Days Out

Colchester Zoo – Feeding Time!

Last weekend something unexpected and amazing happened, the sun come out! I kid you not the sun appeared in the sky and it got a little warmer so we jumped at the chance to visit the zoo. We dusted off the gold pass as it feels like ages since we could take advantage of it and set off. 

As we arrived there was a lion welcoming the children into the zoo, obviously not a real one because that would be interesting but a friendly one so we stopped for a photo. Ethan wasn’t impressed!

Colchester Zoo
We had actually arrived at the zoo in time for the first public giraffe and elephant feeds, this was something that I had wanted to do for a while so we headed over to their enclosure.  
 
Whilst we waited for the feeds to start I tested out the zoom on my bigger camera lens, trying not to drop it as I changed them, it really wouldn’t surprise me if I did that one day! 

 

Colchester Zoo

 

Colchester Zoo

 

Colchester Zoo
Colchester Zoo
The first feed of the day is the giraffe feed you have to queue up along a set area of the fence and the giraffes come over for their treat.
Darren held Ethan whilst I knocked everyone else out of the way trying to take a photo of my son feeding the giraffe, yes I have turned into one of those parents…
Colchester Zoo

 

Colchester Zoo
It is quite a scramble to feed the giraffes but I did notice that they do this feed for about ten minutes and when we get to do this again I will hang back to be one of the last people to take part then it isn’t such a fight.
 
It was then time to move over to the elephants, this is more organised queueing but it moves very quickly to make sure that everyone can take a turn.
Colchester Zoo
Colchester Zoo
After feeding the elephant both Ethan and Darren were covered in elephant slime which was quite funny as Ethan has got very sensory with his hands lately but we quickly got it washed off.  
 
We had been at the zoo for about an hour at this point so decided that we would make our way back towards the exit. We find that this is the real beauty of the Gold Pass you can visit the zoo in short bursts and don’t feel the pressure of making sure you get your monies worth out of the entrance fee if you had just paid for the day.
 
We ended up walking through what I would call the petting zoo section, we had skipped this area on previous visits as I always felt Ethan was too young and he never really showed an interest for reasons we now know are obvious but at the weekend he started to look at the horse and even reached out to stroke him so we let him spend some time here. For 50p you can buy some food for the horse so that is what we did. 

 

 

Colchester Zoo

 

Colchester Zoo
For some reason after feeding the horse we ended up walking into the goat section, this wasn’t really planned it was more of a ‘shall we see whats in here’ move. Well this was the highlight of the day, Ethan was surrounded by goats and loving every minute. He was laughing his head off and having so much fun with them.

 

Colchester Zoo

 

Colchester Zoo
Colchester Zoo
Colchester Zoo
It was such a lovely moment we had to capture it on video.
We ended up spending nearly three hours in the zoo and it was a fantastic day feeding all the different animals, I’m really looking forward to our next visit and more time with the goats.  
 
On the way out Darren even found an animal to do a funny pose with, I think he is trying to make this his zoo tradition!
 
Colchester Zoo

 

I’m linking this post with Magic Moments as seeing the goats was an unexpected MAGIC MOMENT!

 

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