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Today we close at 6.30pm*

* Last admission 5.30pm

Please check our Jungle Tumble advanced closure notice here prior to your visit.

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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...

    Find out more
    01
  • 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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Jungle Tumble Advance Closure Notice

Please be aware that the larger play area of our soft play complex, Jungle Tumble, will be closed from Monday 12th September - Friday 16th September, due to annual maintenance work including a thorough deep clean.

The following week from Monday 19th September - Friday 23rd September , the smaller play area within Jungle Tumble will be closed for the same annual maintenance work and a thorough deep clean.

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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Victoria crowned pigeon pair welcome another chick!

pigeon chickAt the end of July 2016 Colchester Zoo’s loved up tweethearts Violet and Ozzy welcomed another chick. Victoria crowned pigeons Violet and Ozzy have now had a total of 4 chicks! You can see Violet, Ozzy and the new chick in their aviary at Penguin Shores.

Victoria crowned pigeons are the largest pigeons in the world and are well known for their blue colouring and the spectacular crest of feathers on their heads. Chicks such as our new arrival are incubated by both parents for around 30 days and quickly fledge at around 4 weeks old. 

This species is listed as ‘near threatened’ on the IUCN redlist with the population facing threats such as habitat loss.

Stop by the family’s aviary and see if you can catch a glimpse of the newest arrival!

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Our Crowned crane chicks have hatched!

During early August 2016 Colchester Zoo’s Crowned Crane welcomed 2 healthy chicks. They were all safely incubated by mum, Camilla and dad, Charles, for 4 weeks. The chicks can be seen exploring their new home at our ‘Edge of Africa’ section which they share with our Kirk’s Dik-Dik. The chicks are yet to be sexed so until they are a little older and their genders are confirmed then the keepers will name them.

Crowned cranes are known for the distinctive crest of golden feathers which sit on top of their head and a bright red chicks edit 2pouch that hangs from their throat. The crowned crane lays the largest average clutch size of a crane species and chicks are expected to fledge after 56 to 100 days.

Our crowned cranes are fed on a special diet which is scattered around their enclosure once a day, their enclosure also provides a lot of their food in the form of worms and insects which live in the grass and vegetation which they spend a lot of time foraging for.

Crowned cranes are currently listed as endangered on the IUCN red list; so these 2 new arrivals are fantastic news for their species.

Find out more about adopting one of our Crowned Cranes here.

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