Kingdom of the Wild is one of Colchester Zoo's most impressive exhibits. It is a multi species complex which houses a range of different African species from reticulated giraffes, maneless zebra, pygmy hippos to monitor lizards and leopard tortoises. The giraffes, white rhino, maneless zebra, ostriches and greater kudu can all be seen mixing together in the main paddock recreating a savannah environment.
Inside the building you will find a variety of reptiles, invertebrates and fish species as well as our pygmy hippo and patas monkeys. Exiting through the ground floor of this 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.
Don't miss the aardvarks which can be found outside the main Kingdom of the Wild building on the main path by the lake. As aardvarks are nocturnal you may not be able to spot them outside, so make sure to step inside the burrow to see the group curled up inside!
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.
Reticulated Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata)
Distribution: Northeastern Kenya
Status: Least concern
We have a group of pure bred reticulated giraffes, all females; it is hoped that in the future they will be able to take a successful and active role in the EEP breeding programme for this species.
Don't miss the daily feed times where you can get the unique opportunity to hand feed the giraffes yourself!
Click here to see the feeds and displays timetable
Southern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum)
Distribution: South and northeast Africa
Status: Near Threatened and listed on Apppendix I of CITES
We have a group of five White Rhinos; three females and two male. Our group of Rhinos are part of the ESB breeding programme.
White rhinos were once the most endangered rhino species due to excessive hunting for their horns, which have been used to make dagger handles and trinkets. Rhino poaching has increased dramatically over the past few years, in 2012, 668 rhinos where killed for their horns.
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.
Pygmy Hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis)
Distribution: Western Africa, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone.
Status: Endangered and listed on Appendix II of CITES.
Kingdom of the Wild is also home to our pair of pygmy hippos.
The pygmy hippo spends less time in the water being largely terrestrial in comparison to the amphibious ways of its larger relative, the African hippopotamus
Patas Monkey (Erythrocebus patas)
Distribution: Senegal, east to Ethiopia and south to Tanzania.
Status: Least concern and listed on Appendix II of CITES.
Alongside the larger African mammals we also house some smaller animals, with a small troop of patas monkeys.
Patas monkeys are one of the fastest primates in the world and can run at speeds of 50 kmph.