Press & Media

Media Press Contacts

Our press office is open between the hours of 9am - 5pm. For media enquiries, including Zoo visits and filming requests, please get in touch with Alex Downing on 01206 332508 or email

Conservation and animal documentaries

Filming that directly relates to the zoo's conservation mission will be considered favourably and in some cases fees may be waived. For further information about filming please email

Commerical Filming and Photography

Photography for commercial purposes is not permitted without the permission of the directors. All requests for commercial filming and photography at Colchester Zoo are considered on an individual basis and must be made in writing or via email. Please allow a minimum of 2 week's notice prior to filming. For commercial filming and photography a fee will be charged. The charge includes a chaperone in the Zoo whilst you are on site.

The area of UmPhafa has one of the highest ecological carrying capacities in the whole of South Africa

Number of species offically recorded on Umphafa

Mammals 50
Birds 240
Reptiles 26
Amphibians 11
Trees & Plants  443