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Rare monkey faces his public

Rare monkey faces his public

19 May 2015

A rare monkey has been born at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park. The cherry-crowned mangabey was born in the small hours...

Local businesses fuel Zoo pit stops

Local businesses fuel Zoo pit stops

12 May 2015

Devon firms are providing the creativity and innovation to keep visitors to Paignton Zoo happy. Playline Design of...

Big-hearted zoo gorilla helps science

Big-hearted zoo gorilla helps science

29 April 2015

The 365 pound gorilla lying on his back on a bed of straw is helping medical science. Researchers are at Paignton Zoo...

Walking a tightrope…

Walking a tightrope…

21 April 2015

Female Bornean orang utan Mali walks a tightrope – just like her species in the wild… Mali, who lives at...

Crocodile and terrapin are stubborn as mules!

Crocodile and terrapin are stubborn as mules!

9 April 2015

“This is MY place!” This remarkable photograph, taken at Paignton Zoo by student Abigail Hewings, shows a...

Easter chicks are ugly ducklings

Easter chicks are ugly ducklings

31 March 2015

Spring is the time for new life and cute Easter chicks – but not all baby birds are beautiful… This photo...

Camera couple who put the zoo into zoom

Camera couple who put the zoo into zoom

27 March 2015

Ray and Jean Wiltshire have been visiting Paignton Zoo and taking photographs there since the 1970s. The couple, who...

Zoo’s chocolate ostrich egg prize

Zoo’s chocolate ostrich egg prize

20 March 2015

The Big Ostrich Easter Egg Hunt, 3rd April – 6th April A hand-crafted chocolate ostrich egg is the prize on...

Tiny king born at Zoo

Tiny king born at Zoo

17 March 2015

There’s been a royal birth at Paignton Zoo. The king colobus monkey was born on Saturday 7th March to father...

Zoo’s cranes for conservation project takes flight

Zoo’s cranes for conservation project takes flight

3 March 2015

Paignton Zoo has launched a project to make one thousand paper cranes in aid of conservation. The Thousand Cranes for...

The Great Big Rhinos are on their way!

The Great Big Rhinos are on their way!

3 March 2015

Excitement is growing in the business community – the rhinos are coming. Following on from Paignton Zoo’s...

Fit physicist faces first marathon

Fit physicist faces first marathon

26 February 2015

A physicist from Exeter is running the London Marathon on behalf of a local conservation charity. Dr Tom Duckworth is...

Cool, crazy dancing oddballs!

Cool, crazy dancing oddballs!

17 February 2015

This dancing duo with their jolly jazz hands should be auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent… These two...

Sky get the ball rolling

Sky get the ball rolling

13 February 2015

Sky field engineers from across Devon converged on Paignton Zoo to make some hefty treats for the larger animals. The...

Valentine's Day for love birds

Valentine's Day for love birds

13 February 2015

These love birds at Paignton Zoo are all doing what comes naturally. But there can be a lot of hard work behind the...

Zoos ready for cold weather

Zoos ready for cold weather

4 February 2015

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

Zoo baby thrives on Devon milk

Zoo baby thrives on Devon milk

3 February 2015

A 6 foot baby is thriving on milk from a top Devon dairy. The Rothschild's giraffe was born at Paignton Zoo on January...

Vet saves baboon’s life twice in one afternoon

Vet saves baboon’s life twice in one afternoon

22 January 2015

Our vet team saved the life of a monkey twice in one afternoon – with the help of the Bee Gees. When the...

Giraffe born at Paignton Zoo

Giraffe born at Paignton Zoo

15 January 2015

A Rothschild’s giraffe has been born at Paignton Zoo. The female calf was born to mother Janica in the small hours...

Wayne’s world first

Wayne’s world first

13 January 2015

A former DJ from South East London is taking on climate change, habitat loss and looming species extinction with the...

Zoo year resolution!

Zoo year resolution!

7 January 2015

Paignton Zoo is starting the New Year with a resolution for wildlife. The charity is encouraging people to reject...

Wreck the halls: baboons ruin zoo keeper’s Christmas

Wreck the halls: baboons ruin zoo keeper’s Christmas

23 December 2014

Typical, you spend all that time decorating the place ready for Christmas and the family runs riot and wrecks all your...

Vet teamwork helps zoo monkey

Vet teamwork helps zoo monkey

8 December 2014

A Critically Endangered monkey with a rare medical condition has been treated by a team of zoo experts and South West...

Zoo man cautiously optimistic about palm oil victory

Zoo man cautiously optimistic about palm oil victory

4 December 2014

“I’ve been grumbling about palm oil for 21 years,” says Tony Stokes. “People are so tired of it...

Charity launches public hunt for fancy fungi

Charity launches public hunt for fancy fungi

25 November 2014

A local conservation charity has launched a public search - for tiny orange ping-pong bats. Naturalists in South Devon...

Record-Breaking Year for Cirl Bunting Reintroduction Project

Record-Breaking Year for Cirl Bunting Reintroduction Project

20 November 2014

A project to bring the rare cirl bunting back to Cornwall is celebrating its best year to date. Cornwall’s re...

Gorilla school is a barrel of laughs

Gorilla school is a barrel of laughs

20 November 2014

How do you learn how to be a good gorilla? You go to gorilla school, of course. And 12-year-old Kivu is earning top...

Trust zoos weather indifferent year

Trust zoos weather indifferent year

19 November 2014

One of the South West’s largest conservation charities has announced its results for the year. The Whitley...

Zoo launches online book of remembrance

Zoo launches online book of remembrance

17 November 2014

Paignton Zoo has launched an online In Memoriam book for people with a special affection for the Zoo. And the first...

Conservationists see red

Conservationists see red

6 November 2014

Top South West zoos are marking the anniversary of a key global conservation tool. Staff and volunteers at Paignton Zoo,...

Bless their little cotton socks: Zoo vets find lost footwear handy

Bless their little cotton socks: Zoo vets find lost footwear handy

5 November 2014

The vets at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park are using children’s socks to help keep the paws of sick monkeys warm...

South West Water joins Paignton Zoo for Students’ Water and Energy Challenge

South West Water joins Paignton Zoo for Students’ Water and Energy Challenge

4 November 2014

Local students are taking part in a partnership with South West Water and Paignton Zoo Environmental Park to learn more...

South West experts learning from extinction

South West experts learning from extinction

4 November 2014

You may not have heard of the Swan Island hutia. This obscure Caribbean cousin of the guinea pig went extinct in the...

Tiger retires, moves to France

Tiger retires, moves to France

31 October 2014

A female tiger at Paignton Zoo has retired and relocated to rural France. Banda, a 12-year-old Sumatran tiger, moved to...

Dark arts – zoo keepers carve Halloween animals

Dark arts – zoo keepers carve Halloween animals

24 October 2014

Zoo keepers in South Devon have created Halloween versions of the animals for which they care. Staff at Paignton Zoo...

Name that ale!

Name that ale!

23 October 2014

What do you call an ale that’s been brewed for giraffes? That’s the challenge being set by two major local...

Have an ethical Christmas!

Have an ethical Christmas!

17 October 2014

A zoo might not be the first place you think of when it comes to Christmas shopping, but the Living World shop at...

Zoo keeper’s pigeon quest

Zoo keeper’s pigeon quest

26 September 2014

A Paignton Zoo bird expert is off on a two month expedition to help rare birds. Senior Bird Keeper Tom Tooley is...

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...

What You Say
So much to see, beautifully laid out and loads of interesting information on all the animals. 
Volunteers were very friendly and keen to share information about the animals. 
The lemur wood is a magical experience