We are delighted to announce that we have been named the winner of the Accessible and Inclusive Tourism award at the East of England Tourism Awards 2023/24.

The judges said Colchester Zoo is “clear in its vision and dedicated to making its site accessible for all.” They praised the “detailed and thought out plan” to make sure the experience of those with additional needs and abilities is “seamlessly incorporated into the experience from the moment visitors arrive.”

We want to continue that journey of making the wildlife and wildlife conservation work that we do accessible for as many people as possible.

Andy Moore, Director of Science, Education and Training at Colchester Zoo

As of 1st January 2025, Colchester Zoo will become a charitable trust known as Colchester Zoological Society. For the last 60 years, we have been known as a privately owned Zoo with a charitable arm, Action for the Wild, which has provided much needed funds to conservation projects around the world, including our own private nature reserve in South Africa, UmPhafa.

Not only have we released the exciting news about becoming Colchester Zoological Society, but we have shared a vision for the future of Colchester Zoo which includes the expansion of the site. A bigger site may not necessarily see the arrival many new species but, will allow us to expand on our high standard of welfare and provide bigger habitats for a range of species. These continued developments will also help to ensure that all visitors experience a first-class day out.

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