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


in Animals
At the end of September 2017 Colchester Zoo were extremely excited to announce the arrival of the first baby Tamandua to be born in Colchester Zoo’s history to our pair Oreo and Ruth. The young Tamandua has been confirmed as female...

in Animals
Colchester Zoo is deeply shocked and saddened to announce the unexpected loss of their male Komodo Dragon, Telu on the morning of Thursday 23rd November 2017.  Telu’s passing was unforeseen; therefore Telu was sent for post mortem to identify his cause...

in Animals
On Friday 29th September Blue duiker Jasmine gave birth to a single healthy male calf! Both mum and her new arrival are doing well as Jasmine continues to be a very attentive mother. Dad, Jafar is also lending a hand to...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
Education is one of our main aims on UmPhafa. Since 2009, we have run an internship programme to raise awareness and educate on our wildlife species and conservation and research activities. Over the years, we have also been involved in a...

in General
Once again the Primary Times Star Awards have begun and votes are coming in for the best family friendly places in Essex.  Colchester Zoo has previously won the 2016 Primary Times Star Award for Best Family Attraction in Essex, and 2017 Best attractions...


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