Paignton Zoo is home to a pair of oriental white storks – the only individuals of this Endangered species in a UK zoo!
These storks are native to wetland areas of small parts in Japan, southeast China and Siberia.
Their diet consists mainly of frogs, fish, insects, rodents and small reptiles.
Due to overhunting and habitat loss in their native range, this beautiful species is currently classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
The oriental white storks at Paignton Zoo are involved in the EAZA ex-situ breeding programme (EEP) across zoological collections.