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Ongoing updates and improvements

Penguins and performers

If you look in Bruce the echidna’s enclosure you can still see the rockwork from when the area housed our penguins. Up until 1953, this area was also the location of the Paignton Zoo circus – an attraction that first appeared during the Second World War, when Paignton provided a temporary home for staff and animals from Chessington Zoo in London.

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The original penguin pool was named after its sponsor, Brooke Bond tea company.
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Beside the penguin pool stood aviaries where our tapir now live.
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This original rockwork is still in place in our echidna enclosure.
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In this aerial view of the penguin pool you can also see the Nocturnal House.
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Before becoming the penguin pool, this area was home to Devon’s Zoo and Circus.
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Advert for Devon’s Zoo and Circus
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The Amazing Samson: World’s Strongest Man
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