Paignton Zoo has been both a zoological and botanical garden since it opened in 1923. We are renowned for our animal-based conservation, education and research work, but we also boast an extensive collection of plants from around the globe.
Some of the plants grown here end up being fed to the animals or used to provide perches or bedding. In turn, some of the manure produced by herbivores like the elephant, giraffes and rhinos is made into Zoo Poo, a successful organic compost sold around the country and in our shop.
Around the Zoo you will see themed gardens. The Economic Garden has plants that provide us with food, clothing, shelter and fuel, while the Medicinal Garden celebrates the role of plants in medicine.