Colchester ZooColchester Category For the Family
Colchester Zoo is now one of the finest Zoos in Europe due to a constant programme of development and has won the coveted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year” Award and the “Sustainable Tourism Award” for its efforts in recycling and green practices from the East of England Tourist Board.
With over 260 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. There are over 40 daily displays, an undercover soft play area, 4 adventure play areas, The Lost Madagascar Express road train and much more!
There is so much to see and do with just some of the sights including watching sea lions swimming above your heads at Playa Patagonia, and penguins swimming underwater at Penguin Shores. Visit Walking Giants to see 3 out of 4 of the world’s biggest tortoise species in their energy efficient enclosure!
You can watch our white rhino, giraffes, zebras, greater kudu and ostriches together at the Kingdom of the Wild. Opposite you can see our herd of four elephants at Elephant Kingdom.
Colchester Zoo’s Dragons of Komodo houses the two Komodo Dragons, and at Tiger Taiga you can see our pair of Amur tigers, which are one of the rarest big cat species.
You can also visit the impressive Otter Creek, exhibit housing our group of smooth-coated otters, it provides numerous viewing opportunities and an exciting and diverse habitat for the group. Wilds of Asia has also been recently completed, and houses our pileated gibbons, rhinoceros hornbills and red panda species in new, spacious and naturalistic enclosures.
Also open to visitors, is phase one of Colchester Zoo's Nature Area, accessible through the Tiger taiga viewing tunnel it encompasses a boardwalk around the scenic wetland habitat, with a specially constructed bird hide overlooking the lake and plenty of wildlife homes’ such as bug hotels and bat boxes to help encourage different species to inhabit the area.
Our Amur Leopards enclosure, Leopards at Ussuri Falls provides a large home with separate enclosures for our Amur Leopards. The enclosure has been fitted with a new training wall so that you can see how Colchester Zoo’s training techniques are used to enrich our animals’ lives and aid vital research that is helping conservationists to protect this animal in the wild.
You can get closer to a whole range of animals during your visit including the unique chance to help feed the elephants and giraffes yourself!