Walk on the Wild Side

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Please click here for Kids' Safari closure dates as it under goes essential maintenance.

Cafe UmPhafa is closed from 4th January for refurbishment. Meanwhile the entrance and exit to SFC will be situated at the double doors on the way to the toilets at SFC.

Unfortunately our road train is not in action due to a destructive fire.

 

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Cafe UmPhafa closed for refurbishment

Please be aware that the Café UmPhafa will be closed from the 4th January 2016 until February...

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Lost Madagascar Express Road Train closed due to destructive fire

We are sorry to report that due to a fire on 23rd December 2015 the Lost Madagascar...

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Christmas came early for our Elephants!

Over the past few weeks Colchester Zoo’s elephants have been enjoying a fantastic...

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Magic of Christmas Eventide

A Magic of Christmas Late Night event!  Colchester Zoo remains open until 8.30pm...

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Enjoy 15% off a Zoo Pass!

An offer not to be missed! 15% off Zoo Passes - join our family of Zoo Passholders! If...

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Colchester Zoo Autumn Magazine 2015

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Support Action for the Wild through Ebay!

Are you having a pre-Christmas clear out? Perhaps you’re planning to sell some...

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Colchester Zoo awarded best large attraction in Essex!

As part of the VisitEssex Tourism and Hospitality awards Colchester Zoo has proudly...

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  • Cafe UmPhafa closed for refurbishment

    Please be aware that the Café...

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  • Lost Madagascar Express Road Train closed due to destructive fire

    We are sorry to report that due...

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  • Christmas came early for our Elephants!

    Over the past few weeks Colchester...

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  • Magic of Christmas Eventide

    A Magic of Christmas Late Night...

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  • Enjoy 15% off a Zoo Pass!

    An offer not to be missed! 15%...

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  • Colchester Zoo Autumn Magazine 2015

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  • Support Action for the Wild through Ebay!

    Are you having a pre-Christmas...

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  • Colchester Zoo awarded best large attraction in Essex!

    As part of the VisitEssex Tourism...

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Primary Times Star Award Winner for third Year Running!

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We are honoured to be presented with the Star Award for Best Family Attraction in Essex for the 3rd year running!

A huge thank you to all of those who voted. We are always developing Colchester Zoo with both our animals and visitors needs in mind; with the aim of conserving endangered species. 

Each and every visit made to Colchester Zoo not only supports the ongoing developments and animals in situ but also assists the zoos charity, Action for the Wild, help conservation projects worldwide.  Without your visits this vital work would not be possible so thank you very much indeed.

primary times awards small 2All winners of Primary Times in Essex Star Awards 2016 were released on the 1st February 2016.  The awards champion the best places and best businesses within Essex for families with young children. 

Primary Times in Essex is a free ‘What’s on and Where to Go’ guide specifically for the families of children aged 4-11. It is published 7 times a year (prior to every school holiday and half term). It has a circulation of 90,000 copies distributed to primary, infant, junior and preparatory schools in Essex. It is also available at libraries and tourist information centres in Essex and is available online at www.primarytimes.net/essex as well as via a free Primary Times app.

For the full list of winners click here.

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Meet Dougal and Drew!

DrewOn the 24th October we welcomed the arrival of two male donkeys from Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire, one named Dougal and the other named Drew!

The two new arrivals are both nearly 2 years old and were born just a few weeks apart in the summer of 2014. The pair are also half-brothers sharing the same father, so its great news that they have moved to their new home together! Dougal and Drew have spent the last few months getting to know their keepers off show and settling into their new environment but have also more recently been spending some of their time down at the stables at our farm section meeting some of our visitors! 

Please be aware that Drew and Dougal will continue to spend time in the stables in our farm section on alternative days to our horses and will not be viewable every day. 

Did you know!? A female donkey is known as a Jenny and a male donkey is known as a Jack.

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Recent intern talks of his experience at the reserve!

UmPhafa truly is a special place and was an experience I will never forget. Whether you have an interest in conservation or just want the adventure of a lifetime spending time with some amazing African animals in their natural habitat, I cannot recommend it highly enough. The staff are all amazing especially the Coordinators Sarah and Jandre, they are so welcoming and friendly.

I had never done anything like this before, travelling 8500 miles on my own and being away from my home in the UK for two months, but I can honestly say it is the best thing I have ever done. If you are in any doubt about whether you should do, just go for it, you won't regret it.

I made friends for life, both animals and human, learnt vital conservation skills and have memories that will last a lifetime. I hope to go back some day...

Now stop reading this and just sign up!!

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