There's always a new story to tell at Colchester Zoo, from welcoming new arrivals, to exciting things to see and discover.

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We are delighted to have been awarded a Primary Times Star Award for the 4th year in a row, this time for Best Venue for Animal Encounters in Essex! It is fantastic for the zoo to be acknowledged for the up...

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My name is Michael Parmenter and I am an extremely lucky man. I am the daddy to a very special little Angel, my daughter Isobel, and I would like you to read my story about the reasons why I need your...

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We are honoured to be presented with two Raring2Go Awards! Colchester Zoo was voted the WINNER of this year’s Family Favourite Day Out, as well as runner up for the Readers Choice award! A huge thank you to all of those who voted!...

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We are honoured to be presented with not just one but two the Essex Mum Awards!  Colchester Zoo is officially the winner of this year’s Best Day Out: Outdoors award as well as winner for the Best Halloween Event for...

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One of Colchester Zoo’s keepers Dave Morgan has recently returned from a trip to Ghana, West Africa during which he visited the areas only two zoos, Accra Zoo and Kumasi Zoo. The purpose of his trip was to work with the...


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Last admission to zoo grounds at 4.00pm

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