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Set in 60 acres of countryside and gardens, Colchester Zoo has more than 200 species of animals including some of the best cat and primate collections in the UK.
Extensive development has been undertaken in recent years.
There are good reasons for the number of nature reserves to be found in the area.
Away on holiday most of us enjoy getting out and exploring new places.
Special enclosures include the African Zone, the Tiger Taiga Enclosure, Playa Patagonia and the Komodo Dragon enclosure.
The zoo has developed an excellent reputation for its conservation and breeding work and participates in the European Endangered Species Breeding programme.
It is well signposted from most directions around Colchester - just follow the brown elephant 'Zoo' signs.The nearest car parks are St Botolph's, Britannia and Osborne Street.The museum is a five minute walk from the bus station and Colchester Town railway station (not North Station).Its four corner towers are surmounted with terracotta decoration featuring shells and dolphins, a great architectural innovation in the early 16th century.Although the gatehouse has only three storeys, the two outer hexagonal corner towers each have eight storeys and rise 80 ft from the ground. Visitors can climb to the top of the gatehouse from where one can look out to the coast and enjoy excellent views of the surrounding countryside.