passing of duchess the elephant

Our dear African elephant, Duchess, sadly passed away on Sunday 14th July. Duchess was a remarkable elephant and one of Paignton's most famous residents for 42 years. She will be greatly missed by her dedicated keepers and all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Our Elephant House has now re-opened and guests are more than welcome to leave flowers or a message in the remembrance book dedicated to Duchess.

We thank you so much for your support at this difficult time.


zoo closing time

From 26th May to 1st September 2019, the Zoo closes at 6.00 p.m. with last entry at 4.30 p.m.


limited viewing of the rhinos

Due to urgent fencing work being carried out around their exhibits, viewing of thie rhinos will be limited until further notice. The Rhino House may also be closed on certain dates from 10th July 2019. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.


'investigate' bug house closure

Please note that our 'Investigate' bug house is currently closed, while we give the exhibit a brand new makeover. We hope that this exhibit will be open in Summer 2019.


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