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Zoo Updates

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Being a large visitor attraction, there is always lots going on at Paignton Zoo!

Here is where we let you know about all of the latest updates prior to your visit, including any exhibit closures, weather updates, animals off-show or planned maintenance work.

We always aim to offer the best possible experience for our guests and thank you for your understanding.

Lemur Wood will be closed from Monday 6th to Friday 10th December to carry out essential tree work.


Our boardwalk is being redeveloped, so when you visit the zoo from now on your entry and exit route will be slightly different. Instead of going across the boardwalk you will be directed through Brookside Aviary and then follow the signposted path around into the zoo. When you exit the zoo follow the big cats route back to Brookside Aviary.

As you are probably aware, there is a nationwide shortage of building materials, and we are working with our contractors to start this project as soon as possible.

We will keep this page updated on how our boardwalk redevelopment is progressing.

Path Closure


Due to an update in government COVID regulations, from Tuesday 30th November you will be required to wear a face covering in the gift shop.


Due to the growing number of Avian Flu cases in the UK, from Monday 29th November 2021 we are required by law to implement footbaths outside the following bird enclosures: Brookside Aviary and Tropical Trails/Arid Lands. All visitors will be required to use these upon entering and exiting these areas. Please wear appropriate footwear to use the footbaths. We apologise for any inconvenience caused however this is a vital measure we must take to protect our bird species.

Click here to find out more.


Pre-booking online is not essential, however, to ensure that you are able to visit Paignton Zoo on your preferred date and time, we would suggest booking your tickets in advance. Annual Pass holders may check in using Gate 5.

Face coverings and social distancing are no longer compulsory in indoor or outdoor areas. However, please do respect guests and team members who still wish to adhere to these measures.

If you have a complimentary ticket, existing pre-paid ticket, Childminder Pass or Welcome Return ticket, please call 01803 697500 to book your time slot as we cannot process these bookings online. 

For more details, please see our Staying Safe at the Zoo guide here.

Please note: we cannot transfer any ticket or time slot bookings.


All outdoor exhibits and the majority of our indoor exhibits are open. Our indoor soft play is now open. Face coverings are no longer required in indoor spaces.

The following exhibits are currently closed due to maintenance: Giraffe House (outdoor viewing available), Jungle Express Train and Nocturnal House.

There may be times when some of our animals may not be viewable at the exact time that you visit an exhibit as we not do not ‘force’ them to be ‘on-show’. If an animal is not immediately visible, they could be resting in their off-show area or somewhere out of view in their naturalistic exhibit, so please make time to pop back later in the day – it will be worth the wait!

For example, our big cats are usually more active and easier to spot in the afternoons. We cannot guarantee that you will see every single animal of the day of your visit.


We are serving a full food and drink menu every day at Paignton Zoo.

The Island Restaurant is open daily from 10am until half an hour before the zoo closes and other catering cabins around the site are also open (serving times do vary).

Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available in all of our food outlets, with plenty of outdoor seating and picnic areas for guests to use.

If you have a query that is not answered here, please email us at [email protected] and we will aim to get back to you as quickly as possible. 

And to further keep up-to-date with everything Paignton Zoo related, please make sure you follow our social media channels too!