zoo closing time

From 2nd September to 27th October 2019, the zoo closes at 5.00 p.m. with last entry at 4.00 p.m.

passing of duchess the elephant

Our dear African elephant, Duchess, sadly passed away on Sunday 14th July 2019. Duchess was a remarkable elephant and one of Paignton's most famous residents for 42 years. She is greatly missed by her dedicated keepers and all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

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


'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 again in October 2019.