Adoption Terms

  • All animals adopted remain the property of Colchester Zoo which reserves the right to transfer them to other establishments, as may be necessary. In such an event, adopters will be offered alternative animals.
  • A £12 (inc 20% VAT) fee will be charged for changes to your booking at any time after the paperwork has been issued.
  • Complimentary Adoption tickets do not qualify holders for a present from Santa in the Grotto at Christmas. No monetary value is attached to Complimentary Adoption tickets.
  • Adoptions are not exclusively available for any animal. Animal adoption photographs are of the species that has been adopted but not necessarily of the specific animal. With certain species that are particularly hard to photograph we do reserve the right to use a library shot.
  • Please allow up to two weeks for your adoption to be processed and up to 3 weeks for a plaque to be put on an animal's enclosure.
  • Adoptions are valid for a period of one year. All animals adopted remain the property of Colchester Zoo.
  • If an animal is no longer available for adoption due to relocation to another establishment or in other circumstances, an alternative animal to adopt will be offered. In these circumstances an updated adoption certificate will be sent to you free of charge for your adoption pack.
  • Where adopters qualify for a 15% discount off a Gold or Platinum Pass this is not valid in conjunction with any other offer.




Opening times: 

9.30am – 5.00pm or dusk if earlier*

*Last admission 4.00pm

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