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Our Kingdom of the Wild is one of Colchester Zoo’s most impressive exhibits, which houses a range of different African species. Here you will get to see reticulated giraffes, maneless zebras, white rhino, ostriches and greater kudu mixing together in the main paddock which we have recreated as a Savannah environment.

The inside area houses our pygmy hippos, a variety of reptiles, invertebrates and fish species. There is also a lovely view from the balcony overlooking our outdoor paddock. This is the perfect place to sit, relax and watch our African species.

If you exit through the ground floor of the building you will have a view alongside the paddock and be able to discover our African vulture aviary housing white backed vultures and Ruppells griffon vultures.

Please be aware that some interactive areas of Colchester Zoo and the Kingdom of the Wild building may close at least one hour prior to the zoo grounds.


Animals in Kingdom of the Wild

Pygmy Hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis)
Mammals

Pygmy Hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis)

Kingdom of the Wild

Area:
Western Africa, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone.
Status:
Endangered and listed on Appendix II of CITES.
Quick Fact:

The pygmy hippopotamus spends the day in water, and emerges when they are hungry and will feed on fruits, leaves, roots and grasses.

Maneless Zebra (Equus burchelli bohmi)
Mammals

Maneless Zebra (Equus burchelli bohmi)

Kingdom of the Wild

Area:
southern Sudan and southern Ethiopia, south along eastern Africa, as far as Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi, before spreading into most southern African countries.
Status:
Near Threatened
Quick Fact:

Each zebra has a unique stripe pattern that can be recognised by other family members!

Ostrich (Struthio camelus)
Birds

Ostrich (Struthio camelus)

Kingdom of the Wild

Area:
Africa, and has been introduced to southern Australia
Status:
Least concern
Quick Fact:

The ostrich is the only bird to have just 2 toes, one of which has a formidable 10 cm long claw!

African Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps)
Birds

African Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps)

Edge of Africa

Area:
East Africa
Status:
Endangered
Quick Fact:

The Crowned cranes are recognisable from the stiff, golden feathers which is on the top of their head.

Reticulated Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata)
Mammals

Reticulated Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata)

Kingdom of the Wild

Area:
Northeastern Kenya
Status:
Least concern
Encounter:
12:15 & 14:15
Quick Fact:

With their 45-centimetre prehensile, black tongue the giraffe can eat up to 134 kilograms of leaves a day! We have a group of pure-bred reticulated giraffes, all females.

Don't miss the daily feed times where you can get the unique opportunity to hand feed the giraffes yourself!

Southern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum)
Mammals

Southern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum)

Kingdom of the Wild

Area:
South and northeast Africa
Status:
Near Threatened and listed on Apppendix I of CITES
Quick Fact:

The white rhinoceros is the largest of the five rhinoceros’ species and one of the world’s biggest land animals. We have a group of five White Rhinos; three females and two males. Our group of Rhinos are part of the ESB breeding programme

Colchester Zoo's charity, Action for the Wild supports rhino conservation in South Africa raising funds for the equipment need to protect both white and black rhinos.


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Call of the Wild

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Colenso Village

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Dragons of Komodo

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Edge of Africa

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Elephant Kingdom

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Feathers of the Forest

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Gelada Bridge

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Island Dwellers

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Koi Niwa

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Lion Rock

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Otter Creek

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Out of Africa

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Playa Patagonia

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Southern Wild

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The Pig Patch

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Vulture Valley

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