On Saturday we had to make an impromptu trip to my birth town Colchester (long story). As it was a four hour round trip we thought we would make the most of it. So we rook the kids to the famous Colchester Zoo.
It was very easy to get to, the Sat Nav took us straight there. We used Tesco club card vouchers to pay for our tickets. It was reasonably priced at £15.29 per adult (Children under 3 go free). In the lead up we attempted to get Worm Boy excited. We kept asking him what animals we were going to see?! The day before he replied to my wife ‘No Mummy I just want to go to the zoo!’
When we arrived we were given a map. When we attend attractions we do the very British thing of glancing over the map when we first arrive and then forgetting we have it till about half way through the day! We realised very quickly that at this particular zoo this approach was a mistake. There are a lot of dead ends! There is a very faded yellow line to follow if you can remember which direction you were following it in!
I was very impressed with the range of animals. Zoos I have been to in the past for example have one big cat. Colchester Zoo has Leopards, Tigers and Lions. The other thing about it that really impressed me was the size of the enclosures for such a small space.
The Zoo also benefits from an extensive conservation program, its website stating:
‘The modern day zoo has many roles to carry out, including conservation, education, animal welfare, research and recreation. Conservation is the principle role of all zoos, as they work to preserve animal species, many of which are endangered. Two of the main ways that Colchester Zoo is involved with conservation are via captive breeding programmes and supporting conservation projects in the wild.
Colchester Zoo is part of a wider network working to conserve species. Here in the UK, we are part of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA) and across Europe we are part of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). EAZA manage the captive breeding programmes on this European level. These programmes involve the monitoring and management of species between different zoos, helping to maintain genetic diversity. This management is highly important for those species at risk of extinction, as the programmes provide ‘back up’ populations, which could be used for reintroduction projects into the wild or potentially the donation of sperm or eggs to wild populations.
Colchester Zoo also supports conservation in the wild, actively supporting a number of different conservation projects around the world, which are all working to protect endangered species. Colchester Zoo supports these many projects through its charity Action for the Wild, which was set up in 1993 and achieved charitable status in 2004.’
As you may know I am a an amateur photographer and the day provided me with a lot of photo opportunities of the Zoos animals (I had some problems with uploading so they are not great quality)
and my animals:
Colchester Zoo is a really great day out and both Worm Boy and Captain Curly loved it even if Worm Boy did say half way round ‘I just want to go to the zoo now!