Corporate Supporters

To find out more being a corporate supporter of Colchester Zoo, including Colchester Zoo’s new corporate adoption package which offers companies the chance to support the zoo and promote its involvement, please click here.

Imaginative Traveller

ImTrave-image-sponsorColchester Zoo is delighted to be partnering with Imaginative Traveller who are providing an amazing trip of a lifetime opportunity of an adventure holiday for a family of 4 to Borneo to support the Going Ape for Conservation campaign! The competition is also supported by Dream 100FM.  Join us throughout 2016 as we raise awareness of the great apes here at Colchester Zoo and in the wild!

Find out more about Imaginative Traveller here
Enter the Going Ape for Conservation Competition here

Go Ape 

Go-Ape-sponsorColchester Zoo is delighted to be partnering with Go Ape as part of our 2016 ‘Going Ape for Conservation’ campaign.  As a way of showing their support Go Ape Thetford has provided Colchester Zoo with 10 fantastic prizes to be given away each month as part of our ‘Going Ape’  competition in the run up to the main prize draw in October.  These fantastic prizes allow a family of 4 to take part in a GO APE Tree Top Junior Adventure.

Find out more about Go Ape here
Enter the Going Ape for Conservation Competition here

Freeport Braintree


Freeport Braintree, the Essex-based outlet Centre, are sponsors of Colchester Zoo's prestigious 'Elephant Kingdom'. Freeport Braintree continues to work closely with Colchester Zoo promoting the good work of the zoo and its charity Action for the Wild.

Freeport Braintree has also donated a some fantastic prizes for our 2016 'Going Ape for Conservation' competition including £50 shopping vouchers to be used in the centre. 

Just 25 minutes away from Colchester Zoo, Freeport Braintree houses an impressive group of designer names set in a relaxing village environment. It also offers an escape from the stresses of city shopping with 1,500+ free car parking spaces available for all Freeport Braintree shoppers and unbeatable bargains with stores offering up to 60% off RRP every day.

For more information on Freeport Braintree, please visit www.freeport-braintree.com

Lion Walk Shopping Centre


Colchester Zoo has received a helping hand from Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard, one of Colchester's top retail areas, as they kindly sponsor our 'Lion Rock' enclosure.

Located just off the High Street in Colchester town centre, Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard are home to a mix of big name stores and smaller independent shops and services.

Find out more www.lionwalkshopping.com 


sainsburys-vinylSainsbury Stanway is the main outlet for Colchester Zoo's magazine, free to all, they offer their customers the chance to find out more about local attractions and businesses.

They also assist us by providing donations of food for the animals here at Colchester Zoo and have supported Colchester Zoo's campaigns since 2013 helping with in store fundraising, advertising and promotions including a large advertising space at the front of their store. 

Orchards-Holiday-Park-sponsors-logoOrchards Holiday Village

The Orchards Holiday Village, are proud to sponsor the Orangutan Forest enclosure as they are passionate about preserving the natural environment and have invested heavily in making their park a great place for families. Their sponsorship provides support to Rajang and Tiga, the orangutans here at Colchester Zoo.

“Protecting, conserving and enhancing our sites’ environmental value has become core to our business and we have found that this work not only makes our parks better for wildlife - it also makes them better places to spend a holiday.” Daniel Coward, Haven’s Environmental Co-ordinator explains.

Haven has two types of guests – people and wildlife. Because of its commitment to the environment, the company can boast that both types of guests are really well cared for on all of its parks.

Contact Orchards Holiday village on 01255 821 489. www.orchardsholidayvillage.com

Butterfly Glade


The Butterfly Glade walk through exhibit which opened in March 2015 is dedicated to the loving memory of a very special little girl, Isobel Rose Parmenter. She passed away on 5th October 2014 aged just 22 months from the extremely rare condition Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). 

Her parents Michael and Suzanne are so proud of the fight for life Isobel displayed and wanted something special and permanent to commemorate their beautiful daughter's life. The Zoo was the one place Isobel managed to visit on several occasions in her short life and her parents wanted to keep those special memories alive with something extra special here therefore with the help of family and friends, they are able to dedicate this beautiful exhibit especially to her.

Read more about Izzy's story here

For further information on LCH and Histiocytosis visit Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG)  www.cclg.org.uk/Langerhans-Cell-Histiocytosis-LCH and http://www.histiouk.org/

Izzy, "A butterfly to remind us even though we are apart, your spirit is always with us, forever in our hearts".

Wilkin & Sons

Tiptree-JamHere at Colchester Zoo we are pleased to have a supportive relationship with Wilkin & Sons, Tiptree.

Our two sun bears Jo Jo and Srey-Ya have been lucky to receive donations of delicious honey from Tiptree Jam Factory, owned by Wilkin & Sons, and this has provided them with enrichment for a number of years and proves to be one of their favourite treats!

Wilkin & Sons also offers further support by adopting Jo Jo and Srey-Ya in their home 'Bears of the Rising Sun'. Both of the bears cared for here at Colchester Zoo were confiscated by Government Anti-Poaching Patrols in Cambodia by Free the Bears in 2007 and 2008 respectively. To find out more about our Sun Bears and their home click here.

Ian Thurgood, managing director of Wilkin & Sons Ltd says "Colchester Zoo is an important local attraction encouraging families and school children to have a greater understanding of the world of animals, the story of the Sun bears Jo Jo and Srey-Ya is a great example of international teams working together to overcome huge obstacles to rescue animals."

Check out their website for more information www.tiptree.com 

Essex County Cricket Club & Colchester United

Essex County Cricket Club support our Displays arena and Colchester United support Tiger Taiga. Together we have reciprocal links for promotions and Colchester Zoo is promoted on signage at both grounds.


7fridge-imageSeven Refrigeration

Ipswich based national cold storage and refrigeration firm Seven Refrigeration are supporting our charity Action for the Wild to increase awareness of the plight of two of the world’s most endangered big cats the Amur Leopard and Amur Tiger. Along with a financial contribution to the charity, two of Seven Refrigeration’s vans have been wrapped with graphics depicting the big cats.

The two vans will be out on the roads nationwide providing support to Seven Refrigeration’s network of refrigerated portable coldstores as well as spreading the word of conservation for these species and the work which Action for the Wild supports.

Find out more about Severn Refrigeration and the services they provide on their website www.sevenrefrigeration.co.uk


Olympus have kindly donated enrichment activities to our two sun bears Jo-Jo and Srey Ya. Olympus KeyMed strives to play an integral role in helping people around the world lead safer, healthier and more fulfilling lives and, in addition to offering knowledge, expertise and world renowned products, the company actively supports a number of local, regional and global social causes to better the world.  

As part of it's Environmental Improvement Plan, Olympus KeyMed has empowered a number of working groups, made up of a cross section of enthusiastic employees, to focus on particular environmental aspects.  One of these groups is the Ecology Working Group.  Originally set up to minimise the company's impact on the site's ecology, the group has now looked to increase Olympus KeyMed's involvement with off-site conservation groups at a local, regional and global level - e.g. Essex Wildlife Trust, Colchester Zoo and the WWF.

To find out more about Olympus and their work visit www.olympus.co.uk

allwag promoAllwag Promotions

Allwag Promotional Merchandise is the proud corporate adopter of Colchester Zoo’s Orangutan Tiga. Tiga can be seen at Orangutan Forest alongside a plague from Allwag Promotions. 

Find out more about Allwag Promotions on their website www.allwag.co.uk



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9.30am – 5.00pm or dusk if earlier*

*Last admission 4.00pm

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