There's always a new story to tell at Colchester Zoo, from welcoming new arrivals, to exciting things to see and discover.

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
On Saturday 29th November the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) in collaboration with its partners, released a pack of five African Wild Dogs that were brought together at Colchester Zoo’s UmPhafa Reserve into the Somkhanda Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The reserve...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Now that summer is on it's way here on UmPhafa it means the arrival of one of the defining features of our continent "The African Storm'. Brought on by high temperatures, it brings much needed rain for our animals and vegetation. Huge...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Jackal pups reported by ranger at UmPhafa! Last year UmPhafa didn’t have the best of luck with four little Black Backed Jackal pups that were located in a den along the main road. They were sadly all killed by a Honey...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Experts are urgently working to save Australia's Southern carroboree frogs from extinction in the wild. The critically endangered frogs, which live in the Snowy Mountains region of Kosciuszko National Park, showed no signs of breeding last year, and the worry is...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Ipswich based national cold storage and refrigeration firm Seven Refrigeration are supporting our charity Action for the Wild to increase awareness of the plight of two of the world’s most endangered big cats. Along with a financial contribution to the charity, Seven...


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