching it is important to keep a close eye on all the new arrivals and so our team have been closely monitoring them as they continue to grow, weighing them daily to make sure they are growing healthy and strong.

More recently some of our older chicks have begun to fledge the nest, following mum and dad and beginning their lessons on how to eat, swim, nest and call!

Watch this space for more updates as our chicks head out into the world!

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