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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Work continues on the Chimpanzee Lookout redevelopment!

    Our chimp family tree has grown...

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We've welcomed 3 sets of twin pygmy goats! Share your name ideas for Mum Cupid’s 2 female kids with a love theme!… https://t.co/6AbciRCJDr
Purchase E-tickets to visit us this Mother's Day weekend for your chance to win an experience with our white rhino!… https://t.co/BEkm81Jk1C
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There’s some new kids in town!

We have welcomed 3 pairs of twin pygmy goat kids at Colenso Village born between the 11th and 13th of March!

The twins were born to Cupid, Gretchen and Bow. Cupid had twin girls, Gretchen had 1 girl and 1 boy and Bow, who is a first time mum, had two boys! These adorable kids each take after their mum in colouring and it is great to see them all playing, bleating and jumping together! Check out this short video of the kids below: 

 

Female pygmy goats are called Does and male goats are called Bucks, unlike some other goat species they are not grazers, instead they eat branches of leaves and twigs rather than grass and enjoy eating hay too. When fully grown, our 6 young goats will stand no taller than 18 inches and weigh approximately 40-60 pounds.

With 3 pairs of twins to name our keepers need your help!
We are looking for suggestions for what we should call Cupid’s two female kids – let’s go down the love theme and see what you come up with?! Share your ideas with us on Facebook or Twitter!

Stop by Colenso Village in the Familiar friend’s area of the zoo to see if you can spot the new kids! 

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Keeper returns to Kumasi Zoo in Ghana, West Africa

Colchester Zoo keeper Dave Morgan has been sharing his knowledge and assisting the Kumasi Zoo in Ghana, West Africa.

Dave has visited the zoo twice now with his most recent visit being in February 2017. During this trip Dave ran educational workshops and conducted further training on animal husbandry with the staff, as well as helping with the move of hyena within the zoo. Dave also took along some donations from Colchester Zoo including uniform and security padlocks.

Thanks to all his fantastic work Dave has been declared the Kumasi Zoo’s official advisor and will be returning to check out their progress in June 2017. It is hoped he will continue to work with their team for years to come, sharing ideas between the keepers here in the UK and in Ghana.

We are proud to have Dave as part of our team here at Colchester Zoo and will continue to support the work he is doing in Ghana with the Kumasi Zoo.

Check out the special thank you we received from the staff at Kumasi Zoo for their new uniform!

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WIN a Keeper Shadowing experience with our White Rhino!

As part of Colchester Zoo's Mother's Day weekend celebrations we’re offering you the chance to WIN a Keeper Shadowing Experience to meet amazing rhino mum Emily! 

All you have to do is purchase E-tickets to visit us during this Mother's Day weekend on the 25th or 26th March 2017 for your chance to win!

The winner and a friend will get to enjoy a close up animal experience with our white rhino at Colchester Zoo on the date of their choosing.

Package includes;

  • A 30 minute close up experience with our rhino and keepers
  • Full day entry into Colchester Zoo
  • Lunch voucher
  • Souvenir pack

A winner will be selected at random from all those who purchase 1 or more E-tickets to visit the zoo on the 25th or 26th March. E-tickets must be purchased by the 24th March 2017 to be entered. 

If you are a Zoo Passholder you can also enter this fantastic competition by purchasing our NEW breakfast muffin meal deal at the Southern Kitchen! Available to purchase at just £3.00 in advance through our E-tickets page. Find out more here. 

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T&Cs apply:
- Only one entry per person.
- A winner will be selected at random from all those who purchase 1 or more E-tickets to visit the zoo on 25th or 26th March 17
- Tickets must be purchased online in advance by the 24th March 2017. 
- The winner will be contacted via the email they provided at the time of purchasing.
- The experience is valid for 1 Keeper Shadowing experience for 2 participants.
- A Keeper Shadowing experience is open to those aged 12 years and over.
- Anyone between the ages of 12 - 17yrs must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 who is also taking part in the experience. 
- There cannot be two U18's participating in this experience.


Full Experience T&Cs also apply.                      

              

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