Colchester Zoo cares passionately about the world's threatened species and so created its charitable arm Action for the Wild in 1993, which achieved charitable status in 2004. The charitable trust is dedicated to assisting conservation projects worldwide. £2 million has been donated since 2004 by the charity to conservation projects worldwide and we need your help to continue our support!

Action for the Wild's supported projects relate to the animals in our collection, ranging from Komodo dragons to Humboldt penguins, Malayan sun bears to the Bornean orangutan. Please help us by donating today to continue protecting species in the wild.

Here is what your donation could contribute towards:

Pepper spray


Will pay for Pepper Spray - a non-lethal enforcement tool for field rangers protecting rhinos in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

Zebra group 2018 £15

£15 will pay for a bag of natural minerals to supplement the diet for UmPhafa’s wildlife species.

rangers edits


£30 will pay one day’s wages for three Field Rangers to patrol the reserve and protect the wildlife from poachers. Our rangers play a vital role assisting the management in security of the reserve, monitoring high priority species and general observations on matters pertaining to the flora and fauna.

orang 2018


Will buy daily food (coconuts, sweet potato, melons) for released orangutans in the Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve.

horbills 2018


£100 will help Action for the Wild research and protect a family group of hornbills in Thailand




Action for the Wild is Colchester Zoo’s charitable arm

Action for the Wild became a charity in 2004

Action for the Wild has donated over £2 million to animal conservation to date