Welcome to Colchester Zoo! Home to 220 species set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes!

As you navigate your way around Colchester Zoo you’ll visit many different habitats, from the humid home of our Komodo Dragons to our very own Africa plain, Kingdom of the Wild, home to white rhino, giraffes, ostrich, zebra and kudu.

We also have many fantastic undercover areas, so you can stay warm and dry on even the wettest of days with our ‘Bad Weather’ map. Stop by the Orangutan Forest and see if you can hang for as long as an orangutan, feed our rainbow lorikeets in their tropical walkthrough aviary, Australian Rainbows. PLUS you can also walkthrough areas such as Worlds Apartthe perfect place to warm up on a chilly day!

Colchester Zoo also offers a range of delicious food options so there’s no need to worry about a picnic! PLUS there are loads of gifts and treats in our shop, so you can find the perfect souvenir to remember your day! The Outpost is accessible without having to enter the zoo so you can even pop by for a spot of shopping or to find the perfect gift for a loved one.

Fun to fund conservation…

Colchester Zoo has always cared passionately about the world’s threatened species, and created its charity Action for the Wild to assist conservation projects worldwide. This includes our own project, the UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Since receiving charity status in 2004 Action for the Wild has donated over £1.2million to conservation programmes, as well as supporting conservation research. As a privately owned zoo, funding the zoo’s further development as well as assisting these projects in the wild is only possible with the support of the community, through all your visits and the funds Colchester Zoo receive from retail and catering sales. Thank you!


We need you to help save our Zoo!

We have never needed your help more than now.

Together, with your help we can win the fight, without it we fear for the future.


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Click here for our Gender Pay Gap Statement issued March 2018.


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