Being an avid animal lover, I’ve always loved going to the zoo! When I was a child my mum would always take me to Banham Zoo, being closer to where we lived. It wasn’t until my adult years that I got to experience Colchester Zoo, which is much bigger and has a much wider range of animals to see!
I think the zoo is super interactive, holding lots of feeding talks and hosting the well sized petting area where you can see the cute goats and sheep. I have mixed feelings about the goat petting area as when I was younger I was caught by my mum feeding the goats what I thought was their food… it actually turned out to be their poop (oops) and on top of this, I was once chased and rammed by some angry goats… so the idea of going into the areas does frighten me somewhat! But I did manage it, after much encouragement by my girlfriend!
I got to feed the giraffes which was fun. At first, I was worried I wouldn’t get the chance as there were so many people who also wanted to do it. But they were really good with accommodating the big queues and managed it well.
A highlight from Colchester Zoo for me has to be the elephants. I absolutely adore elephants; I think they’re the cutest big animal in the world. So, I was very excited to walk around that corner and see them in their huge exhibit! I felt really lucky as someone was doing the zoo keeper for a day thing and was interacting with one of them, so I walked around to get a closer look. The elephants have such great characters and it was so good to get to see that!
On top of feeding the giraffes I also got to feed the elephants, which I thought I was going to embrace beautifully. Turns out they are a hell of a lot bigger up close than I initially cared for. So, when they sucked up the fruit from my hand I did jump and make a bit of a fool of myself.
Overall, I think that Colchester Zoo is a fantastic day out for all ages!! I’d definitely recommend it!