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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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Latest News

  • 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...

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

    Over the past few weeks Colchester...

    Find out more
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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...

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

    Our chimp family tree has grown...

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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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Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day with a trip to the zoo and Afternoon Tea!

SOLD OUT!- Afternoon tea is now fully booked. 

In celebration of Mother’s Day we are delighted to be able to offer visitors the chance to book Afternoon Tea on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th March. Enjoy your Afternoon Tea from 3pm at Penguini’s Pizza and Pasta Restaurant where you will receive dedicated table service to ensure that you have all you need to enjoy your special treat!

We have a limited number of 26 seats available per day. These tables are required to be pre-booked at least 48hrs in advance and are booked on a first come first serve basis. Bookings are available between 3pm - 4pm and we kindly ask you to arrive at Penguini’s at least 5 minutes before your booking.

Afternoon Tea Menu: 

Selection of Sandwiches
Scones with Jam and Cream
Assortment of delicious cakes

Variety of hot drinks to choose from including:
Breakfast Tea
Green Tea
Peppermint Tea
Red Bush Tea
Camomile Tea
Summer Berries Tea

Black Coffee
White Coffee
Cappuccino
Latte
Mocha

£14.95 per person

Why not upgrade to a Sparkling Afternoon Tea and treat yourself to a glass of Prosecco for just £19.95 per person

If you have children under the age of 8yrs joining you for Afternoon Tea we have created a special tea just for the little ones at a reduced rate of only £8.95 per child:

Children's Afternoon Tea:

Choice of Cheese, Ham or Jam Sandwich
Jelly and Cream
Flapjacks and Brownies

A choice of 2 drinks from the following:
Capri-Sun
Ribena
Kids Shaken Udder
Hot Chocolate 
Tea

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To secure your table for Afternoon Tea simply call 01206 331292 ext. 232 or 237.
On booking please advise us of the time you would like to be seated and whether any guests have any dietary requirements and/or allergies.

Any drinks requested which are not available on the Afternoon Tea menu will be charged at an additional cost which can be paid for on the day.

If you have a valid Zoo Pass do let us know, as you will qualify for a 5% discount on your booking!

Afternoon Tea must be pre-booked at least 48 hours in advance of your visit. Tables are booked on a first come first serve basis.

Admission - Please note that admission is not included within the price of Afternoon Tea. You can SAVE on admission by booking E-tickets online at least 24hrs in advance. Click here to purchase your E-tickets.

Cancellations -. If a cancellation is made with more than 48hours notice a refund will be given with an administration charge of £2.50. If you cancel your booking with less than 48 hours’ notice no refunds can be made.

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