Corporate Supporters

To find out more being a corporate supporter of Colchester Zoo, including Colchester Zoo’s new corporate adoption package which offers companies the chance to support the zoo and promote its involvement, please click here.

Imaginative Traveller

Imaginative Traveller NEW 2017 Half widthColchester Zoo partnered with Imaginative Traveller who provided an amazing trip of a lifetime for a family of 4 to Borneo to support the Going Ape for Conservation 2016 campaign! The competition is also supported by Dream 100FM.

Find out more about Imaginative Traveller here

Freeport Braintree

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Freeport Braintree, the Essex-based outlet Centre, are proudly linked to Colchester Zoo's prestigious 'Elephant Kingdom'. Freeport Braintree continues to work closely with Colchester Zoo promoting the good work of the zoo and its charity Action for the Wild.

Just 25 minutes away from Colchester Zoo, Freeport Braintree houses an impressive group of designer names set in a relaxing village environment. It also offers an escape from the stresses of city shopping with 1,500+ free car parking spaces available for all Freeport Braintree shoppers and unbeatable bargains with stores offering up to 60% off RRP every day.

For more information on Freeport Braintree, please visit www.freeport-braintree.com


Sainsburys NEW 2017 Half widthSainsbury Stanway is the main outlet for Colchester Zoo's magazine, free to all, they offer their customers the chance to find out more about local attractions and businesses.

They also assist us by providing donations of food for the animals here at Colchester Zoo and have supported Colchester Zoo's campaigns since 2013 helping with in store fundraising, advertising and promotions including a large advertising space at the front of their store. 


Butterfly Glade

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The Butterfly Glade walk through exhibit which opened in March 2015 is dedicated to the loving memory of a very special little girl, Isobel Rose Parmenter. She passed away on 5th October 2014 aged just 22 months from the extremely rare condition Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). 

Her parents Michael and Suzanne are so proud of the fight for life Isobel displayed and wanted something special and permanent to commemorate their beautiful daughter's life. The Zoo was the one place Isobel managed to visit on several occasions in her short life and her parents wanted to keep those special memories alive with something extra special here therefore with the help of family and friends, they are able to dedicate this beautiful exhibit especially to her.

Read more about Izzy's story here

For further information on LCH and Histiocytosis visit Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG)  www.cclg.org.uk/Langerhans-Cell-Histiocytosis-LCH and http://www.histiouk.org/

Izzy, "A butterfly to remind us even though we are apart, your spirit is always with us, forever in our hearts".

Wilkin & Sons

Tiptree NEW 2017 Half widthHere at Colchester Zoo we are pleased to have a supportive relationship with Wilkin & Sons, Tiptree.

Our two sun bears Jo Jo and Srey-Ya have been lucky to receive donations of delicious honey from Tiptree Jam Factory, owned by Wilkin & Sons, and this has provided them with enrichment for a number of years and proves to be one of their favourite treats!

Wilkin & Sons also offers further support by adopting Jo Jo and Srey-Ya in their home 'Bears of the Rising Sun'. Both of the bears cared for here at Colchester Zoo were confiscated by Government Anti-Poaching Patrols in Cambodia by Free the Bears in 2007 and 2008 respectively. To find out more about our Sun Bears and their home click here.

Ian Thurgood, managing director of Wilkin & Sons Ltd says "Colchester Zoo is an important local attraction encouraging families and school children to have a greater understanding of the world of animals, the story of the Sun bears Jo Jo and Srey-Ya is a great example of international teams working together to overcome huge obstacles to rescue animals."

Check out their website for more information www.tiptree.com 

Essex County Cricket Club & Colchester United

Essex County Cricket Club has supported our Displays arena and Colchester United have supported our tiger enclosure 'Tiger Taiga'. Together we have reciprocal links for promotions and Colchester Zoo is promoted on signage at both grounds.

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Olympus kindly donated enrichment activities to our two sun bears Jo-Jo and Srey Ya. Olympus KeyMed strives to play an integral role in helping people around the world lead safer, healthier and more fulfilling lives and, in addition to offering knowledge, expertise and world renowned products, the company actively supports a number of local, regional and global social causes to better the world.  

As part of it's Environmental Improvement Plan, Olympus KeyMed has empowered a number of working groups, made up of a cross section of enthusiastic employees, to focus on particular environmental aspects.  One of these groups is the Ecology Working Group.  Originally set up to minimise the company's impact on the site's ecology, the group has now looked to increase Olympus KeyMed's involvement with off-site conservation groups at a local, regional and global level - e.g. Essex Wildlife Trust, Colchester Zoo and the WWF.

To find out more about Olympus and their work visit www.olympus.co.uk

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Allwag Promotional Merchandise is the proud corporate adopter of Colchester Zoo’s Orangutan Tiga. Tiga can be seen at Orangutan Forest alongside a plague from Allwag Promotions. 

Find out more about Allwag Promotions on their website www.allwag.co.uk


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