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
The Orangutan Foundation is working to save orangutans by protecting their tropical forest habitat, working with local communities and promoting research and education. In 2017, Action for the Wild donated £6,000 for a veterinarian’s salary and associated costs necessary to perform...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Colchester Zoo’s Action for the Wild began supporting the Red Panda Network forest guardian scheme in 2014, joining forces with the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) European Endangered Species Breeding Programme to help fund Forest Guardians to work within...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Through its Tiger Health Programme, Wildlife Vets International provides clinical services, on-site training, disease investigation and some research activities for a variety of wild tiger projects in different countries. In 2017, ACTION FOR THE WILD donated £5,000 to start producing a...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Education is one of our main aims on UmPhafa. Since 2009, we have run an internship programme to raise awareness and educate on our wildlife species and conservation and research activities. Over the years, we have also been involved in a...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Access to water is one of the main limiting factors for our wildlife species on UmPhafa, particularly on the western area of our reserve. In recent years, South Africa has been experiencing drought conditions. Rainfall in the South African summer, between...


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Animated gif of a elephant