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Ongoing updates and improvements

Ongoing Improvements

Yellow-banded poison dart frog at Paignton Zoo

Keep up to date with everything zoo-related here!

As a 80 acre site, there is always lots going on at Paignton Zoo. Here is where you can find out about all of the latest updates prior to your visit. Whether it be maintenance work, an exhibit closure or an animal off-show, we aim to keep you informed so that you have a great experience with us.


Bugs at Home will be closed for refurbishment ahead of the summer holidays. This work will starts on Thursday 11 July for approximately two weeks.


We have been made aware of an ongoing scam offering heavily discounted tickets at £2 for Paignton Zoo along with other UK zoos. This is a false offer being operated by scammers.

If you see any of these posts on your social media channels, please report them directly to the platform using the options available alongside the post.

Never click on any suspicious links – we advise you to purchase tickets directly from our website.

If you have been a victim of this scam, report this to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by calling 0300 123 2040.

More info on reporting scam websites and other scams can be found here – https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/collection/phishing-scams/report-scam-website


We’re currently making some improvements to create a more comfortable environment for our colobus monkeys and cherry-crowned mangabeys. This includes upgrading their heating system for optimal warmth, as well as carrying out some essential repairs to certain sections of the walkway leading to their enclosure. While you can still see most of the exhibits, the path ahead will be temporarily closed. You’ll simply need to retrace your steps to continue your exploration.

Thank you for your understanding.


Some of your little ones might be excited to see some diggers around on site! There’s a handful of separate construction projects ongoing at the moment. We are very excited to be starting work on these new projects, and hope you will be too!


  • We currently have a few empty enclosures whilst we await new animals and also make some updates and improvements around the zoo. Download our App to see the up to date information regarding exhibit closures
  • Crocodile Swamp is permanently closed

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!


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 (opening 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!