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Colchester Zoo

 

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Colchester Zoo is now one of the finest Zoos in Europe due to a constant programme of development and has won the coveted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year” Award. Set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. With over 270 species and over 40 daily displays you will not be disappointed,

Highlight of the zoo for us was the Playa Patagonia which has the largest straight underwater tunnel in Europe and is currently home to our 5 female patagonian sealions. We then took a train ride on the Lost Madagascar Express which stops at the walkthrough lemur enclosure, giving passengers the opportunity  to walk amongst ring-tailed and red-ruffed lemurs in an open and exciting habitat.

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Colchester Zoo's recent developments include the impressive Otter Creek, exhibit housing a group of smooth-coated otters, it provides numerous viewing opportunities and an exciting and diverse habitat for the group. Wilds of Asia has also been recently completed, and houses the pileated gibbons, rhinoceros hornbills and red panda species in new, spacious and naturalistic enclosures.  Colchester Zoo is a WhichHoliday.tv Top 10 UK Attraction
 
Find out more at www.colchester-zoo.com

 

Five Colchester Zoo Facts

  1. In 1993 the zoo developed the organisation Action for the Wild in order to protect endangered species in the wild.
  2. The glass in the tunnel is 10cm thick and the enclosure holds a massive 500,000 gallons of water.
  3. Patas monkeys are found on the grasslands and savannahs of eastern and central Africa. They are one of the fastest primates in the world and can run at speeds of 50 kmph.    
  4. Tembo the African Elephant came to Colchester Zoo after being rescued from Chipperfields Circus in 1998.
  5. Dragons of Komodo is a state of the art enclosure featuring a massive glass roof which can actually be drawn back on sunny days for the reptiles to bask in the sunshine.

 

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