From January 2020 Penguin Shores is due to undergo redevelopment work and will therefore be closed for approximately 6 months. Find out more here.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.
Our opening times:
We are open daily from 9.30am - 4.30pm. On the 14th, 21st & 22nd December we are open until 7.30pm as part of our Christmas Starlight Night events. Last admissions to zoo grounds is 1 hour before closing.
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)
12:30 & 14:30
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.
Don't miss the daily feed times where you can get the unique opportunity to hand feed the elephants yourself!
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.