Throughout our 100-year history, Paignton Zoo has welcomed many high profile visitors through our gates. From best-selling authors to sports personalities, we’ve put together a list of the most notable celebs who have visited over the years.
Sir David Attenborough
The renowned broadcaster, biologist and natural historian has visited Paignton Zoo on numerous occasions over the years, often to film on site for the documentaries he’s featured in.
The children’s TV presenter visited Paignton Zoo in the mid-1990s to advocate for the charity ‘NCH Action For Children‘.
The TV personality and environmentalist opened our new Education Centre back in 1996.
The Torquay-born novelist visited us all the way back in 1948, when the zoo celebrated its silver jubilee.
The legendary comedian opened our brand new entrance back in 1996, before humouring the press by posing with one of our parrots.
Eddie the Eagle
At the height of his fame in 1988, Michael Edwards, better known as Eddie the Eagle, flew in via helicopter to help promote the release of ‘Chimps, Champs and Elephants‘, a book documenting the history of Herbert Whitley and Paignton Zoo.
The TV vet paid Paignton Zoo a visit in the late 1990s to present various staff members with a number of awards from the Universities Federation For Animal Welfare (ufaw).
The popular children’s TV presenter of ‘Animal Magic‘ fame made several appearance at the zoo over the years, most notably in 1984 when he opened The Ark, an interactive display that encouraged people to find out more about the animal and plant world.
The BBC wildlife presenter made an appearance in the 1999 to visit the newly opened Desert House (now called Arid Lands).
The host of TV’s ‘Changing Rooms‘ visited the zoo in the late 1990s when one of our staff residences was featured in an episode of the famous DIY show.
The wildlife TV presenter visited Paignton Zoo in the summer of 2000 to meet Devika, our hand-reared Asiatic lion cub for the TV series ‘The Really Wild Show’.
We’re celebrating our centenary year. To discover more about Paignton Zoo’s 100 year history and our plans for the year, click here.