Start Date1st Jul 2023 End Date1st Jul 2023


See the zoo in a different light as our doors open early from 7:30am for a rare opportunity to enjoy a number of special morning animal encounters!

Saturday 1st July 2023

To enjoy this exciting and rare event, you must hold a valid Colchester Zoo Pass, so BUY YOURS TODAY, to avoid missing out! Visit our Passholder page HERE to purchase yours today.

Selected catering outlets will also be open early. Pop by Penguini’s Restaurant, Snack Shack, Meerkat Hangout or Waterhole so that you can enjoy a tasty treat or a full breakfast to start your day!

Anyone under the age of 16yrs MUST be accompanied by a responsible guardian over the age of 18yrs. We will not admit anyone unaccompanied under the age of 16yrs.

  • Timetable of Encounters

    Please see the location and time of each encounter – CLICK HERE for a MAP showing each encounter location.

    7:45amRainforestRainforest Walkthrough
    7:50amBornean OrangutanRajang’s Forest (Upper outside viewing area by All Saints Church)
    8:00amGuinea PigsFamiliar Friends
    8:00amHumboldt Penguin Inca Trail
    8:00am Red PandaWilds of Asia
    8:10am Oxford Sandy and Black PigThe Pig Patch
    8:15am Buffy-headed CapuchinNear the main entrance
    8:15am Colenso Village (Goats and Sheep)Familiar Friends
    8:15am Slender-tailed Meerkat – Feed and morning checkSuricata Sands
    8:30am Gelada BaboonGelada Plateau
    8:30am Cherry-crowned MangabeyMangabey Mangrove
    8:30am Komodo DragonDragons of Komodo
    8:45am Smooth-coated OtterOtter Creek
    8:50am CheetahEdge of Africa
    8:50am Malayan Sun BearBears of the Rising Sun (Upper viewing area)
    9:00am Bush DogLost Madagascar Train Station by Tiger Taiga
    9:00am African ElephantElephant Kingdom (Outside paddock)
    9:00am Patagonian Sea LionPlaya Patagonia (Upper viewing pool and lower tunnel)
    9:10am Reticulated Giraffe, Maneless Zebra, White Rhino, Greater Kudu and Crowned CraneKingdom of the Wild (Outside paddock)
    9:20am Mandrill MonkeyEdge of Africa

    PLEASE NOTE: It is NOT possible to see ALL encounters taking place during the event as some encounters take place at the same time as others to give more options for our visitors. All activities, terms & conditions, dates, times and prices are subject to change.

The event is at Colchester Zoo. Each encounter location is as stated above. CLICK HERE for a MAP showing each encounter location.
Wake Up With takes please on Saturday 1st July 2023 and begins at 7:30am. The zoo will remain open for the rest of the day for Passholders and non-passholders to enjoy the park as they would on a normal Saturday.
The encounters run from 7:45am, with the last encounter at 9:20am to be finished in time for general admission for all non-passholders at 9:30am. Each encounter lasts around 10 minutes.
Under 16yrs must be accompanied by a responsible adult over 16 yrs at all times whilst in the park. Unaccompanied persons under 16 yrs will not be admitted.
Entry to Wake Up With is ONLY for those with a valid Colchester Zoo Membership Pass. If you wish to enjoy this exclusive event, you must have purchased a pass that began BEFORE 1st July 2023 to qualify for admission. You are not required to book a timed entry slot for this event – simply arrive with your valid pass to enter.

CLICK HERE to renew or purchase a zoo pass.

Standard Entry Terms and Conditions apply to this event – please read them HERE

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