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
This young African Rock Python was found on a neighbours farm to Colchester Zoo's UmPhafa Reserve. Our staff went to the property to remove it for the safety of the reserve. Pythons are a rare sighting, they are a highly protected...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
The last few months at Colchester Zoo’s UmPhafa Reserve have been some of the most difficult since it first began. Veld fires have ravaged valuable grazing lands and times continue to remain tough with little rain and severe droughts taking their...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Colchester Zoo’s charity Action for the Wild supports VulPro, a vulture conservation programme in South Africa working to put Africa’s vultures first. Kat Smith, one of our keepers at Colchester Zoo, volunteered at Vulpro in May 2015 and has since gone...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Are you having a pre-Christmas clear out? Perhaps you’re planning to sell some of your old belongings on Ebay? Did you know that through ‘Ebay for Charity’ you can support good causes such as Colchester Zoo’s charity, Action for the Wild,...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
When we purchased the final piece of the UmPhafa puzzle there were a few changes we needed to make before we took down the fences between the new land and the older established lands. We wanted to ensure there was an...


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