Walk on the Wild Side

Visitor Information

 

 

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Find out our opening times and essential information here.

Jungle Tumble, will be closed from 16th Jan - 27th Jan, due to annual maintenance work including a thorough deep clean. Find out more here

The Southern Kitchen restaurant will be closed from 2nd January due to renovation work. Read more here.

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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
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  • Christmas came early for our Elephants!

    Over the past few weeks Colchester...

    Find out more
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  • Colchester Zoo Autumn Magazine 2015

    Find out more
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  • Support Action for the Wild through Ebay!

    Are you having a pre-Christmas...

    Find out more
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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...

    Find out more
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Talia the youngest chimp at Colchester Zoo decided to join in with #TongueOutTuesday! https://t.co/EnBarSw9WM
Our young female Spider monkey has been named Chilli by her keepers! Find out more about Chilli here>… https://t.co/aRKjwwhBSs
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Colchester Zoo begins annual animal count!

2017 is already in full swing at Colchester Zoo with keepers completing their annual stock count of the animals they care for!

A stock take such as this is something we must complete as part of our compliance with zoo legislation and is completed by all zoos around the world!

We must record and confirm every animal birth, death, arrival and departure here at the zoo and will also submit our data to the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). It’s important that we submit data to these central databases so that the animals at Colchester Zoo can be part of breeding programmes set up to help safeguard vulnerable and threatened species.

We welcomed a number of new arrivals to the collection in 2016 from a large number of penguin chicks to Astrid a 3 year old female white rhino! Many of our smaller primates also welcomed young including our spider monkeys who had their first baby for 8 years and our ring tailed lemurs welcomed 4 new borns. As always we welcomed many insects and fish throughout the year who must also be counted and will all be added to this year’s records.

Find out more about 2016 and what is expected in 2017 from our curators here:

 

We hope 2017 will be another successful year for conservation at Colchester Zoo with many exciting new arrivals – watch this space! Thank you to all our supporters, with your visits and funding, we aim to continue with breeding programmes for endangered species and fund in situ projects in the wild by working hand in hand with our charity Action for the Wild. 

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Visit us for just £10 per person!

Buy E-tickets online in advance to visit us from the 5th – 31st January 2017 and enjoy admission to Colchester Zoo for just £10 per person!

Enjoy a family day out for less this January with our fantastic undercover areas, delicious hot coffees and seasonal food PLUS during these dates we will also be running additional winter encounters for you enjoy!

See our additional encounter timetable here.*

Fun that funds conservation!

BUY E-TICKETS

Terms & Conditions
- E-ticket must be purchased at least 24 hours prior to visiting Colchester Zoo. 
- Offer not available on the gate.
- Disabled and Carer tickets will also be available at a reduced rate of £5, half the adult ticket price per person. Proof may be required on the day of your visit to check entitlement for these tickets. Find out more here

*Activites subject to change. 

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Southern Kitchen Advance Closure Notice

Please be aware that our Southern Kitchen restaurant will be closed from 2nd January due to renovation work.

The following alternative food outlets will be open during this period on weekdays;

-Penguini's Restaurant
-Meerkat Hangout 
-The Patisserie 
-The Waterhole 
-Playa Coffee Shop

During the weekends the following additional outlets may also be open*;

Wrap Bar
Sausage Hut 
Tiger Taiga Shop 
Naughty & Nice 
Chip N Dip
Safari Snack Shop
Spirit of Africa 

 *Please be aware that opening of our smaller outlets listed above may vary during times of poor weather and low levels of demand. 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.

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About Our
Animals

 

Our magnificent animals are waiting to be discovered. Learn more about the animals and see them up close and personal.

 

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