Zoo habitats

Zoo habitats

Habitat zones form a mosaic across the Zoo’s 80 acres. Rocky ravine, dry plain and oasis desert environments are showcased within a giant Desert glasshouse, where you wander among succulent plants, huge termite mounds and free-ranging guinea pigs, with parakeets flying overhead.

Our native Devon woodland Forest habitat boasts a range of impressive animals, including great apes, big cats and monkeys, and incorporates Clennon Gorge* nature reserve, a steep-sided limestone valley, home to bat species, emperor dragonflies, buzzards, water shrews and grass snakes.

Tropical Savannah grassland is mimicked with pampas grass, bamboo, scattered trees and shrubs, through which majestic giraffes, rhino, elephant and zebra roam.

Within Reptile Tropics you can explore the lush, steamy rainforest as you weave amongst hanging vines and free ranging birds to discover anaconda, poison dart frogs and the world’s smallest crocodile.

Our Wetland habitat, a unique environment of lakes and lagoons edged with willow and Gunnera plants, provides a stunning backdrop to the Island Restaurant garden. Spot pelicans, flamingos, ducks and cranes and immerse yourself within the vast Brook-side aviary.

While, in Primley, the oldest part of the Zoo, named after the home of our founder, Herbert Whitley, you will find Baboon Rock and Crocodile Swamp, among foxglove, gingko and redwood trees.

*Clennon Gorge reserve features a 700-metre circuit Nature Trail - an easy walk but not totally flat and, therefore, unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Did you know that you can adopt a zoo habitat at Paignton Zoo?

What You Say
Paignton Zoo is a great day out - lots of animals, lots of plants, lots of space. It's ideal for families but people of all ages will have a good time. It's fun and surprising and exciting and unpredictable
Fantastic place with excellent facilities and loads of amazing animals to see!
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