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“Zoo day”
Review of Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo
Ranked #3 of 59 things to do in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Fantastic day out. Loads to see and do. Been to many zoo’s around the uk and I can honestly say this was the best so far. Absolutely fantastic day out.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank wendywX8234MS
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

We had a good value family meal for myself, my daughter and two grandchildren.
Much improved from last visit.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank 843LindaH
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

The zoo is accessible by car and also by bus (No 75 to Maldon), it is definitely worth taking a whole day to have a thorough look around the zoo. Remember to bring a decent camera and comfy shoes as there is a lot of walking to be done if you want to see everything. There is a train that you can take to travel around the zoo as it goes past the wolf enclosure and you have the option to get off and walk through the ring tailed lemur enclosure which is awesome as they love to have photographs taken.

There are several food outlets and if you have a Colchester Zoo pass you can get 10% discount at some of these outlets but it is more cost effective to bring a packed lunch and cool drinks. If you want to become a frequent visitor to the zoo it is worth getting either a gold or platinum pass as gold members can get 25% off another person's admission and platinum members are given additional tickets for family/friends.

The highlights are watching the tigers get fed and the smooth coated otters feed is also great as they are very playful and I could watch them for hours. There is also a sea lion show and it is also great to walk underneath their pool through a tunnel to watch them swimming past you. There are also opportunities to feed Opal & Tanya (elephants) and the giraffes.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

Me and my wife first went to Colchester zoo on our own 24 years ago for our honeymoon and went back on our own after all our children have grown up. Was a fantastic day and beautiful weather, it was very quiet as it was a week day and all the kids were at school!! It is a very well laid out zoo with loads of activities and interaction with the animals. Was there for nearly 7 hours and still didn’t see everything!!!! We had such a wonderful time we bought gold passes and adoption papers for a red panda!! Highly recommend this amazing zoo.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Mark D
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

What a day! The experience was everything I expected, the keepers were absolutely fantastic, the animals are well cared for and the keepers know their personalities so you get the best experience with them. You spend the morning with elephants, tigers, pygmy hippos, weaver birds, tortoises, warthogs and deer then lunch (which was delicious and included in the cost) and the afternoon with the sun bears and giant anteaters. A really memorable day and I thought it was really good value for amount charged. Would highly recommend ++++

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Emma J
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