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
I can honestly say that Paignton Zoo is an amazing day out for anyone and would highly recommend it.
Loved it! All the way round the kids had smiles on their faces!
Excellent value for money, the best Zoo we have ever visited. Everything is so clean and well maintained; all animals look very happy and content.