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
Otters are at risk from habitat loss, pollution and an expanding population, but an extremely important threat is hunting for the illegal wildlife trade. This is clearly having a serious impact on otter populations and in places they have become locally...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
The Orangutan Foundation’s aim is to conserve the now critically endangered Bornean orangutan and its threatened habitat. They currently fund and operate five orangutan release camps in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. This reserve spans a 64,000ha...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Unfortunately, since the introduction of ostriches onto our UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve and despite the adults  producing large clutches of eggs and successfully hatching them, there has been very little success rate to date in the survival of their chicks. This was due to the...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
One of the popular walks on the reserve is through a place called Leopard Gorge. One of the highlights of the walk is the mysterious bone caves. For many years we have speculated what is using the caves and leaving these...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
For many years there have been talks of Crocodiles in the Tugela River which runs alongside the UmPhafa Reserve in South Africa but no one has ever seen one. Then mid-September team got a call from one of their team members,...


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