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
During the early hours of the 23rd June staff on the UmPhafa Reserve spotted two leopards! It is presumed that the pair are a female and her cub, as one was much smaller than the other. A few days’ later staff found...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Previous UmPhafa intern Helen Wildin, has completed her sponsored coast to coast bike ride to raise money to help with the continued running of Colchester Zoo’s UmPhafa reserve. Helen's cycle took her from Morecombe to Bridlington along a 170 mile route...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Human populations living near a protected forest area in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are depending more and more on the natural resources within in order to survive. Wildlife poaching for meat, logging, illegal mining, charcoal production and crop farming...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Chodoba was a young elephant calf when he was found weak and alone – it's likely his mother was killed by ivory poachers or had been involved in a conflict with humans. Luckily he was spotted and taken to the safety...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
The number of rhinos poached in South Africa is rapidly approaching 300 so far this year. 1,004 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone in 2013, more than double the amount in 2011 when 445 were killed. An increase in the...


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