Celebrating 60 Years of Colchester Zoo
2023 is set to be a BIG year for Colchester Zoo as it celebrates its 60th anniversary. We will be hosting a number of celebrations throughout the year, including introducing some exciting new arrivals and a special party on the 2nd June 2023, to mark the zoo’s official birthday!
L- R: Old Zoo Map. Punch and Judy display on lawn. Rajang at Colchester Zoo.
Although Rajang was not a pure Bornean orangutan he represented them and was an ambassador for the species. Bornean orangutans are classed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, so we are proud to remember Rajang, as well as raise awareness of our current orangutan residents, Tiga, Mali and Tatau, as part of our 60th celebrations. This will help to highlight the conservation of this incredible species and the ecological impact the world is currently facing.
As well as a year packed with celebratory events, we will also be releasing a range of special 60th birthday memorabilia to mark this joyous occasion, in our Outpost Gift Shop. Exclusive items include a limited edition 2023 calendar, a puzzle, a special Zoo Pass and a historical souvenir guide to name a few.
Colchester Zoo 2023 Calendar
Keep up to date with our birthday celebrations by purchasing our exclusive 2023 calendar which includes all of our upcoming special events, along with photos of your favourite animals. Available to purchase in the Outpost Gift Shop or online.
Please be aware the last posting date for guaranteed delivery by Christmas is Friday 16th December due to postal strikes. However, please be aware we are offering a click and collect option for those who are unable to purchase prior to the last guaranteed delivery date, simply select this delivery option when ordering online.
BIG Birthday Bash
Join us for our birthday bonanza on Friday 2nd June 2023, as we celebrate turning 60! Our special birthday is bursting at the seams just like our party balloons and is packed party vibes. Plus we will also have a Zoobilee Party with a closing time of 8:30pm.
Colchester Zoo Rocks
‘Colchester Zoo Rocks’ is a local school community project that we have put together to commemorate our 60th anniversary in 2023.
For ‘Colchester Zoo Rocks’ each participating school will be painting stones which, on return to the zoo, will be added to a commemorative garden. The theme for the art on the stones is the Zoo and its 60th anniversary; this could be a favourite animal or special memory at the Zoo.
Join us throughout 2023, with a calendar packed with fun-filled events to help celebrate our birthday.
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