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
With security incidents such as poaching on the increase in South Africa it is important that we equip our reserve’s first responders with the necessary protective equipment. Sadly the use of firearms by poachers is a reality so we felt it was necessary to...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
In mid September, Foundation rescue teams were called out late at night to rescue a seven-year-old male orangutan found roaming about a local oil-palm plantation. Fortunately, the orangutan, now named Gagap, has already been successfully released into Camp Buluh in the...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Sadly Colchester Zoo’s UmPhafa Reserve has recently been involved in fighting a fire which had broken out on the top of the mountains in the area. It took over 4 days for the fire to be extinguished with the amazing staff...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Orangutans are facing daily threats of injury and death from the conflict between humans and wildlife over the rich habitat in the forests of Borneo. Individual orangutans are becoming trapped and isolated as the natural resources of the forest are destroyed...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Water is one of nature’s greatest commodities that is never taken for granted in Africa. If the rains don’t arrive for many areas it simply means no water. Here on UmPhafa we are incredibly lucky to have the strong and constant...


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