Connecting with Nature – Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, running from 10th to 16th May, is ‘Connecting with Nature’. With many distractions in daily life, it is extremely important that people take time out to enjoy and concentrate on themselves.

Connect – 
Busy work lives can sometimes get in the way of quality time with your loved ones. Spending the day out in the beautiful sunshine and surrounded by magnificent wildlife from across the world can help to strengthen these bonds and provide you with an enjoyable day out. 

Learn – 
They give you a great opportunity to learn. Paignton Zoo is home to hundreds of species and is part of many vital conservation projects around the world. A day out at the zoo gives you the opportunity to learn about the world’s wonderful biodiversity and the role zoos play in wildlife conservation. This will hopefully empower you and other visitors to help make a change.

Peace – 
Zoos are a tranquil place to really appreciate and be at one with nature. There are plenty of seating areas and benches across our green, open site where you can sit down appreciate the peacefulness and enjoy the singing of some of our songbirds or gibbons!

Being active –
Zoos are a great place for exercise. Paignton Zoo is an 80-acre site with many nooks, crannies and different routes to explore. We recommend a good 3-4 hour visit to see everything – imagine how many steps you could do in that time?! A good walk around the site in the fresh air, stopping to see many animals along the way is great for your health. There are also kids play areas for your little ones to blow off some steam. And to reward yourself for this – a cuppa and slice of cake from the Island Restaurant will do wonders.

So, a trip to the zoo can be a great remedy for health and wellbeing, whether you’re with your family, a friend or just want to spend some time on your own.