Start Date17th Feb 2024 End Date25th Feb 2024

Zooper Heroes

17th February – 25th February 2024

Throughout February Half Term, we will be celebrating the Zooper Heroes at Colchester Zoo and their role in looking after our animals here and saving species in the wild!

From the Animal Care Team who care for our animals to researchers, educators and record keepers, come and find out about our Zooper Heroes at Colchester Zoo. Grab your little one’s cape and boots this half term and watch as your child becomes a wildlife hero and joins the fight against extinction!

Passholders: This event is FREE for Zoo Passholders. Simply turn up on the day and bring with you your valid zoo pass to gain entry into the zoo.
Paying Visitors: We recommend all non-passholders to book their tickets online in advance to receive the best price on admission.

SAVE 10% OFF admission this February Half Term with our Zooper E-ticket Offer!
Find out more here.
*Offer available on pre-booked E-tickets only.


Please see activities below:

Zooper Hero Trail
9:30am to Zoo Close
Various locations around the Zoo

Journey around the Zoo and complete the trail for your chance to WIN an Animal Experience!

As you travel around the Zoo, see if you can spot our 8 Zooper Heroes.

Each Zooper Hero has three statements about their job.
Your task is to work out which statement is FALSE!
Make a note of the letter written next to each false statement as you go round the Zoo.
Rearrange all 8 letters to find the mystery word and submit your answer below.
HINT – I’m a nocturnal, digging animal!

  • Submit Your Answer

      Entrant details must be completed by an adult over the age of 18 years. We cannot accept entries without acceptance of the Competition Terms and Conditions. Your details will not be automatically added to our mailing list, your details are simply taken for entry to this competition.

      We will never sell or share your personal data with third parties or use it for purposes outside responding to your enquiry.



    Zoo Crew Meet n’ Greet

    Meet some of your favourite Zoo Crew characters!

    10:30am to 11:00am Main Stage, next to Penguini’s Restaurant terrace
    11:30am to 12 midday Main Stage, next to Penguini’s Restaurant terrace
    3:30pm to 4:00pm Photo Point at Entrance

    Exploratorium
    11:00am to 4:00pm
    Kingdom of the Wild

    Our ever-popular Exploratorium returns with NEW conservation warrior boxes.


    Keeper on the Couch
    12 Midday
    Main Stage, next to Penguini’s Restaurant terrace

    *In wet weather, this activity will take place in the Kalahari Theatre.

    Learn just what it takes to care for some of the most endangered species at the Zoo as we are joined daily by different members of the Animal Care Team!

    Saturday 17th FebruaryKirbie Snowling, Giraffe Section
    Sunday 18th FebruaryNic Campbell, Tiger Section
    Monday 19th FebruaryLizzy Gell, Primate Section
    Tuesday 20th FebruaryAsh Lamb, Carnivore Section
    Wednesday 21st FebruaryLaura Hickey, Farm Section
    Thursday 22nd FebruaryKirsty Lawman, Sea Lion Section
    Friday 23rd FebruaryJess Brookes, Elephant Section
    Saturday 24th FebruaryHarley McTiernan, Reptile Section
    Sunday 25th FebruaryCarrie Hollingworth, Rainforest Section

    Enrichment Stations

    Create enrichment for some of our animals and watch as they investigate your creations at selected encounters. See timetable below.

    Sat 17th 10:15am – Red Panda
    (River’s Edge)
    11:00am – Humboldt Penguin
    (Inca Trail)
    2:15pm – Amur Leopard
    (Ussuri Falls)
    Sun 18th 11:15am – Pygmy Hippo
    (Kingdom of the Wild)
    12:30pm – Amur Tiger
    (Tiger Taiga)
    2:45pm – Meerkats
    (Suricata Sands)
    Mon 19th 11:15am – Komodo Dragons
    (Dragons of Komodo)
    1:45pm – African Elephant
    (Elephant Kingdom)
    2:30pm – African Paddock
    (Kingdom of the Wild)
    Tue 20th 10:15am – Red Panda
    (River’s Edge)
    11:00am – Humboldt Penguin
    (Inca Trail)
    2:15pm – Amur Leopard
    (Ussuri Falls)
    Wed 21st 11:15am – Komodo Dragons
    (Dragons of Komodo)
    12:30pm – Amur Tiger
    (Tiger Taiga)
    2:45pm – Meerkats
    (Suricata Sands)
    Thu 22nd11:15am – Pygmy Hippo
    (Hippo Cove)
    1:45pm – African Elephant
    (Elephant Kingdom)
    2:30pm – African Paddock
    (Kingdom of the Wild)
    Fri 23rd 10:15am – Red Panda
    (River’s Edge)
    11:15am – Komodo Dragons
    (Dragons of Komodo)
    2:15pm – Amur Leopard
    (Ussuri Falls)
    Sat 24th 11:00am – Humboldt Penguin
    (Inca Trail)
    12:30pm – Amur Tiger
    (Tiger Taiga)
    2:45pm – Meerkats
    (Suricata Sands)
    Sun 25th 11:15am – Pygmy Hippo
    (Hippo Cove)
    1:45pm – African Elephant
    (Elephant Kingdom)
    2:30pm – African Paddock
    (Kingdom of the Wild)

    All activities, dates and times are subject to change.

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