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Ongoing updates and improvements

Welcome to the jungle

Our car park used to be part of the main zoo, and for many years was home to some of Paignton’s most innovative enclosures. The centrepiece was a magnificent Tropical and Sub Tropical House housing plants, fish, reptiles and amphibians from around the world, as well as extensive aviaries housing large collections of parrots, pheasants and other birds.

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The Tropical Lily Pond was a popular feature at the entrance of the Tropical House and housed shoals of tropical fish as well as luxuriant jungle plants and giant water lilies.
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The old parrot house housed a wide array of parrots, macaws and cockatoos.
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A view of Crane Row with the Tropical House behind.
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The Sub Tropical House and walkthrough aviary.
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The Tropical House was filled with a variety of exotic plants.
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The Tropical House was a very popular attraction for all ages.
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This aerial view of the Tropical and Sub Tropical House shows just how vast they were.
The pond in the Sub Tropical House was a popular feature.
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Bananas were a Paignton speciality, and for many years had their own dedicated greenhouse at the zoo.
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