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
The Red Panda Network’s Forest Guardian programme not only empowers communities to protect red panda habitat but it also employs locals as professional forest stewards. They work within their own communities and perform red panda monitoring and outreach activities. They organize public workshops where...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
The Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro (CRPL) was established in 2002 in order to care for orphaned primates, providing them with a place for rehabilitation. As of April 2015, the centre is now home to 59 chimpanzees and 69...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Rhino poaching in South Africa has reached crisis point. Last year 1,215 rhinos were poached across the country - that’s one every eight hours. If the killing continues at this rate, rhino deaths could overtake births in 2016-2018, meaning in the...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
On 17th April 2015 a very special event took place on Colchester Zoo's UmPhafa Reserve as 14 Eland antelope were released onto the reserve. Local farmers believe that it is likely these magnificent animals had not roamed the foothills of UmPhafa for...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
We are delighted to let you know that Action for the Wild, Colchester Zoo’s charity, has completed the purchase of a huge near area of land that will enable us to link all the areas of the UmPhafa Private Nature...


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