About the Zoo

About the Zoo
Paignton Zoo is not just one of the UK's top zoos and a great day out; we are also a conservation and education charity and part of a group of zoos and charities.

The Zoo was founded in 1923 by Herbert Whitley, and when he died in 1955 the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust was set up in his name. Paignton Zoo is owned by the Trust and it also owns Living Coasts in Torquay, Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, Primley Park and Clennon Gorge in Paignton, and Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve.

What You Say
Brilliant, loved every minute of it. Free activities throughout the day, must see the parrot show 
We've been to Paignton zoo several times and love it each time, especially the gorillas. 
Very good clean zoo, lots of animals, fun filled packed day!