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Great Hornbill

Rufous Hornbills

Rufous Hornbills There are many exotic birds at Colchester Zoo, helping to draw visitors each day to one of our town’s most popular tourist attractions. The Rufous Hornbill has to be one of the most unusual and instantly recognisable of any of its bird, with its large red bill and casque above it, a throwback […]

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Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox We all like to see cute fury animals looking cute and innocent, and Colchester Zoo has several, probably the most popular being the Meerkats. However, there is another which spends their time curled up in their enclosure drawing in the crowds. These are the Fennec Foxes, of which there are two and hopefully […]

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Elephant signs

Colchester and the elephant

Colchester’s two thousand year association with the elephant When we think of elephants in Colchester, our minds automatically think of the elephants up at Colchester Zoo which first opened to the public as Stanway Hall Park Zoo in 1963.  Colchester has had a long association with elephants for nearly two thousand years and with elephants […]

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Giant Forest Owl Butterfly

Giant Owl Butterflies

Giant Owl Butterflies One of the newer attractions at Colchester Zoo is the enclosure for the Owl Butterfly. This particular species is the Giant Forest Owl Butterfly (Caligo Eurilochus), shown in the main photo and originate in the rainforests of central and South America. These butterflies belong to the genus Caligo, which is the Latin […]

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Emerald Damselfly

Emerald Damselfly

Emerald Damselfly If you are walking around the nature reserve at Colchester Zoo or by the lake in Lower Castle Park, look carefully at the wildlife by the water’s edge, you may well spot an Emerald Damselfly. They are beautiful little creatures, easily visible due to their distinctive colour, assuming you can spot one, as […]

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two-toed sloth

Two toed sloth

Two-toed sloth Out of all the animals at Colchester Zoo, the two-toed sloth has to be one of the more interesting to watch. They are one of the slowest animals known and although much of their time is spent in the trees they very slowly from branch to branch looking for food and nearly always […]

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Head of a Russian Steppe Eagle

Russian Steppe Eagle

Russian Eagle flies at Colchester Zoo This is the head of a Russian Steppe Eagle photographed at Colchester Zoo. This bird forms part of their birds of prey flying display which if you haven’t seen is very interesting and exciting. It’s so nice to be able to see this bird fly along with the other […]

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Ruins of All Saints Church at Colchester Zoo

Ruins of All Saints Church

Ruined Church in Colchester Zoo These impressive ruins are of All Saints’ Church and they are located in the grounds of Colchester Zoo. Although a church or temple had existed on this site since Roman times, the current church was built in the late 13th century by the Bellhouse family who lived in Stanway from […]

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Cherry Crowned Mangabey at Colchester Zoo

Cherry Crowned Mangabey

Cherry Crowned Mangabey at Colcheser Zoo They are also known as red-capped mangabeys due to the red fur on the top of their head. They have a white collar and striking white eyelids. The rest of the body is grey. Habitat: Coastal, swamp, mangrove and tropical forests. Wild Diet: Fruit, nuts, leaves, seeds and insects. […]

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red panda

Red Panda

Red Panda at Colchester Zoo. Red pandas, which resemble raccoons, are about 42 inches long, including a long, bushy tail. They weigh between seven and 14 pounds. Their red-and-white markings blend in with the red mosses and white lichens that grow on the trees in which they live. Their soft, dense fur covers their entire […]

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