Rated as one of the top zoos in the UK, Colchester Zoo, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes is home to over 260 stunning species. Gaining the 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, this attraction will really transport you into a world full of magnificent animals, exceptional daily displays and learning experiences for the whole family. Colchester Zoo is constantly working to develop and expand its facilities, aiming to achieve the highest standards and improve both visitor experience and animal welfare. New additions to this attraction include impressive developments of the chimpanzee exhibit, the evolution of the Butterfly Glade walk-through butterfly enclosure, and Australian Rainbows - a unique tropical lorikeets walk-through. With a full calendar of events throughout the year including summer holiday campaign events, spook-tacular October Shriek Week and magical Christmas events throughout November and December, Colchester Zoo is packed full of activities for all the family.
Originally known as Stanway Hall Park Zoo, Colchester Zoo was opened on the 2nd June 1963 by Frank and Helena Farrar and so celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013. In 1983 Angela and Dominique Tropeano took over the zoo, investing many thousands of pounds to dramatically raise zoo standards and provide the best possible animal welfare. Over the years, Colchester Zoo has become well known for its modern ground breaking enclosures, despite receiving no external assistance. It depends on its income from admissions and other revenues to develop and fund its conservation work. The zoo has won many awards for its enclosure development, animal welfare and conservation, including awards for animal husbandry and breeding programmes, as well as customer relations and best attraction awards. Colchester Zoo also supports conservation in the wild, actively supporting a number of different projects around the world, which are all working to protect endangered species. These projects are supported through the zoo's charitable arm Action for the Wild, which was set up in 1993 and achieved charitable status in 2004. In 2005, Colchester Zoo purchased three farms to develop the UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve in South Africa where zebra, rhino, giraffe and countless other animals have been released. Colchester Zoo continues to grow and develop to meet the demands of the 21st century and strives to ensure that it leads the way in the fields of conservation, education and research.
"Marvel at the magnificent animals, admire the beautiful surroundings and enjoy the seasonal events throughout the year at Colchester Zoo. Pioneers in animal conservation work, it is easy to see why Colchester Zoo have received awards in excellence and are rated one of the finest zoos in Britain."