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  • Paignton Zoo Will Week 6th to 11th October

    Paignton Zoo Will Week 6th to 11th October

    11 September 2014

    Fundraiser Jenny Paton discusses legal issues with Dexter the tapir... You can book a personal consultation in a...

  • Waitrose partners with Paignton Zoo to help feed the animals

    Waitrose partners with Paignton Zoo to help feed the animals

    11 September 2014

    A local supermarket is helping Paignton Zoo deliver fruit and veg to monkeys and giraffes. Waitrose in Torquay...

  • Report highlights our vital work

    Report highlights our vital work

    27 August 2014

    A new national report shows the good work being done by top zoos – including Paignton Zoo. The British and Irish...

  • Good bye Demo

    Good bye Demo

    26 August 2014

    Paignton Zoo’s adult male orang utan has died. Bornean orang utan Demo was found by staff on Monday morning. He...

  • Zoo staff go orange for orangs

    Zoo staff go orange for orangs

    18 August 2014

    Paignton Zoo is going orange for orang utans. Staff at the Zoo are marking World Orang utan Day on Tuesday 19th August. ...

  • Zoo welcomes top broadcaster

    Zoo welcomes top broadcaster

    15 August 2014

    One of the greatest natural history broadcasters of all time has spent a day at Paignton Zoo in Devon. Sir David...

  • Robin’s iPhone app is i-nspirational

    Robin’s iPhone app is i-nspirational

    12 August 2014

    A South Devon computer science student has created a free iPhone app for the charity that inspired him as a child. ...

  • Devon Zoo’s global accolade

    Devon Zoo’s global accolade

    5 August 2014

    Paignton Zoo Environmental Park has been named third best zoo in the UK, 9th in Europe and 21st in the world according...

  • Lion has acupuncture

    Lion has acupuncture

    23 July 2014

    In a scene reminiscent of Aesop's Fables, vet Nicki Grint is twiddling a needle in the foot of a fully-grown male lion. ...

  • Keepers Conquer Three Peaks Challenge

    Keepers Conquer Three Peaks Challenge

    22 July 2014

    Keepers from zoos including Paignton Zoo Environmental Park and Newquay Zoo completed the Three Peaks Challenge in aid...

  • Trust rears rare Devon species

    Trust rears rare Devon species

    17 July 2014

    A Devon conservation charity has taken another step to help save a threatened native species. The Whitley Wildlife...

  • Charity’s challenge to taste the future of food

    Charity’s challenge to taste the future of food

    2 July 2014

    Paignton Zoo is challenging people to face the future – by eating insects! The Zoo is running a bug eating...

  • Zoo zebra has hoof care session

    Zoo zebra has hoof care session

    30 June 2014

    Caring for animals at Paignton Zoo is a real team effort. Take the work that goes into looking after the zebras’...

  • Zoo keepers tackle peak challenge

    Zoo keepers tackle peak challenge

    26 June 2014

    Three mountains in three countries in 24 hours – that’s the challenge facing animal staff from two local...

  • Relax with a rhino this summer!

    Relax with a rhino this summer!

    23 June 2014

    Two key local names have joined forces to sell beer for charity this summer. Paignton Zoo and Bays Brewery are hoping...

  • Zoo’s demonic new arrival

    Zoo’s demonic new arrival

    23 June 2014

    A lion with an evil name has arrived at Paignton Zoo. Male Asiatic lion Lucifer sounds like he’s going to be a...

  • Zoo keepers take Devon skills to the other side of the world

    Zoo keepers take Devon skills to the other side of the world

    16 June 2014

    Paignton Zoo keepers Dave Rich and Lorraine Miller are going to New Zealand to start a new life together – along...

  • Give us a gorilla!

    Give us a gorilla!

    4 June 2014

    Paignton Zoo is looking for a new gorilla – because our old one has been worn out by too much cuddling! The large...

  • It’s all about the birds and the bees...

    It’s all about the birds and the bees...

    4 June 2014

    It’s all about the birds and the bees at Paignton Zoo right now. Three Ural owl chicks can be seen in the Forest...

  • Trust’s thirty ways to thank volunteers

    Trust’s thirty ways to thank volunteers

    3 June 2014

    The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust is marking Volunteers’ Week by highlighting some of the many ways in...

  • Local child opens new Zoo exhibit

    Local child opens new Zoo exhibit

    30 May 2014

    One talented local youngster became a VIP for the day.Four year old Aaliyah Brown from Chudleigh officially opened the...

  • Painted Zoo: College students display animal artistry

    Painted Zoo: College students display animal artistry

    22 May 2014

    People will be turning into insects at Paignton Zoo this weekend. Students from South Devon College are helping to...

  • Devon zoo helps Cornish bees

    Devon zoo helps Cornish bees

    20 May 2014

    Cornish bee experts have been awarded a Lottery grant to help save the county’s very own honey bee. And Paignton...

  • Fridges for frogs and kettles for kangaroos

    Fridges for frogs and kettles for kangaroos

    19 May 2014

    A Devon business has come to the aid of a local wildlife charity with a donation of white goods. Sparkworld, based at...

  • Zoo’s next generation of spiky oddballs

    Zoo’s next generation of spiky oddballs

    16 May 2014

    Some curious creatures have given birth at Paignton Zoo. Despite their name, common tenrecs - from Madagascar –...

  • Win the chance to open our new exhibit!

    Win the chance to open our new exhibit!

    8 May 2014

    The new invertebrate exhibit at Paignton Zoo opens on Wednesday 28th May - and you could be doing the honours! ...

  • Trust honours key people

    Trust honours key people

    7 May 2014

    A Devon conservation charity has launched a new Honorary Membership scheme to thank hard-working supporters. The...

  • Her name is Joanna!

    Her name is Joanna!

    1 May 2014

    A Rothschild’s giraffe born at Paignton Zoo in January is to be called Joanna. The female calf, now three months...

  • Orang utan telly!

    Orang utan telly!

    29 April 2014

    The orang utans at Paignton Zoo have got themselves a TV. The 47 inch flat screen telly was donated by Richards TV and...

  • The precious five-limbed monkey

    The precious five-limbed monkey

    24 April 2014

    Brown spider monkey Paru might be just one year old, but she knows that her prehensile – gripping - tail is a...

  • Zoo’s Food Fest palm oil warning

    Zoo’s Food Fest palm oil warning

    23 April 2014

    Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is taking its campaign against palm oil to the Exeter Festival of South West Food &...

  • Happy birthday Tatau!

    Happy birthday Tatau!

    11 April 2014

    Paignton Zoo’s baby Bornean orang utan Tatau is celebrating her first birthday. She was born on 11th April 2013...

  • Help name our baby giraffe!

    Help name our baby giraffe!

    7 April 2014

    The female calf was born to mother Sangha and father Yoda on the afternoon of Saturday 25th January. A shortlist of...

  • Zoo keeper goes APE for APE-ril

    Zoo keeper goes APE for APE-ril

    2 April 2014

    A big-hearted zoo keeper at Paignton Zoo has gone ape for Ape-ril in aid of orang utan conservation. Head Keeper of...

  • Rare frog found after three year search

    Rare frog found after three year search

    31 March 2014

    A Devon conservation charity has found a rare African frog after a painstaking search lasting three years. The Whitley...

  • Zoo vets go digital

    Zoo vets go digital

    31 March 2014

    A wildlife charity has invested in new equipment to help its vet team treat animals more efficiently. Paignton Zoo...

  • Zoo staff save tiny baby

    Zoo staff save tiny baby

    19 March 2014

    Dedicated keepers at Paignton Zoo in Devon are caring for a rare baby that weighed little more than a CD at birth. The...

  • Trust defends Devon species from American invader

    Trust defends Devon species from American invader

    5 March 2014

    The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust is coming to the aid of a native species under threat from its bolder...

  • Lion cubs leave home

    Lion cubs leave home

    27 February 2014

    Paignton Zoo’s Asiatic lion cubs have grown up and are leaving home. Three of the four are going to new homes...

  • Zoo launches Fair Trade Fortnight

    Zoo launches Fair Trade Fortnight

    25 February 2014

    Torbay is celebrating a decade of Fair Trade. 2014 is the tenth anniversary of Torbay Fair Trade Borough. Paignton Zoo...

  • Local firm weighs in with Zoo gorillas

    Local firm weighs in with Zoo gorillas

    6 February 2014

    Paignton Zoo has turned to a local company to help with a weighty matter. Keepers wanted to install a set of scales...

  • Giant ants invade Paignton Zoo

    Giant ants invade Paignton Zoo

    5 February 2014

    A long line of colourful ants is marching through Paignton Zoo. The 8-inch insects form a trail that will lead from the...

  • Giraffe born at Paignton Zoo

    Giraffe born at Paignton Zoo

    28 January 2014

    A Rothschild’s giraffe has been born at Paignton Zoo. The female calf was born to mother Sangha and father Yoda...

  • Charity volunteers clock up 26,000 hours

    Charity volunteers clock up 26,000 hours

    27 January 2014

    Wildlife charity volunteers have given more hours than ever before. Volunteers at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park and...

  • Taking diet tips from monkeys

    Taking diet tips from monkeys

    14 January 2014

    If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to diet after your festive blow-out, here’s a tip from a bunch...

  • Second orang utan baby for Paignton Zoo

    Second orang utan baby for Paignton Zoo

    7 January 2014

    Paignton Zoo is celebrating a second orang utan birth in 9 months. Bornean orang utan Chinta gave birth on Sunday 22nd...

  • Help Africa - eat chocolate

    Help Africa - eat chocolate

    10 December 2013

    A Devon charity is raising money this Christmas by selling a very special chocolate. Paignton Zoo, a registered...

  • Carnaby is top school gorilla

    Carnaby is top school gorilla

    10 December 2013

    A gorilla from Exmouth has won the people’s vote at Babbacombe Model Village. The Torquay attraction hosted...

  • Zoo wins national award

    Zoo wins national award

    28 November 2013

    Paignton Zoo Environmental Park has won a top national zoo award for its work with a bird that in this country is found...

  • Zoos end year cautiously optimistic

    Zoos end year cautiously optimistic

    28 November 2013

    A South West wildlife trust has announced positive visitor numbers for its three charity zoos – but is sounding a note...

  • Devon gorilla heads for South Pole

    Devon gorilla heads for South Pole

    14 November 2013

    A Paignton Zoo gorilla has joined the Royal Navy on a voyage to the Antarctic. The adventurous ape, named PEG –...

  • Syd wins chocolate gorilla at the last minute!

    Syd wins chocolate gorilla at the last minute!

    11 November 2013

    Syd Jefferies has won a big chocolate gorilla - after buying a raffle ticket at the very last minute. He is now the...

  • Great Gorillas auction raises incredible sum

    Great Gorillas auction raises incredible sum

    7 November 2013

    The Paignton Zoo Great Gorillas Project auction has raised £100,000. A total of £99,800 was bid on the...

  • Why Great Gorillas make great art

    Why Great Gorillas make great art

    25 October 2013

    Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project reaches its climax on 6th November with an exclusive charity auction. ...

  • Kirstie Allsopp’s gorilla up for grabs

    Kirstie Allsopp’s gorilla up for grabs

    25 October 2013

    A unique piece of art by TV favourite Kirstie Allsopp is a star lot in a charity auction that’s raising money for...

  • Vote for your favourite school gorilla

    Vote for your favourite school gorilla

    24 October 2013

    Babbacombe Model Village is hosting a popularity contest – for small gorillas. It’s all part of Paignton...

  • Make a bid for a Great Gorilla

    Make a bid for a Great Gorilla

    21 October 2013

    The Great Gorillas Project reaches its climax on 6th November, when a troop of large gorilla sculptures will be sold for...

  • George the royal gorilla

    George the royal gorilla

    21 October 2013

    As the royal family gets ready to baptise Prince George, children at a hospice in Devon are celebrating the link between...

  • Star Wars fans in orbit as Darth Vader goes under the hammer

    Star Wars fans in orbit as Darth Vader goes under the hammer

    17 October 2013

    A life-size model gorilla dressed as Darth Vader is about to go up for auction. The iconic Star Wars baddie has...

  • Poirot’s Great Gorilla mystery

    Poirot’s Great Gorilla mystery

    14 October 2013

    There’s increasing interest in the fate of a life-size gorilla painted to look like Agatha Christie famous...

  • Gorilla in the garage

    Gorilla in the garage

    11 October 2013

    For Exeter-based artist and former national school-boy sportsman Stuart Wright, gorillas loom large. A plush gorilla toy...

  • Say Hello to Good Bye Gorillas

    Say Hello to Good Bye Gorillas

    9 October 2013

    Nearly thirty silverback gorillas are converging on Paignton Zoo. It’s not a great ape convention –...

  • The tiny little Great Gorillas!

    The tiny little Great Gorillas!

    7 October 2013

    Now everyone can have a Great Gorilla in their front room. Four of Paignton Zoo’s popular Great Gorillas have...

  • George the (royal?) gorilla

    George the (royal?) gorilla

    1 October 2013

    Children at a hospice in Devon are proud that their hand-painted gorilla shares his name with the royal baby. The...

  • Zoo’s tiny new-born

    Zoo’s tiny new-born

    19 September 2013

    This tiny new-born is a mandrill, an endangered primate from the rainforests of West Africa. Born at Paignton Zoo on...

  • Gorillas by bus

    Gorillas by bus

    16 September 2013

    One local family has tracked down the full set of Great Gorillas – entirely by bus. Lucy Sambell, from Exeter,...

  • The Great Gorilla mystery

    The Great Gorilla mystery

    11 September 2013

    Whodunnit? As the Agatha Christie Festival gets under way and ITV prepare to show the last ever episode of Poirot, the...

  • The Great Gorillas Riviera run!

    The Great Gorillas Riviera run!

    11 September 2013

    A bunch of intrepid South Devon athletes is planning to run the entire English Riviera Great Gorilla Trail. ...

  • Zoo celebrates global tree expert’s Devon roots

    Zoo celebrates global tree expert’s Devon roots

    9 September 2013

    Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is marking the role South Devon played in the career of the man regarded around the...

  • Jenny’s “Make a Will” plea for charity

    Jenny’s “Make a Will” plea for charity

    9 September 2013

    Paignton Zoo fundraiser Jenny Paton has personal experience of how much heartache not having a Will can cause. ...

  • Zoo boosted by late chicks

    Zoo boosted by late chicks

    6 September 2013

    Bird keepers at Paignton Zoo have seen a burst of late-season hatchings. It’s thought to be thanks to the...

  • Zoo gardener branches out

    Zoo gardener branches out

    5 September 2013

    Curator of Plants and Gardens Kevin Frediani is saying good bye to Paignton Zoo Environmental Park after five...

  • Kirstie Allsopp wears her hearts on her gorilla

    Kirstie Allsopp wears her hearts on her gorilla

    29 August 2013

    TV favourite Kirstie Allsopp has decorated a unique piece of three-dimensional charity art - a life-size gorilla. The...

  • Sadness at giraffe death

    Sadness at giraffe death

    28 August 2013

    Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is sad to announce the death of its giraffe baby. The male calf was found in its stall...

  • Zoo welcomes tallest baby

    Zoo welcomes tallest baby

    23 August 2013

    The tallest baby in the world has just been born at Paignton Zoo in Devon. The Rothschild's giraffe calf stands at...

  • All gorillas great and small

    All gorillas great and small

    23 August 2013

    Babbacombe Model Village is getting involved in Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project in a big way – by...

  • Zoo orang utan named

    Zoo orang utan named

    19 August 2013

    The orang utan born at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in April has been named Tatau. The name was chosen by visitors...

  • Gorilla tracking in Devon!

    Gorilla tracking in Devon!

    14 August 2013

    A new craze is set to sweep South Devon this summer - gorilla tracking. The free trail of 30 painted, life-size...

  • Great Gorilla is a true academic

    Great Gorilla is a true academic

    12 August 2013

    A gorilla has enrolled at the University of Exeter. The giant primate arrived wrapped in pretend brown paper, tied with...

  • Plastic Surgeon forms official Gorilla Preservation Squad

    Plastic Surgeon forms official Gorilla Preservation Squad

    9 August 2013

    The UK’s surface repair specialist Plastic Surgeon is going ape for charity. The company has pledged its expertise...

  • Star Wars fans in seventh Devon - Darth Vader reborn as gorilla

    Star Wars fans in seventh Devon - Darth Vader reborn as gorilla

    6 August 2013

    Iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader has been reborn – as a life-size gorilla. He is rumoured to be plotting...

  • Beer for Gorillas!

    Beer for Gorillas!

    31 July 2013

    A South Devon brewery has created a special beer - for gorillas. The Bays Great Gorilla Ale is a one-off brew...

  • Great Gorillas in the urban jungle

    Great Gorillas in the urban jungle

    24 July 2013

    A silverback gorilla is coming to Exeter – by bus. Stagecoach are supporting Paignton Zoo’s Great...

  • Chocolate gorilla is world first

    Chocolate gorilla is world first

    18 July 2013

    It’s the perfect gift for the wildlife enthusiast who is also a chocoholic – a 30 inch high model gorilla smothered...

  • Animals chill out at local zoos

    Animals chill out at local zoos

    18 July 2013

    Temperatures are soaring, but the animals at Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts aren’t troubled. Many of them are relaxing...

  • Great Gorillas take to the water!

    Great Gorillas take to the water!

    18 July 2013

    Paignton Zoo is sending 30 gorillas to sea. The Great Gorillas Flotilla will see boats with more than two dozen life...

  • Zoo benefits from hospital donation

    Zoo benefits from hospital donation

    9 July 2013

    Torbay Hospital has donated a used ultrasound machine to Paignton Zoo. Paignton Zoo Head of Veterinary Services...

  • The appliance of charity

    The appliance of charity

    9 July 2013

    One top Devon company is helping an animal charity with the little things that make a big difference. Sparkworld has...

  • Help name our orang utan baby

    Help name our orang utan baby

    9 July 2013

    We're inviting visitors to help name our baby orang utan. The female baby was born on Thursday 11th April. Her...

  • Bringing up birdie – zoo keepers learn to care for tricky chicks

    Bringing up birdie – zoo keepers learn to care for tricky chicks

    26 June 2013

    Aviculturists at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon are learning how to care for some difficult chicks. They...

  • Whoo you lookin’ at?

    Whoo you lookin’ at?

    20 June 2013

    This northern hawk owlet at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park seems to be trying to out-stare the camera. Paignton Zoo...

  • Great Gorilla becomes Great Dragon!

    Great Gorilla becomes Great Dragon!

    16 June 2013

    When artist Rob Catterall decided to paint a life-size three-dimensional gorilla, there was only one design he could...

  • Clock ticking for Great Gorilla

    Clock ticking for Great Gorilla

    7 June 2013

    For Great Gorilla artist Jane Veveris Callan, the clock is definitely ticking. Jane’s design features clocks –...

  • Great Gorilla flags up urgent message

    Great Gorilla flags up urgent message

    6 June 2013

    The latest creation in Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorilla Project is a real team effort. Artist Penny Robson, a tutor...

  • Gorilla gets tattooed

    Gorilla gets tattooed

    6 June 2013

    Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project has brought together two unlikely partners - a top financial management company...

  • Croca-diddly!

    Croca-diddly!

    25 May 2013

    Three baby crocodiles have made their public debut at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park. But visitors need to be sharp...

  • Orang utan baby – it’s a girl!

    Orang utan baby – it’s a girl!

    9 May 2013

    Paignton Zoo’s baby orang utan is a girl. Paignton Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “We are pretty sure...

  • World first begins new ERA for Paignton Zoo

    World first begins new ERA for Paignton Zoo

    29 April 2013

    Paignton Zoo Environmental Park has become the first zoo in the world to sign up to a new international ecological...

  • Orang utan born at Paignton Zoo

    Orang utan born at Paignton Zoo

    15 April 2013

    Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is celebrating its first orang utan birth in 16 years. Bornean orang utan Mali gave...

  • Great Gorilla is an x-ray vision

    Great Gorilla is an x-ray vision

    9 April 2013

    A life-size, 3-D, x-ray gorilla is the latest amazing creation of a major local project linking public art and...

  • Visitors can name mandrill baby

    Visitors can name mandrill baby

    5 April 2013

    Paignton Zoo is offering visitors the chance to name a baby monkey. The female mandrill was born in January to mother...

  • Zip-lines for tigers!

    Zip-lines for tigers!

    2 April 2013

    Paignton Zoo has built a zip-line for its tigers. Keepers devised the thrill ride with help from woodland...

  • Zoo’s Easter birthday transmission

    Zoo’s Easter birthday transmission

    28 March 2013

    Local radio hams are to transmit from the grounds of Paignton Zoo for the very first time to mark the charity’s...

  • Gorilla paints gorilla

    Gorilla paints gorilla

    25 March 2013

    A young gorilla at a Devon zoo has hand-painted a gorilla sculpture. The 9-year-old Western lowland gorilla named...

  • Mandrill baby is Zoo’s first in 5 years

    Mandrill baby is Zoo’s first in 5 years

    19 February 2013

    Keepers at Paignton Zoo are marking a special birth. The Zoo has its first baby mandrill since 2008. Curator of...

  • Devon conservationist takes key national role

    Devon conservationist takes key national role

    15 February 2013

    A scientist at a Devon wildlife charity is to take on a top national job. Dr. Kirsten Pullen, Zoo Research Officer at...

  • Valentino is one!

    Valentino is one!

    14 February 2013

    A giraffe born on Valentine’s Day is celebrating his first birthday at Paignton Zoo. Valentino was born on...

  • Zoo tests ‘Love Bomb’ breeding supplement

    Zoo tests ‘Love Bomb’ breeding supplement

    14 February 2013

    Animal experts at Paignton Zoo have been trialling a new dietary supplement which could help save endangered...

  • Conservationists mount expedition

    Conservationists mount expedition

    8 February 2013

    A team from the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust will survey the remote Bacan Island, off the coast of Sulawesi,...

  • Chiefs stars meet their match at the Zoo

    Chiefs stars meet their match at the Zoo

    29 January 2013

    The Exeter Chiefs visited Paignton Zoo recently and came up against some real heavyweights. Players and staff...

  • Gorilla joins accountants

    Gorilla joins accountants

    24 January 2013

    The business heavyweights at Francis Clark were joined by another type of heavyweight when a life sized model...

  • Bright idea helps giraffes

    Bright idea helps giraffes

    24 January 2013

    Street lights are being recycled to help the Zoo's giraffes. The old metal columns are being turned into feeding...

  • Volunteers complete thousand day year

    Volunteers complete thousand day year

    15 January 2013

    Volunteers have clocked up a thousand days of help during 2012. People who gave their time to Paignton Zoo...

  • Charity seeks new trustees

    Charity seeks new trustees

    14 January 2013

    One of the region’s top conservation charities is looking for new people to help guide it through the coming...

  • Tall order - Zoo giraffe moves on

    Tall order - Zoo giraffe moves on

    11 January 2013

    A young male giraffe is leaving Paignton Zoo Environmental Park. Tonda, who will be three years old in February, is...

  • Keepers counts their chickens… their tigers… and their penguins

    Keepers counts their chickens… their tigers… and their penguins

    3 January 2013

    Zoo keepers are taking on the mammoth task of counting each and every animal in their collections for a New Year stock...

  • Santa wouldn’t want to find this lot waiting at the bottom of the chimney…

    Santa wouldn’t want to find this lot waiting at the bottom of the chimney…

    18 December 2012

    Youngsters love playing with empty boxes, as these rare lion cubs at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon showed. ...

  • The cup of coffee that took a year to make

    The cup of coffee that took a year to make

    18 December 2012

    Top business people in South Devon have been treated to a rare drink – coffee blended with beans grown right on...

  • Getting ready for cold weather

    Getting ready for cold weather

    6 December 2012

    Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts are ready to face the cold snap. Staff at the two Devon zoos, both registered charities,...

  • Zoo recognised for green work

    Zoo recognised for green work

    23 November 2012

    Paignton Zoo Environmental Park has been recognised for its environmental work. The Zoo – a registered charity...

  • Vertical farming film in line for top prize

    Vertical farming film in line for top prize

    20 November 2012

    A short documentary film about Paignton Zoo's innovative vertical farming system, VertiCrop, is in the running for a...

  • Beauties and the Beast!

    Beauties and the Beast!

    12 November 2012

    Two local girls have had a close encounter with a gorilla named Herbert. Torbay Carnival Ladies-in-Waiting Natalie...

  • Come paint a gorilla!

    Come paint a gorilla!

    5 November 2012

    Local artists are being offered the rare opportunity to paint a life-size gorilla. The extraordinary prospect comes...

  • Setting a global example

    Setting a global example

    26 October 2012

    A business innovation at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park has been chosen to illustrate a global ethical business...

  • Tiny king born at Zoo

    Tiny king born at Zoo

    22 October 2012

    There’s been a royal birth at Paignton Zoo. The king colobus monkey was born on Wednesday 3rd October. The...

  • Great Gorillas are go!

    Great Gorillas are go!

    22 October 2012

    The South West’s top zoo is celebrating its 90th birthday with an ambitious plan combining art, conservation and...

  • Come and meet Otilie!

    Come and meet Otilie!

    10 October 2012

    The baby giraffe born in September has been named Otilie. A shortlist of names was drawn up by the giraffe keepers and...

  • Help name our baby girl

    Help name our baby girl

    28 September 2012

    Paignton Zoo's female baby giraffe needs a name - and you can help. The local newspaper, the Herald Express, and its...

  • Lion cubs named

    Lion cubs named

    17 September 2012

    Visitors have helped name the rare Asiatic lion cubs born at Paignton Zoo - and raised £702.53 for...

  • Our new baby giraffe is a girl!

    Our new baby giraffe is a girl!

    17 September 2012

    We can confirm that the new baby giraffe, born on Tuesday 4th September, is female. The as yet un-named calf is...

  • Giraffe born at Paignton Zoo

    Giraffe born at Paignton Zoo

    6 September 2012

    Zoo keepers are keeping a close eye on a giraffe born at Paignton Zoo. The new arrival – thought to be female -...

  • Man hatches flamingo at Paignton Zoo!

    Man hatches flamingo at Paignton Zoo!

    23 August 2012

    A South West broadcaster has written a children’s book inspired by a trip to Paignton Zoo. For the last 26 years...

  • What does a drainpipe didgeridoo sound like?

    What does a drainpipe didgeridoo sound like?

    23 August 2012

    Children have been learning how to make didgeridoos out of drainpipes - and they’ve been producing quite a noise...

  • Zoo on high alert for giant, smelly flower!

    Zoo on high alert for giant, smelly flower!

    7 August 2012

    Paignton Zoo Environmental Park could be the first zoo in the UK to see a rare titan arum flower. But the gardener who...

  • How to vaccinate a lion cub

    How to vaccinate a lion cub

    26 July 2012

    The four rare lion cubs at Paignton Zoo have been to the vet - or rather, the vet has been to them. The cubs had their...

  • Asiatic Lion cubs at Paignton Zoo

    Asiatic Lion cubs at Paignton Zoo

    19 July 2012

    Rare Asiatic lion cubs have been born at Paignton Zoo. Four cubs were born in Tuesday 15th May to mother Indu and...

  • Give us a twirl! Zoo keeper's secret life

    Give us a twirl! Zoo keeper's secret life

    13 July 2012

    Zoo keeping is a tough job. It’s physical, it’s messy and it means you have to be out and about in pouring...

  • Gorilla helps human heart research

    Gorilla helps human heart research

    6 July 2012

    A gorilla at Paignton Zoo is helping with research into human heart disease. Experts scanned western lowland gorilla...

  • Trust nature hunt a wild success

    Trust nature hunt a wild success

    5 July 2012

    South Devon naturalists have hailed a conservation charity’s first ever BioBlitz a success. The Whitley Wildlife...

  • Zoo swimmer targets Channel

    Zoo swimmer targets Channel

    2 July 2012

    The daughter of a local charity boss is to swim the English Channel in aid of her father’s good cause. Laura...

  • Zoo’s cool toads move in

    Zoo’s cool toads move in

    29 June 2012

    Paignton Zoo is now home to some cool toads. The seven East African Nectophrynoides viviparous (“necto-fry...

  • Porcupines… with antlers!

    Porcupines… with antlers!

    18 June 2012

    The porcupines at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park have now got antlers – thanks to the National Trust. The Trust...

  • Volunteer recognised

    Volunteer recognised

    18 June 2012

    Paignton Zoo volunteer Richard Baber has been recognised for his exceptional contribution to the charity. He was...

  • Nature hunt against the clock

    Nature hunt against the clock

    18 June 2012

    Naturalists in South Devon are holding a 24-hour race to find and identify native species. The BioBlitz – which...

  • The very model of a modern volunteer

    The very model of a modern volunteer

    6 June 2012

    A local conservation charity has identified the perfect volunteer. The results of a survey carried out by the Whitley...

  • Let Zoo take you to South East Asia for the day!

    Let Zoo take you to South East Asia for the day!

    30 May 2012

    Paignton Zoo is offering people the chance to visit South East Asia for the day. The special fundraising day will...

  • “Amazing” laser helps baby zebra

    “Amazing” laser helps baby zebra

    30 May 2012

    A high-tech medical laser has helped a baby zebra get back on his feet. When Paignton Zoo’s zebra foal - named...

  • Rare white antelope born

    Rare white antelope born

    22 May 2012

    A rare white antelope has been born at Paignton Zoo – the second in two years. The Kafue Flats lechwe calf was...

  • Saki monkey born at Paignton Zoo

    Saki monkey born at Paignton Zoo

    15 May 2012

    Paignton Zoo’s white faced saki monkeys have had a baby. The youngster, which has not been sexed, was born on...

  • Coffee crazy Catherine grows her own

    Coffee crazy Catherine grows her own

    14 May 2012

    Paignton Zoo Head Gardener Catherine Mortimer is so crazy about coffee that she has grown her own mugful! A coffee...

  • Nature hunt against the clock

    Nature hunt against the clock

    14 May 2012

    Paignton Zoo’s first ever “BioBlitz” will bring together school children, visitors, wildlife...

  • Sun worshippers shine at Paignton Zoo

    Sun worshippers shine at Paignton Zoo

    14 May 2012

    Four sunbathing prosimians have arrived at Paignton Zoo. Ring-tailed lemurs are probably the world’s most famous...

  • Zoo’s four foot lizard waits for match made in Devon

    Zoo’s four foot lizard waits for match made in Devon

    25 April 2012

    A four foot long lizard at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is waiting for a mate. The male mangrove monitor lizard,...

  • Zoo baby makes coy debut

    Zoo baby makes coy debut

    5 April 2012

    A baby weighing no more than a small bar of chocolate has been born at Paignton Zoo. The Goeldi's monkey was born on...

  • Zoo crocs on the move

    Zoo crocs on the move

    5 April 2012

    It's all change down at Paignton Zoo's Crocodile Swamp. Crocodiles are moving in and moving out – but the tooth...

  • Tenner gets you 80 years of plant expertise!

    Tenner gets you 80 years of plant expertise!

    5 April 2012

    This has got to be the best value natural history course ever offered. Torquay Museum Society and Paignton Zoo have...

  • Baby giraffe named!

    Baby giraffe named!

    26 March 2012

    Paignton Zoo's baby giraffe has been named Valentino. The name was chosen by readers of the Herald Express newspaper...

  • 8 year old Cecil skydives for Paignton Zoo

    8 year old Cecil skydives for Paignton Zoo

    26 March 2012

    An 8 year old is doing a charity skydive from three miles up in order to raise money for Paignton Zoo. His name is...

  • Zoo birth is black and white

    Zoo birth is black and white

    7 March 2012

    Paignton Zoo is celebrating its first zebra birth for 10 years. The un-named foal - thought to be male - was born...

  • Zoo giraffe naming competition

    Zoo giraffe naming competition

    2 March 2012

    Zoo keepers hand rearing the giraffe born at Paignton Zoo are asking Herald Express readers to select his name. Staff...

  • Valentines giraffe born at Paignton Zoo

    Valentines giraffe born at Paignton Zoo

    15 February 2012

    Zoo keepers are keeping a close eye on a giraffe born at Paignton Zoo on Valentine's Day. The new arrival was born at...

  • Rare forest elephant caught on camera

    Rare forest elephant caught on camera

    7 February 2012

    A project in Nigeria supported by Paignton Zoo has snapped a photo of a rare forest elephant. This is the first...

  • Zoo's reptile roof generates more than power

    Zoo's reptile roof generates more than power

    1 February 2012

    Solar panels are contributing directly to the conservation of rare frogs. The photo voltaic cells have been installed...

  • Get married with penguins and tigers!

    Get married with penguins and tigers!

    15 December 2011

    Two local wildlife charities have been granted wedding licences - which means you can now invite animals to your...

  • New conservation strategy highlights magnificent seven

    New conservation strategy highlights magnificent seven

    19 July 2011

    The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust has launched a new conservation strategy. The document focuses on seven...

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