New nature trail for zoo

COLCHESTER Zoo is creating a new native nature reserve today.

COLCHESTER Zoo is creating a new native nature reserve today.

Work has already begun on a board walk for a nature trail adjoining the zoo which will allow visitors to get closer to a wide variety of species at the zoo.

The boardwalk will extend from the zoo site by the Red River Hogs enclosure and run along the south of the zoo behind the Patas monkeys' enclosure, Patas Plains, the Tanganyika train station and the Amur tiger enclosures at Tiger Taiga.

The aim of the trail, which should be open in 2009, will be to enable visitors to get closer to British flora and fauna species and the zoo plans to build a succession of hides which will host pond dipping activities.

Colchester Zoo's conservation officer Rebecca Perry said: “We are incredibly pleased with the work that is taking place to the south of the zoo site with the development of the nature trail.

“This is a brand new development for Colchester Zoo. In the past, we have worked hard to raise awareness about our exotic species, so we hope that through bird watching and pond dipping activities, our visitors can get closer to local species too.”