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“Excellent for kids of all ages”
Review of Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo
Ranked #4 of 78 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 November 29, 2013 via mobile

I have a one year old and three year old. The zoo is excellent for both and is buggy friendly and lots of opportunity to teach them. Also if raining there is options for indoor as well.

Thank Netty C
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"feeding times"
in 108 reviews
"animal enclosures"
in 93 reviews
"train ride"
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"sea lions"
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"food outlets"
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"sun bears"
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"plenty of places to eat"
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"annual pass"
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"tesco vouchers"
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"great family day"
in 88 reviews
"all ages"
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

I went today which is the winter season. My main reason for the visit was to photograph the animals. The enclosures mostly have large glass windows so visibility is good, although on a busy day you would get the reflections of the crowd in pictures. There are also some good viewing platforms. The animals seemed in very good condition and a lot of enclosure improvementss were going on. I found the enclosures interesting, not just boring cages. Some may get hot in summer for viewing though and smelly. Plenty of rest places, eateries and toilets. This may seem a strange thing to point out but the signage is fantastic! Its easy to find your way around with yellow guide lines on the floor. I didn't even use my map. All in all had a lovely day.

Thank booty2013
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

I used to enjoy Colchester Zoo but in recent years it has been absolutely wrecked. There are no longer visible fences around the enclosures. For some bizarre reason they have built these awful baking hot demountable buildings where you have to fight other visitors for a glimpse through a few windows.

What is the point of a zoo where you can't see the animals?

Furthermore the signs are miniscule, they won't let people smoke (this is outdoors remember), the sea life displays are over in under 10mins which isn't even enough time to find the relevant aquarium and the staff treat the place like a personal petting zoo where the general public are barely tolerated.

If you don't like seeing animals then you'll love this place!

5  Thank Antony J
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Colchester Zoo is an enormous place and you need to spend a whole day or more in order to see most of it. They really care for all the animals and they all have large enclosures and most have to forage for food as they do in the wild. They do a lot for conservation and have breeding programmes. Have a wonderful educating experience..

1  Thank Avril84
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Open spaces, glass instead of bars and you get to feed the elephants and giraffes. The lemur walkthrough is a delight - although (understandably) you can't touch them they can be quite cheeky and come very close - even with young ones. The regular timed talks are informative and fun and the keepers and volunteers are always ready to discuss an animal with you.

All the animals are kept in appropriate clean and spacious surroundings, the zoo is always improving conditions and has considerable breeding success.

Thank Mary C
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