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Colchester is home to one of the best zoo in the world. It consists of over 260 species of animals across 60 acres of parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is a good example of a modern conservation park.

The Zoo was originally known as Stanway Hall Park Zoo, and was first introduced in 2nd June 1963 by Frank and Helena Farrar. Since that point it has been transformed into one of Europe’s most impressive conservation zoos.

The zoo has had amazing development of breeding management. Their elephant, named Kito, was the first-ever elephant calf born via unnatural means using artificial insemination in Britain. Kito can be found at the zoo’s spectacular elephant enclosure where you can visit him and others at their daily feed.

There are different types of animal exhibits at Colchester Zoo and they are presented in a number of different themed zones, such as Butterfly Glade, Australian Rainbows, Koi Niwa, Walking Giants and a whole range of creatures.

The zoo has its own conservation methods through its own charity, Action for the Wild, to assist in both financial and technical projects worldwide. The aim of the charity is to promote and raise awareness among local people, via the community conservation programmes, similarly the charity also promotes and supports conservation research around the world.

Since the charity was established in 2005, Action for the Wild has been working to set up the 6,000 hectare UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The aim is to rehabilitate the land which was previously managed as separate cattle farms, the objective is to return the land to a healthy state and release native animal species back into the land. Some of the species such as Zebra, Giraffe, Waterbuck and Ostrich have already been released. Currently the zoo is devising future plans to build up a brand new tropical walk-through exhibit which will consist of seven new species, including a brand new species of crocodile. The plan for the exhibit is to be spread over two floors and a special underwater viewing tunnel in which visitors will be able to see crocodiles swim and feed above their heads. While these plans are being devised currently the zoo is renovating an enclosure for its pride of Lions.