Animal Adoptions

Adopt an animal at Colchester Zoo

Adopt an animal at Colchester Zoo and you are also helping to fund our work, as well as our charity, Action for the Wild which assists conservation projects all over the world.


You can choose any of the animals at Colchester Zoo to adopt and receive a mounted photograph and information all about your new charge! Details are also included below of the opportunity to adopt a species on Colchester Zoo's UmPhafa Nature Reserve in South Africa!

We have a number of adoption schemes available, choose from the below;

Struggling to choose an animal to adopt? Click here for a list of names of our most popular species to help you decide.

Click here to read more about how your adoption purchase helps

CZ-Exclamation-icon Please note that it takes at least 48 hours to process an adoption and it is then sent out by post. Please allow sufficient time for this when you place your booking. If you select an adoption scheme which includes a plaque, please allow up to 3 weeks for this to be put on the animal's enclosure.

Before purchasing an adoption please read the adoption terms and conditions here


News updates 

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4.30pm close or dusk if earlier (Except for Christmas Starlight Nights) 
Last admission to zoo grounds at 3.30pm

24th November, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 23rd December - 7.30pm close - Christmas Starlight Nights
Last admission to zoo grounds at 6.30pm

Click here for further closing times


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