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
Since 2010, Colchester Zoo’s Action for the Wild has donated £34,000 to sponsor the Orangutan Foundation funding their project on Bornean Orangutan Translocations and Veterinary Support in the 64,000ha Lamandau Wildlife Reserve, Indonesian Borneo. The Orangutan Foundation helps to fund and...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
The Red Panda Network is working in Nepal in the Panchthar-Ilam-Taplejung (PIT) corridor to protect and maintain a viable red panda population. This corridor is very important because of its large red panda habitat and also its connectivity to the other...

in Action for the Wild & UmPhafa
On the 18th October, staff on UmPhafa got a wonderful glimpse of a pair of ground hornbills on UmPhafa. This is the first time this species has been seen on the reserve in many years! Ground hornbills are listed as vulnerable on...

in General
Colchester Zoo's Christmas spirit will continue post Christmas as our NEW fantastic Christmas illuminations continue until 5th January!  From late afternoon between the 26th December - 5th January you'll be able to enjoy these fantastic lights around our lakelands.  So...

in Animals
Colchester Zoo is pleased to welcome a male Emerald tree monitor lizard! We are very excited to welcome this new arrival as this is a species of lizard we have never been home to before. This species inhabits monsoon rain forests...


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