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School children help celebrate 50th birthday

Some of the original staff at Colchester Zoo. Photo: Colchester Zoo

One of our region's tourist attractions is celebrating its half century. Colchester Zoo opened back in June 1963 as Stanway Hall Zoo Park.

Today it focuses on conservation and education.

To celebrate children from St Andrews Primary School in nearby Marks Tey helped make a time capsule, ready to be uncovered in 50 years time.

Some of the children with their work ready for the capsule. Credit: Serena Sandhu.

As well as the children's work the capsule also holds tickets, guides and a list of all the species in the zoo.

Even zoo keepers have got into the act by writing their memories into a diary..