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 2nd July, Amanda Butler and her husband, Barry Butler, from West Swindon arrived at Colchester Zoo to start a drive which saw them cover a distance of over 1,000 miles by car, over three days as they visited...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
We are delighted to have received £400.00 towards our charity Action for the Wild from the shoppers of Waitrose Colchester as part of their Community Matters scheme which ran during February/March 2016. Shoppers are given tokens upon purchases at Waitrose and...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
With the purchase of additional land in 2015, we are excited to announce that work is underway on the UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve to release cheetah onto the reserve. Cheetah will be the first planned predator introduction onto UmPhafa, as our...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Orphaned Elephants Zambezi and Musolole have taken their first steps towards a life back in the wild. On Tuesday 15th March they were relocated from the Lilayi Elephant Nursery outside Lusaka to the Kafue Release Facility in Kafue National Park. The...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
On 31 March 2016, batches of eggs from Colchester Zoo’s breeding programme for Fisher’s Estuarine Moth, one of Britain’s rarest moths, are to be introduced onto the National Trust’s Copt Hall Marshes.  The breeding programme has taken place at Colchester Zoo...


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