01/09/2017

A DAY OUT AT COLCHESTER ZOO


A couple of weeks ago, I headed over to Colchester Zoo for a day out. I haven't been to a zoo since last summer, so it was lovely to visit again. 

I always end up leaving feeling rather guilty and like I am putting money towards beautiful animals being kept in cages and away from where they should be. However, it's also important to remember that our grandchildren may never see the likes of giraffes and elephants if poachers keep killing them. I like to think that the money I pay to see the animals in a zoo, is actually helping to save these creatures; and especially endangered species. 


Ticket prices vary during the summer holidays and them ending. You can also save a few pounds if you book e-tickets online. We each paid £22.99 for adult tickets at the gate, during a day week in the summer holidays. It's definitely worth checking out the admission prices as some days are cheaper than others. They also offer senior and disability discounts. 


I definitely recommend planning your day at the zoo beforehand. You don't realise how big a zoo is until you're there and trying to get from one side to the other! There's an animal encounter timetable, so you can work out what time you need to be where for what animals you want to see up close. 


14:15pm is one of a few of the public giraffe feeds and if you know me in person, then you'll know giraffes are my favourite animals! The queue was manic due to the summer holidays, so we was only able to get up close to the giraffes for a few seconds before having to move from the queue. However, that didn't stop us from lining up again!


We had bought lots of picnic food before hand, but was gutted to find that there's no actual grass areas in this zoo to enjoy a traditional picnic - nor was it allowed anyway. However, there's a lot of picnic areas with benches and tables; but again, these were rammed all day. I think we managed to get a table for our picnic at about 4pm, which was when we quickly realised we had missed the elephant feed. DAMN!


We managed to make it in time for the lion feed which was amazing to see. The main lion (not pictured) was very busy munching on a huge steak. This pretty lioness was very content on trying to get some treats out of this tube. 


There's also a petting zoo which allows you to get up close with the likes of goats, wallabies and a HUGE stallion horse. For 50p, you can purchase a cup of pellets and hand feed the goats. This was the cutest thing ever, as many of the goats are babies. 


I had never seen Rainbow Lorikeet birds before. Native to Australia, these colourful birds are absolutely beautiful in real life, as well as in photos. They are incredibly photogenic and very playful with each other. The house they are in lets them fly freely, so they often fly over your heads and it means you can get real up close with them!


6pm rolled around before we knew it and we was the last ones left in the zoo, oops! I am so thankful to every team member at Colchester Zoo for looking after some of the world's most beautiful animals and keeping them safe from harm. I had a lovely day!

Disclaimer: All photography and words are my own. 
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  1. I like to think that visiting the zoo is helping endangered species too, and the cages are much bigger than they used to be! Gorgeous photographs xx

    Ioanna | hearting.co.uk

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  2. Oh wow what a lovely sounding time you had at Colchester Zoo, I find it hard to know what to think of zoos often, part of me thinks it is sad animals aren't the wild, but I also know that for many they are only still here because of zoo breading programmes as some of us humans are evil.

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    1. I agree. It really is awful and I would hate to be in a cage all day for my whole life, but it's for the best!

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  3. Your photos are gorgeous. I feel quite conflicted about zoos too but have decided that the good they do does outweigh the need to keep animals in cages. Colchester Zoo sounds great.

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    1. Thanks Nichola. It is definitely a difficult one, but I'd rather they are safe, to prevent them from becoming endangered or extinct!

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  4. We love visited zoos and wildlife centres. The children are crazy about animals. I must look into visiting Colcheter Zoo as it sounds lovely.

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    1. Aww, they will love it if they love animals!

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  5. Zoo trips are a family favorite. Gorillas are a must see!

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    1. Aww, they didn't have any gorillas at Colchester zoo!

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  6. It looks like you had a great time at the zoo. I am not a fan of zoos though because the animals should be running free in their own environment and not be closed in a cage. I do understand your pro argument though and I think we should support stopping the animal poachers.

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    1. We definitely had a lovely day there. I agree they should be roaming freely in their natural habitats, but unfortunately man will kill them all if this was to happen :-(

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  7. I am huge huge fan of zoos, as long as the animals have plenty of space and are treated well. This looks like a good sized zoo x

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    1. I completely agree! All of the animals here have huge enclosures, so I am happy to visit. x

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  8. My friend is obsessed with giraffes so she'd love to go here with the public feeds available. I couldn't even guess as to when the last time I went to a zoo was, I'm not really an animal person

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    1. Aww, she would definitely love it then! Better of going when it's less busy too, so you can feed them more than once :)

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  9. Your photos are amazing and I agree totally with your thoughts on the fact zoos help endangered species etc

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  10. I do agree with planning in advance. There is always so much to see and you can easily miss things you might have really enjoyed.

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    1. I am glad you agree Melanie. Probably my biggest tip!

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  11. So beautiful. I haven't been to the zoo in years - wtf have I been doing!? These photos are beautiful. People always think I am against zoos but the endangered species as stated above are helped xo

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    1. Thank you! It definitely is a bit like marmite, but I am so thankful to what zoos do on a whole.
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  12. So cool! Love the Rainbow Lorikeet birds! Colchester Zoo looks like such a fun place. I should try it some time. Great post, you took nice photos.

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  13. Wow what camera did you use to take pictures of the Zoo? Glad you had a good time.

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    1. Thanks Ana! I used the Olympus Pen-EPL8! x

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  14. I know what you mean. It's so lovely to see all the amazing animals but I wish they were able to live in their own environment safely.

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  15. I don't actually agree with zoos, personally, because often the spaces for the animals are far too small and their main purpose is definitely for human entertainment. I think nature reserves that mimic the wild are much less cruel for animals that are endangered and in need of being protected. It's a really difficult scenario! However, Colchester zoo reminds me of my childhood as my mum used to take me there all the time as a kid! xx

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  16. I don't think I have visited this zoo before but looks so good. I love how they let you feed the giraffes and see the lions being fed. You got some stunning pictures too :)

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    1. Thanks Jenny! It's a great zoo to visit.

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  17. I have never been to Colchester zoo before but it looks like an amazing day out. Your photos are great!

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  18. We still haven't taken Dottie to the zoo. I too feel a little conflicted about Zoos but the good ones do some fantastic work!

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  19. What lovely photo's! I love the zoo (although sometimes struggle with animals in cages but I get conservation etc) x

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  20. Your photos are lovely! It makes me miss my childhood and makes me wanna go come back visit a zoo soon! Thank you for sharing this.

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  21. You took such nice pictures and I'm your visit to the zoo was wonderful. I need to go sometime soon

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  22. Looks like a great day out. I do love going to a zoo. Last zoo i went to was Paignton Zoo

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