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The Long Awaited Yawn | by Karen Roe
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The Long Awaited Yawn

I spent the majority of the day with the lions at Colchester Zoo to capture this shot.

It was time well spent...


Colchester Zoo is now one of the finest Zoos in Europe due to a constant programme of development and has won the coveted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year” Award and the “Sustainable Tourism Award” for its efforts in recycling and green practices from the East of England Tourist Board.


With over 260 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. There are over 50 daily displays, an undercover soft play area, 4 adventure play areas, 2 road trains and much more!


There is so much to see and do with just some of the sights including watching sea lions swimming above your heads at Playa Patagonia, and penguins swimming underwater at Penguin Shores.


Colchester Zoo’s Dragons of Komodo houses the two Komodo Dragons, and at Tiger Taiga you can see our pair of Amur tigers, which are one of the rarest big cat species.


Colchester Zoo's most recent developments include the impressive Wilds of Asia extension, which houses our pileated gibbons, rhinoceros hornbills and red panda species in new,spacious and naturalistic enclosures.


Also recently completed is phase one of Colchester Zoo's Nature Area, accessible through the Tiger taiga viewing tunnel it encompasses a boardwalk around the scenic wetland habitat, with a specially constructed bird hide overlooking the lake and plenty of wildlife homes’ such as bug hotels and bat boxes to help encourage different species to inhabit the area.


You can get closer to a whole range of animals during your visit including the unique chance to help feed the elephants and giraffes yourself!


Colchester Zoo receives no external funding and every visit you make helps to fund the zoo's further development as well as assisting projects in the wild.

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Taken on August 15, 2010