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Colchester Zoo

Maldon Road | Stanway, Colchester, Colchester CO3 0SL, England
01206-331292
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Ranked #1 of 43 attractions in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
Owner description: Colchester Zoo is one of the finest Zoos in Europe with over 260 rare species in 60 acres. See "Playa Patagonia" with its 24 metre tunnel under the... more » Owner description: Colchester Zoo is one of the finest Zoos in Europe with over 260 rare species in 60 acres. See "Playa Patagonia" with its 24 metre tunnel under the water to view sea lions swimming above your head and "Dragons of Komodo" for the infamous Komodo Dragons. At the "Spirit of Africa" you can see the breeding group of African elephants and at "Kingdom of the Wild" there's Zebras, Ostriches, White Rhinos, and Giraffes in a huge savannah style enclosure. Orangutan Forest opens 2009. Don't miss the chance to feed the elephants and giraffes yourself plus lots of other daily displays. « less
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Absolutely dreadful as zoos go it's up there with the worst! Lack of space, confinement to the extreme, sick animals not explained-chimp with a prolapse, fox scraping his bum along the floor giving birth to worms!! A horse stood in a pen allday being fed grain..allday! Staff with little or no sense of appreciation for their job. Generally gutted

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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We have been visiting this zoo once a year for the last 5 years now. Though we have just bought the zoo gold passes (which are excellent value if you wish to visit more than 2/3 times a year). The zoo itself is really well maintained, there are constant updates and changes to the animal habitats and it feels like... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

what a fab day as keeper for the day. the experence first hand of getting up close to the animals and the hard work that goes on behind the scenes was amazing. it makes you appreciate the zoos entrance fee. the staff that were involve where so friendly helpful and so hard working. they made it a very special day.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I haven't actually been to Colchester Zoo for at least 12 years. Not since my own kids grew up or went regularly with tge school... my eldest daughter regularly goes there with my grandchildren and I commented about coming along one day. .. as a belated fathers day gift I was treated to a trip today... Wow what a wonderful... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

A family favourite, with lots to see. Sometimes it feels like a monkey zoo but does have an excellent range of animals and nice restaurant facilities... The zoo cards make this better value for money although a hefty initial layout for a family of 4.

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Glemsford, Suffolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We have been visiting this zoo on and off for the best part of 25 years, and the improvements in all areas in that time have been truly astonishing and Colchester now must be one of the best, if not 'the' best zoo in Europe. From the helpful, friendly and above all dedicated keepers to the conservation work the zoo... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I work as a nanny and every summer the children ask please can we go to Colchester zoo again . And I take them we have an amazing time and this year was extra special as one of my little ones had been very ill this year and one of the things he wanted to do was go to the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I recently spent my 24th birthday at Colchester Zoo and would happily recommend it as a place to visit the zoo is massive with great FREE opportunities to feed the giraffes and the Elephants as well as see all of the other animals. The only downside is that it is a bit higgildy piggildy so make sure you download the... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Animals look happy and enclosures are big and well maintained, plenty of pit stops for refreshments. Excellent play areas and picnic areas. Its like a drug, once you go you will want to go back! Only issue is a bit hilly. Fab day out

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Love visiting the Zoo always a pleasure especially when you can feed the elephants, always great fun. Many varied animals to look at and the Lions are always active and very vocal. Great photo opportunities too, had fun with the orang-utan, Lions, bears and always the monkeys.

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