Passholders can visit after 1:00pm WITHOUT the need to pre-book at weekends. Midweek we are trialling reopening the zoo to all valid Zoo Passholders without the need to pre-book.
Please note entry is dependant on capacity within the park. We may be required to work on a 1-out 1-in system as a safety precaution.
All other visitors MUST pre-book their tickets online via our website to help us manage the capacity within the park.
Following government guidance face coverings MUST now be worn in ALL indoor areas. Please click here to read our full list of safety measures which we have put in place to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit.
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Closures Please note that our Flamingo flock is currently off show due to essential maintenance work taking place. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.
L'hoest monkeys have a white ruff that frames the face with distinctive deep set orange eyes. Their bodies are black and have long legs which are grizzled with grey. They have a chestnut coloured “saddle” at the base of their back.
These lemurs get their names from the ‘crown’ marking above their eye line. The male lemur is a brown colour with grey underparts and a black crown, while the female is grey with cream underparts and an orange crown.
Near Threatened and listed on Apppendix I of CITES
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.
Vulnerable and listed on Appendix II on the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS or Bonn Convention). Listed in Appendix I of CITES in 1989, but the populations of the following Range States have since been transferred back to Appendix II: Botswana (1997), Namibia (1997), South Africa (2000) and Zimbabwe (1997)
The largest recorded African elephant weighed an impressive ten tonnes. The African elephant’s brain is bigger than that of any other animal with the skull making up 25% of its body weight.
West and central sub Saharan Africa to northern South Africa and Madagascar.
Instantly recognisable for its bright rufous fur, the red river hog is undoubtedly the most strikingly coloured of all wild pigs
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.
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