Colchester Zoo celebrates 50 years

Elephants at Colchester Zoo

Footballers will kick off Colchester Zoo's official 50th birthday celebrations today.

Players from Colchester United will be visiting some of the animals this afternoon. Karl Duguid and Kem Izzet will even give Amur Tigers, Igor and Anoushka, a birthday gift of footballs.

The zoo will be 50 years old this weekend and a range of activities will be taking place between now and then.