Koi Niwa
Under Water

Koi Niwa

Koi Niwa

Area:
Eastern Asia
Status:
Not listed
Quick Fact:

Nishikigoi, commonly referred to as Koi, are the national fish of Japan.

Koi are referred to as 'living jewels' or 'swimming flowers'

 

Horses and Donkeys
Mammals

Horses and Donkeys

Familiar Friends

Status:
Not listed
Quick Fact:

Here at Colchester Zoo we have a number of horses and donkeys that rotate from their stable to their field.

All of our horses are rescues from the World Horse Welfare who rehome horses with us who enjoy human interaction.

There are more than 300 breeds of horse developed for many different uses.

A male donkey is called a Jack, and a female is called a Jenny or Jennet.

Giant Asian Pond Turtle (Heosemys grandis)
Reptiles

Giant Asian Pond Turtle (Heosemys grandis)

Orangutan Forest

Area:
South East Asia
Status:
Vulnerable
Quick Fact:

The giant Asian pond turtle is one of the largest hard-shelled, semi-aquatic turtles.

Binturong (Arctictis binturong)
Mammals

Binturong (Arctictis binturong)

Wilds of Asia

Area:
South East Asia
Status:
Vulnerable
Quick Fact:

Binturongs mark their territory by leaving a musky substance that smells like popcorn!

Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea)
Reptiles

Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea)

Walking Giants

Area:
Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles
Status:
Vulnerable and listed on Appendix II of CITES
Quick Fact:

The Aldabra giant tortoise is indeed a giant, with individuals reaching over one metre in length!

Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis)
Big Cats

Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis)

Leopards at Ussuri Falls

Area:
Russian far east and possibly north east China
Status:
Critically Endangered
Encounter:
11:45
Quick Fact:

Amur leopards are distinctive due to their pale coat and dark rosettes which are large and widely spaced with thick, unbroken rings. Our enclosure is home to our two leopards (one male and one female)

See if you can spot the leopards in their enclosures, or learn more about them at the daily leopard encounter during your next visit!

Amur Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica)
Big Cats

Amur Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica)

Tiger Taiga

Area:
Russian Far East
Status:
Endangered and listed on Appendix I of CITES
Encounter:
13:00
Quick Fact:

Much like a human fingerprint, no two tigers have the same stripe pattern.

Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus)
Reptiles

Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus)

Wilds of Asia

Area:
Southern Asia
Status:
Near Threatened and listed on Appendix II of CITES
Quick Fact:

We have one male and one female Burmese pythons housed in the Wilds of Asia exhibit.

The Burmese python are capable of reaching 23 feet or more in length and can weigh up to 200 pounds!

Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)
Birds

Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)

World of Wings

Area:
Alaska, Canada, North America, North Europe and Asia
Status:
Least concern and listed on Appendix II of CITES
Quick Fact:

The great grey owl is one of the world's most instantly recognisable birds of prey. The great grey owl is almost all feathers for insulation, underneath its body is no bigger than a tawny owl.

 

 

 

Grey Wolf (Canis lupus)
Mammals

Grey Wolf (Canis lupus)

Call of the Wild

Area:
Canada, Eastern Russia, and parts of the US and Europe.
Status:
Least concern and listed on Appendix II of CITES, except for populations from Bhutan, Nepal, India and Pakistan, which are listed on Appendix I.
Encounter:
12:30
Quick Fact:

The grey wolf is the largest wild canid, or member of the 'dog' family. Grey wolves are social animals and the ancestor of all domestic dogs. In the wild they live in packs of 5–10 individuals and have a highly organised social structure.

 

 

Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis)
Reptiles

Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis)

Dragons of Komodo

Area:
Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Gili Motang, Gili Dasami and Flores
Status:
Vulnerable and listed on Appendix I of CITES
Encounter:
12:45
Quick Fact:

The Komodo dragon is classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and listed on Appendix I of CITES; their number has declined in the wild due to the threat of widespread habitat loss, a loss of prey species and hunting.

Lion-Tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus)
Mammals

Lion-Tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus)

Wilds of Asia

Area:
The Ghat Mountains of south-west India.
Status:
Endangered and listed on Appendix I of CITES
Quick Fact:

The lion-tailed macaques name comes from its long tail, which has a tassel at the end like that of a lion.

Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus)
Mammals

Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus)

Orangutan Forest

Area:
Borneo
Status:
Endangered and listed on Appendix I of CITES
Encounter:
12:15 & 14:30
Quick Fact:

Orangutan means 'person of the forest'

Orangutans are extremely endangered in the wild. The main reason is that their rainforest home is being cut down to make way for palm oil plantations. This is a very high profit crop and it is thought that 10% of all supermarket products contain it. This is causing severe habitat loss, which is causing the dramatic depletion in orangutan numbers.

Philippine Spotted Deer (Rusa alfredi)
Mammals

Philippine Spotted Deer (Rusa alfredi)

Island Dwellers

Area:
The islands of Negros and Panay in the Philippines
Status:
Endangered
Quick Fact:

The Philippine spotted deer is also known as Visayan spotted deer and it is thought that they are mainly nocturnal, emerging at dusk to look for food.

Pileated gibbon (Hylobates pileatus)
Mammals

Pileated gibbon (Hylobates pileatus)

Wilds of Asia

Area:
Cambodia, Laos and south-east Thailand
Status:
Endangered on the IUCN Red List and listed on Appendix I of CITES
Quick Fact:

The Pileated gibbons live in socially monogamous pairs so the male and a female live together and rear their offspring together.

Red panda (Ailurus fulgens)
Mammals

Red panda (Ailurus fulgens)

Wilds of Asia

Area:
Himalayas from Nepal to Assam
Status:
Endangered and listed on Appendix I of CITES
Encounter:
11:00
Quick Fact:

Our breeding pair of red pandas are housed in an open air enclosure with a number of different platforms and plenty of space for them to climb and explore.  The enclosure has plenty of bamboo for our individuals to enjoy, as this makes up 95% of their diet in the wild. Bamboo is highly nutritous and red pandas may spend up to 13 hours foraging for this food source as well as consuming 200,000 bamboo leaves a day.

Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros)
Birds

Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros)

Wilds of Asia

Area:
Brunei Darussalam; Indonesia; Malaysia; Thailand
Status:
Near Threatened and Appendix II of CITES.
Quick Fact:

The Rhinoceros Hornbill has a prominent golden-yellow horn, called a casque, on the top of its beak. The casque is a hollow structure made up of keratin (the same material as human fingernails) and acts as a resonating chamber, amplifying the bird’s calls.

Smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata)
Mammals

Smooth-coated otters (Lutrogale perspicillata)

Otter Creek

Area:
Southern and Southeast Asia, India, and China
Status:
Vulnerable and listed on Appendix II of CITES
Encounter:
14:30
Quick Fact:

Smooth coated otters love being in water and use all four paws to ‘doggy paddle’

 

Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus)
Mammals

Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus)

Bears of the Rising Sun

Area:
South-eastern Asia, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo
Status:
Vulnerable and listed on Appendix I of CITES
Quick Fact:

The sun bear, also known as the dog bear or honey bear, after its love of honey, is the smallest of the eight bear species. It is black with a golden crescent marking on its chest which, in ancient Eastern folklore, represents the sun.

Visayan Warty Pig (Sus cebifrons)
Mammals

Visayan Warty Pig (Sus cebifrons)

Island Dwellers

Area:
The islands of Negros and Panay in the Philippines.
Status:
Critically Endangered
Quick Fact:

The Visayan warty pig is a dark grey colour, and the body is lightly covered with bristly hairs.  There is a tuft of hair in between the ears and like all pigs, the face is long and ends with a round nasal disc

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