Facts & Figures

Here is some important information regarding facts & figures at Paignton Zoo.

  • Number of full-time equivalent employees (2021): 167 (raising to 227 in peak season)
  • Area of zoo site: about 80 acres (32 hectares)
  • Animals in collection (as of April 2021): 3,828
    • 218 mammals from 50 different species
    • 652 birds from 102 different species
    • 2,958 lower vertebrates and invertebrates from 86 different species
  • Animal species in current collection: 238
  • Animal species classified on the IUCN Red List: 187 in total
  • Animal species involved in breeding programmes (EEP, ESB and SSP): 82
  • Animal species in EAZA ex-situ breeding programmes (EEPs): 53
  • Different sorts of plant in the collection: 4,064 species on record

We’re proud to have a long history of conservation work within the UK, with past and present projects including:

  • Seagrass – working with the Community Seagrass Initiative (CSI) and Valeport to preserve Torbay’s seagrass meadows
  • Hazel dormice – helping to reintroduce this popular native mammal to suitable areas
  • Strapwort – the only place it is found in the UK is at Wild Planet Trust’s Slapton Ley – now also at Loe Pool in Cornwall, in partnership with the National Trust
  • Sorbus – research and conservation of Devon endemic whitebeam trees
  • South West white-clawed crayfish project – rearing populations of this species at the zoo before release back to the wild
  • Managing our zoo sites for native wildlife

Our conservation work also has a global reach within other countries, with past and present projects including:

  • Omo Forest, Nigeria – saving forest elephants and environmental education
  • Dambari Wildlife Trust, Zimbabwe – conserving the unique Matobo Hills, home to rhinos, zebras and antelopes
  • Uzungwa Scarp, Tanzania – antelope and amphibian research and conservation, alongside the Tanzanian Forest Service Agency (TFS)
  • Sulawesi, Indonesia – working with Selamatkan Yaki to conserve Sulawesi crested macaques
  • Vietnam – working closely with conservation partner Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, to protect Owston’s civets

Super zoo facts!

Paignton was the first combined botanical and zoological garden in the UK!

The annual food bill for the animals is in the region of £250,000.

The zoo produces 800 tonnes of well-rotted manure every year.