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 the 18th October, staff on UmPhafa got a wonderful glimpse of a pair of ground hornbills on UmPhafa. This is the first time this species has been seen on the reserve in many years! Ground hornbills are listed as vulnerable on...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
As the round pound is soon to be permantely replaced with the new 12 sided pound coin we're encouraging you to donate your last remaining old style coins to charity!  Our own charity Action for the Wild has a number of...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Over the last month, interns and staff at Colchester Zoo's UmPhafa Reserve have done an amazing job, renovating the dam outside Elworthy House. The reserve has two filtering systems going into this dam that recycle the waste water from Elworthy house...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
In July 2017, Action for the Wild made another donation to our supported project the N/a’an ku sê Research Programme in Namibia, bringing the total donated to date to £24,209 since our support began in 2012. Namibia is one of only...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
This time of year wildfires are a big worry for many farms and reserves in South Africa. In order to prevent these dangerous fires from spreading and losing control, many reserves such as UmPhafa use a technique called controlled burning to...


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