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. £1.5 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:

© Dirk Swart


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

umphafa-feed £12

Will pay for a bag of game pellets to help feed UmPhafa’s wildlife species until the rains come.

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Will help cover the wages of a game guard on UmPhafa for three days, helping to protect the wildlife on the reserve.

© Orangutan Foundation


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

© Hawk Conservancy Trust


Will pay for a one day training course on artificial incubation for the Gyps Vulture Project.


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