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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A look back... In celebration of the opening of Colchester Zoo’s bear enclosure ‘Bears of the Rising Sun’, a number of special events took place during 2014 Year of the Bear. There were opportunities to find out more about bears in...

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On Friday 5th and Saturday 6th September, staff and volunteers took part in this year’s BIAZA BioBlitz!     The BioBlitz was conducted on the zoos nature area, and the survey included sightings of amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, insects and plants. Moth...

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African Elephant Orphanage to benefit from initiative Freeport Braintree, the Essex-based outlet Centre, has engaged with Colchester Zoo, as sponsors of its prestigious Elephant Kingdom. Here at the zoo, Elephant Kingdom houses four adult African Elephants - three females and one...

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Stand Tall Legacy Giraffe stands proudly at Lion Walk Shopping Centre, Colchester In 2013 Colchester Zoo celebrated its 50th birthday and part of the birthday celebrations included the 'Stand Tall for Giraffes' campaign. This large-scale public art event saw over...

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Colchester Zoo is pleased to have received a helping hand from Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard, one of Colchester's top retail areas. With names like Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard it was clear to everyone involved which animal enclosure...


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