We need your help for the future!

Although we are able to open for visits, we are still facing a challenging and uncertain time. We still need your help!

Together, with your help we can win the fight, without it we fear for the future.
Since the first lockdown in March 2020, Colchester Zoo launched an Emergency Operating Fund to help towards the zoo’s future which is still uncertain, even now months on.

Although the zoo has received hundreds of donations, letters of support during the number of closures we have since faced, the survival of Colchester Zoo is an ongoing battle – a battle that we fear losing. Especially as restrictions continue into 2021.

Colchester Zoo is set in over 60 acres and cares for over 10,000 animals costing over half a million pounds per month for animal welfare and the upkeep of the park.
Despite Colchester Zoo reopening between lockdowns, our capacity and therefore revenue has still been reduced to a third and so we are struggling to see a bright future due to the huge reduction of ordinary income.

We are heavily reliant upon ticket sales and visits to come out the other side of this but visitor numbers have plummeted despite the zoo opening with safety measures in place. Without your visits and support we will simply not be able to achieve our mission of helping protect species through education and conservation projects.

We have done our utmost to cut costs wherever possible with many difficult decisions being made but these savings are being swallowed by the day to day running of the zoo.

The majority of our overseas conservation support via our charity Action for the Wild has had to cease whilst the zoo’s future is in jeopardy.

Colchester Zoo employs over 250 staff, to help the zoo continue to operate the majority have been Furloughed or Flexi Furloughed.  Although the Furlough scheme has been extended our wage bill can only be reduced to a certain extent as the animals still need caring for and business operations cannot stop completely if we are to have any chance of surviving this nightmare.

The zoo has always endeavoured to reinvest into the park whether that be to bring something new for visitors, or to redevelop and improve areas for animals. Unfortunately, this has all had to stop whilst we cover monthly bills and try to re-build our cash reserve should we find ourselves in another situation where the zoo has to close due to further COVID restrictions.

Despite these cuts, there are some costs which simply cannot be sacrificed, relating to the animal care and welfare we provide.

Unfortunately, we are unable to access the Government’s Zoo Animal’s Fund, we do not qualify for any of the Government grants and cannot gift aid any donations we do receive as although we have a charitable arm, Colchester Zoo is not. This is why your support is vital and so important for the future survival of Colchester Zoo.

There are many ways you can support Colchester Zoo and its charity Action for the Wild. You can become a Passholder, Adopt one of our amazing species, join us for an Animal Experience, donate directly to us, come for a visit or leave a legacy in your will – find out more below!


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