Paignton Zoo is part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust and it is our mission to conserve biodiversity by protecting threatened animals, plants and their environments, locally and internationally.

Both Paignton Zoo and the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust are conservation, research and education charities and we support many conservation projects around the world.

We are part of a worldwide network of zoos called the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and work together to do more for conservation. We also belong to UK and European organisations: the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).

Through these organisations we help co-ordinate breeding programmes for endangered species, collaborating with other zoos across the world, exchanging animals to prevent inbreeding and ensuring that healthy genetic diversity is maintained

To find out more about our conservation, breeding and environmental efforts take a look at the below boxes.

Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust

In addition to owning Newquay Zoo, Living Coasts and Paignton Zoo, the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust also owns Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve and two local nature reserves in Paignton (Primely Park and Clennon Gorge).

The Field Conservation & Research department co-ordinates the involvement of all the zoos in wildlife conservation projects both in the UK and overseas, as well as managing scientific research projects within the zoos and reserves, on topics such as animal behaviour, nutrition, enrichment and ecology.

Follow the links below or visit Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust's own website for more information on conservation projects and zoo and reserve-based research: