Colchester Zoo welcomes First Bus as a corporate sponsor of their brand-new area, Dinosaur Realm!

In 2023, First Bus supported Colchester Zoo’s 60th anniversary campaign by dedicating one of their double decker bus fleet to the Zoo with a special wrap! First Bus were keen to continue their support in 2024 and felt an ideal connection would be with Colchester Zoo’s brand-new Dinosaur Realm experience therefore First Bus become an official corporate sponsor of the area.

Dinosaur Realm opened in Easter 2024 and has since proved to be a popular attraction with visitors of all ages. This location was ideal to link the bus with some fun dinosaur facts by showing size comparisons!!

“Our Dinosaur Realm area was developed to offer our visitors more value for their money whilst also providing an educational experience and an alternative way of raising awareness of conservation. This added attraction comes after a year filled with 60th anniversary celebrations, so we are excited to be able to offer our visitors something new for 2024.”

Luke, Visitor Services Manager, Colchester Zoo.

Over the years, Colchester Zoo has worked with First Bus on a number of special projects helping to promote the local bus route to and from the Zoo. At the end of 2022, Colchester Zoo kick started their year of 60th anniversary celebrations by working with First Essex to rebrand one of their buses with special birthday theming. The branded bus is one of three buses that drive the No. 75 route, picking up and dropping off visitors right outside the Zoo. At the end of 2023, Colchester Zoo also approached First Bus to feature in their exclusive Christmas advert.

“At First Bus East of England, we are thrilled to once again partner with Colchester Zoo, this time as official sponsor of the new Dinosaur Realm.

“We look forward to bringing families and dinosaur enthusiasts from all over the region to this exciting new addition.”

James McCluskey, Commercial Director at First Bus East of England.

“We are delighted that over the years, we have partnered with First Bus on a range of different projects, helping to promote local travel, carbon footprint reduction and also making the Zoo an accessible destination for all. Our partnership is even more special now that they are the official sponsor of our new 2024 attraction, Dinosaur Realm. By supporting this area, First Bus are able to communicate to a large number of visitors, advertising local travel to the Zoo for less.”

Melissa, Business Development Manager, Colchester Zoo

Jumping onboard has never felt so good, as First Bus launch their Summer Campaign where you can enjoy travel to and from destinations like Colchester Zoo from only £2. By using public transport, not only are you helping to lower your carbon footprint, but you’ll also save money on family days out. Catch the No. 75 bus service to Colchester Zoo this summer and enjoy their sizzling activities, from live performances by the Wild Vibe Crew to animal encounters and the Zoolympic trail, to name a few.

As Colchester Zoo looks to turn into a conservation charity from 1st January 2025, it’s more important now than ever that Colchester Zoo are able to build up solid relationships with corporate companies within the local community.

“By having supporters who are passionate about conservation, we are able to find new ways together to reach a wider audience about our mission, caring for wildlife and wild places both here in Essex and across the globe. The vital funding that comes through these sponsorships not only helps us to care for the animals here at the Zoo, but it also helps us to support conservation projects worldwide. We’re very grateful for the relationship we have with all of our sponsors and would like to thank them all for their support.”

Melissa, Business Development Manager, Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo has a wide number of corporate sponsorship packages available. Find out more about supporting Colchester Zoo via their website –

For more information about First Bus East of England’s services, visit their website or download the First Bus app, which includes live tracking.

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