Edge of Africa

Edge of Africa can be found within the far end of the zoo, and houses our cheetah, spotted hyena, mandrills, red river hogs, warthogs and other African species!

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Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Distribution: Found throughout sub-Saharan Africa with the exception of the Congo rainforests and the far south
Status: Least Concern.

We have had previous successful births with our Spotted hyena and hope to be able to help maintain the population of this species within the captive environment.

Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx)
Distribution: Western Africa including South Cameroon and Gabon
Status: Vulnerable and listed on Appendix I of CITES.

Our mandrill troop at Colchester Zoo have a very successful breeding record, with offspring born yearly.

Mandrills live in groups which number from 15 to 200 members. Each group contains at least one adult male, with one being dominant, 5 or so adult females and juveniles. The dominant male is the one with the brightest colouring since he has the most testosterone, as well as being the largest.

Look out for our dominant male when you visit the mandrill troop!

Red River Hog (Potamochoerus porcus)
Distribution: West and central sub Saharan Africa to northern South Africa and Madagascar.
Status: Least concern

We have a group of red river hogs here at Colchester Zoo. These wild species of pig are also known as bushpigs. They have a bristly coat, which can vary from reddish to greyish-brown, and they have a white mane running down their backs. They also have 2 overgrown teeth which protrude out of their mouths as tusks. 

Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)
Distribution: Central, eastern and southern Africa, south of the Sahara desert.
Status: Least concern

We have a group of warthogs living within their enclosure at Edge of Africa.

The warthog gets its name from the warts on its face and these warts help to protect the face and eyes from an opponent's tusks when fighting.

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Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
Distribution: Northern and central Africa and small areas of the Middle East.
Status: Vulnerable and listed on Appendix I of CITES.

We have a successful breeding pair of cheetahs, which are part of a European breeding programme (EEP).

Cheetahs are the fastest land mammal on our planet reaching speeds of 65mph.

Why not learn more about the cheetahs at their encounter?



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Last admission to zoo grounds at 3.30pm

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