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Penguini's Now Open

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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!

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Colchester Zoo Autumn Magazine 2015

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Support Action for the Wild through Ebay!

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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!

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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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  • Colchester Zoo Autumn Magazine 2015

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    Are you having a pre-Christmas...

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  • Colchester Zoo awarded best large attraction in Essex!

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    Our chimp family tree has grown...

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It’s a boy but what shall we call him?

After welcoming a young white rhino calf on Friday 3rd February we can now confirm that recent mum Emily had a son! 

As he continues to grow in size and confidence and the weather gets warmer, his keepers recently introduced him to our smaller outdoor area which is separate from the main paddock. After cautiously following mum outside, it didn't take long before our young energetic calf started enjoying the new area as he spent the morning running rings around mum Emily! He also got to see some of his neighbours who he will meet in the next few months, including our other young male rhino, Mabaso and the giraffe who were particularly inquisitive! 

The task of naming our rhino calf falls to the keepers but we are open to suggestions! What do you think our young rhino should be called? 
Let us know via Facebook and Twitter

Find out more about the birth of our most recent arrival here. We'll keep you updated as he continues to grow and meet our other savannah residents over the coming weeks and months. 

The white rhino is listed as near threatened on the IUCN red list. Due to the current poaching crisis this birth is vital to the survival of this species and Colchester Zoo is proud to be part of conserving this magnificent mammal.

Colchester Zoo’s charitable arm, Action for the Wild, supports a Rhino conservation project in the wild. To find out more or to donate please visit www.actionforthewild.org

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Exciting new arrival at Colchester Zoo...

On the 8th February 2017 Colchester Zoo welcomed an extremely exciting new arrival…a female Amur Tiger!

Taiga youngOur new resident Tiger is named Taiga, she is nearly 2 years old and has come from Kristiansand, Norway. It is by coincidence that Taiga has moved into her new home at Colchester Zoo, known as ‘Tiger Taiga’.  The word ‘taiga’ is an alternative name for the boreal forests where this species live.

Amur tigers come from the Amur Region along the eastern border between China and Russia with their habitat containing some of the coldest areas in the world.

Colchester Zoo is already home to two Amur tigers, Igor our male and Anoushka another female.  Taiga will spend some time settling into her new home before gradually being introduced to our resident male tiger. It is hoped that in the future Igor and Taiga will become a breeding pair which is very exciting for Colchester Zoo as we have not been able to breed this species before due to Anoushka being a hybrid.

Amur Tigers are also known as Siberian Tigers and are the largest and palest of all tiger subspecies; they are currently listed as endangered on the IUCN Red list. 

Photo of a young Taiga provided by ©Dyreparken

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White rhino Emily gives birth to healthy baby!

We are delighted to announce the exciting news that after a whopping pregnancy of 16 months, white rhino Emily has successfully given birth.

Emily's keepers had been anticipating the birth which generally takes place at night for some time. However, Emily had other ideas deciding to give birth on Friday 3rd February at around 1.30pm. Ideally Emily would have given birth in her stall, but she was quite comfortable and happy outside in the paddock with her neighbours including giraffe, zebra, kudu and ostrich to give birth out in the open with many excited onlookers having the privilege of witnessing the birth as well.

To ensure the safety of all the animals including mum and baby, keepers brought all the other animals inside. This then allowed them to monitor Emily and her newborn closely although Emily was very calm and relaxed. Keepers tried to encourage Emily and baby inside into a warm and quiet environment but Emily was quite happy outside and had no intention of going in. However, her keepers became concerned that baby's temperature was dropping and that they needed to get them inside urgently. As her keepers know Emily very well they took the decision to intervene. Curator, Sarah Forsyth, entered the paddock to encourage baby inside and to lend a helping hand knowing that Emily would soon follow. Although this may have looked concerning to onlookers the keepers had the situation fully under control and knew Sarah's escape routes if an emergency exit was required. As they hoped, Emily was perfectly happy for Sarah to help and they were able to bring both inside in the warm.

Emily conceived naturally after breeding with Otto, our male rhino who has since temporarily moved to another zoo to hopefully breed and assist the population of the white rhino which unfortunately continue to face an ever-growing poaching crisis.

Emily joined us here at Colchester Zoo in September 2003 and in April 2013 she successfully gave birth to her first calf, a female named Pembe who is also fathered by Otto. Emily has been an excellent first-time mother and has cared for Pembe over the last 3 years as she continues to mature into adulthood and we’re sure Emily will do just as good a job second time round! Emily’s new-born has a playmate still as our young male calf Mabaso remains with us here at Colchester Zoo.

Check out this great video, captured by the keepers of Emily's calf moving inside her:

The white rhino is the largest of the five rhinoceros species and one of the world’s biggest land animals, it is also considered to be one of the most sociable of the rhino species.

Breeding occurs throughout the year and the young calves are very active soon after birth, as we have seen in all 3 of our young calves Zamba, Pembe and Mabaso over the years!

Keep up to date on Emily and baby news on our website and social media!

Colchester Zoo’s charity Action for the Wild also supports Save the Rhino International and their Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa which monitors and protects both black and white rhino.

You can find out more about their work and how you can help here.

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