Today's Weather at Colchester Zoo 13°CCloudy
Today’s Opening Times 9:30am - 5.00pm Last admission to zoo grounds at 4.00pm

Encounter Timetable

There’s plenty to see and do at Colchester Zoo, so make sure you make the most of your day!

What's On Now

  • Penguin (Inca Trail) @ 11:30
  • Lions @ 11:30

What's On Next

  • 11:45 - Scuttles, swims or strings
  • 12:00 - Pied Tamarin (Worlds Apart)
  • 12:00 - Sealions
  • 12:15 - Orangutan
  • 12:15 - Public Giraffe Feed
  • 12:30 - Public Elephant Feed
  • 12:30 - Wolves
  • 12:45 - Komodo Dragons
  • 13:00 - Amur Tigers
  • 13:00 - Chimpanzees
  • 14:00 - Sealions
  • 14:15 - Public Giraffe Feed
  • 14:30 - Public Elephant Feed
  • 14:30 - Familiar Friends
  • 14:45 - Orangutan
  • 15:00 - Edge of Africa
  • 15:00 - Penguins (Inca Trail)
  • 15:15 - Meerkat
  • 15:15 - Chimpanzee
  • 15:30 - Sealions
  • 15:30 - Amur Leopard
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These will be valid for today only and as they are booked on the day no discount is available on our gate price. All E-tickets are non refundable. Further T&Cs apply.


Please be aware that on the week commencing the 16th September our ‘Australian Rainbows’ lorikeet walk-through area will be closed for essential maintenance work.

Please note that some areas withing the park may be CLOSED whilst we prepare for over ever-popular Halloween events – animal viewing is not affected. These areas include but are not limited to: All Saints Church & Elephant Bush Walk.

Supervision of Children:

Unfortunately we are unable to allow admittance to children under the age of 16yrs without a full paying adult or adult passholder. Children under the age of 16yrs must be supervised by a responsible adult over the age of 16yrs at all times whilst inside the park. Unsupervised children will not be granted admission.

Operating Hours:

Some catering and retail outlets will close at least one hour prior to the zoo grounds as well as some interactive areas and the Kingdom of the Wild building. Please click here for catering open hours or visit our Dining page.

Jungle Tumble promptly closes 30 minutes prior to zoo grounds, last entry to the soft play facilities are 45 minutes prior to zoo closing time.

Some of the larger animal buildings close 30 minutes prior to the zoo grounds with last admission to these areas up to 30 minutes before this time.

Please note that the zoo car parks close a maximum of 30 minutes after the zoo closes.

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