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.


BOARDWALK CLOSURE

Due to ongoing maintenance we have unfortunately had to close our main boardwalk until further notice. Please follow the signs that will take you through Brookside Aviary. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


NATURE TRAIL

Our Nature Trail will be closed from 27th September for a week for tree felling work linked to ash die-back.


TICKETING AND ENTRY

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.


OPENING TIMES

DATES – Paignton Zoo opens at 10amLast admission time slotZoo closes
6th September to 30th October 20213:00pm5:00pm
All of the above dates and closing times are subject to change.

WHICH EXHIBITS ARE OPEN/CLOSED AND ANIMALS OFF SHOW

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.


FOOD & DRINK

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.


ANIMAL TALKS

We are currently offering a daily programme of short, fun talks throughout the day at the following animal enclosures*:

LocationTime
Baboons11:00 am
Lemurs11:45 am
Tigers12:15 pm
Cassowaries12:45 pm
Giraffes2:00 pm
Gorillas2:30 pm
Giant tortoises3:00 pm
Tigers3:45 pm

*These talks are subject to change.

This summer these talks will not be based around feeding times – but they offer a great chance to find out about our amazing animals.


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. 

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