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Colchester Zoo

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Address: Maldon Road | Stanway, Colchester, Colchester CO3 0SL, England
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Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its...

Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 270 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. As you walk around the zoo there's plenty of play areas to try out including the indoor soft play area Jungle Tumble with a section for under 3s and all new play equipment where the kids can release their wild side! New enclosures include a walk through enclosure with butterflies and another with Rainbow Lorikeets offering visitors a chance to feed them a treat of nectar. Plus there's 'Bears of the Rising Sun', a state of the art enclosure which houses two beautiful sun bears , Jo Jo and Srey Ya. You can also come face to face with Komodo Dragons, see white rhino, giraffes, ostrich and kudu roaming together at Kingdom of the Wild and walk underwater through the 24m tunnel at the Playa Patagonia sealion pool. Learn more about the animals and see them up close by watching one of the 50 daily displays. You even get the fantastic opportunity to feed the elephants and giraffes yourself and take a ride on the 'Lost Madagascar Express' road train! Don't forget to pop into the discovery centre and have a go at handling some unusual bugs or get your face painted and transform yourself into your favourite animal!

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Fantastic family day out

Having visited lots of zoos, safari and wildlife parks in the UK and North America, I have to say how impressed I am with this one. There are lots of opportunities to observe and... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2016
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

Having visited lots of zoos, safari and wildlife parks in the UK and North America, I have to say how impressed I am with this one. There are lots of opportunities to observe and interact with animals, very high welfare standards, superb enclosures with good quality viewing and clear, relevant information. The quality of the visit was improved by the... More 

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South Ockendon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

I live in Essex so regard this as my local zoo. It's fantastic, it has pretty much everything you could wish for from the big African animals down to insects of the world. My partner and I are particularly fond of the Meerkats and the Hyenas but, on our visit this year, the Baboons were particularly fun to watch as... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

I bought this experience for my daughter's 18th birthday present. The whole experience in her words was 'amazing'! She fed the elephants, was involved in feeding the birds and tortoises. Stroked the hippo, iteracted with the tiger feeding, met the bears and cleaned out their housing and lastly prepared and gave food to the anteaters. During each session she was... More 

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed this so much as a family today. The train ride was fantastic and includes a stop off with the Lemurs. There are numerous places to eat and food options for our vegetarian and gluten free members. There are excellent facilities for wheelchair users, easy access around the zoo, toilet facilities and considerate staff. Couldn't do it all in... More 

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Wallasey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We have recently been to this zoo and this was our first visit there. On arrival We were greeted by friendly staff and found the zoo fantastic. Lots of interesting things to do including feeding some of the larger animals which compared to other zoos We have visited was something we have not done before. The main reason for my... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

Had a lovely day with friends and family , would go again kids really enjoyed it lots for them to see and do. our family live local and they decided to buy a pass for the year it's that good

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

Brilliant day out with our grandchildren Rain or shine plenty to do for all ages Good access for pushchairs /wheelchairs

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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Living 30 mins drive away makes Colchester Zoo a regular day out and even though we generally see the same animals over and over again but we love it! The kids absolutely love the day out with all the play parks along the way and the Madagascar train ride and they love feeding the goats

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

We recently treated our daughter to the Fledgling Keeper experience for her 7th birthday and it was a day none of us will ever forget! Luckily for us although they will have up to 2 children at a time only one had booked so she had her keeper Rachael all to herself, fair to say she loved the attention! Rachael... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

I used my Tesco vouchers to gain entrance which was the best value otherwise it would have been an expensive trip. We really enjoyed our day. The zoo is clean and the keepers were cleaning pens and interacting with the animals. We took a packed lunch although there are places to eat. We did stop for a coffee and a... More 

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