Shops at the Zoo

Both Colchester Zoo's Ark Shop and Acacia Shop can be visited without entering the zoo.



Ark Shop - Perfect Souvenirs

generalEnter the Ark Shop to find the perfect souvenir from your day out at Colchester Zoo! Explore every corner of our shop, taking your time to discover our exciting collection of animal themed souvenirs and mementos, all handpicked to give you a permanent reminder of your experience.

Delve into our huge range of soft toys and books and let the kids take their own cuddly animal home with them! There is something for everyone from mugs to keyrings, back packs, sports cups and t-shirts plus if you are looking for something a little more wild why not take home some of our Zoo Poo! This blend of elephant and rhino poo freshly potted at Colchester Zoo is great for your gardens and makes a unique gift! 

Acacia Shop - Unique Gifts

AcaciaTake stroll through our Acacia shop; it’s the ultimate place to find a special treat at the end of the day, or even stock up on gifts for friends and family.

Take your pick from our selection of colourful glassware, stunning jewellery and animal print scarfs. Collectable animals from brands such as Schleich are also available plus original clay EDGE sculptures to remind you of the magnificent species we have at Colchester Zoo. 

There's loads more to see in both our shops, visit us and uncover the perfect gift without having to enter the zoo by popping into the shop or going online! 


Large shops in England are now required to charge a fee of 5p per single plastic bag as stated by the Department for Environmental Food & Rural Affairs. All the money raised from the sale of our plastic bags in donated to Colchester Zoo's charity, Action for the Wild.


5.00pm close or dusk if earlier
Last admission to zoo grounds at 4.00pm

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Animated gif of a rhino