For Volunteers’ Week 2015 we asked our Paignton Zoo volunteers to choose a word to describe why they volunteer…

I can think of many words that describe why I volunteer but I think the best word for me is opportunity. I have been given the opportunity to help a fantastic organisation, its community and help achieve some dreams that I never knew I’d have. It has definitely improved my outlook in life and I’m so passionate about what I do. Without the help and trust in me from the Volunteer Co-ordinator and staff at the Zoo this would never have happened. I feel happy volunteering alongside a great bunch of people amongst the wonderful animals and plants of Paignton Zoo.

After I retired I found there was something missing – social interaction. I volunteer at the Zoo and have found the social interaction with other volunteers, visitors (and the animals at the Ranch, of course) a joy which brightens my day.


It is a privilege and honour to spend my day off from a stressful job at this wonderful zoo and to meet the staff, other volunteers and visitors. Oh, and of course, the animals! (Special mention to ‘Greg’ the goat!)

I love to share my time to help the animals whilst volunteering with some really lovely people in a great environment. The whole atmosphere makes me want to continue to volunteer here at Paignton Zoo.

It is a pleasure to volunteer at Paignton Zoo. As an animal lover I get to see the wonderful animals and volunteer with like-minded people, many of whom I have made friends with. I love to help children to have a pleasurable day out, giving them an interest in our animals.

If you would like to find out more please visit our volunteers page.

Quotes So much to see, beautifully laid out and loads of interesting information on all the animals. Quotes