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Ongoing updates and improvements

Gateway to nature

The current zoo entrance opened in 1996 as part of a site-wide redevelopment that transformed Paignton Zoo. The old entrance building can still be seen by the traffic lights on the main road and is now used as a storeroom. On opening day in 1923, entrance to the Torbay Zoological Gardens, as it was then known, was 1 shilling for adults and sixpence for children.

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The original entrance to Primley Zoological Gardens in the 1920s.
primley zoo entrance 1941
The 1941 entrance to Primley Zoological Gardens could be recognised by its metal archway.
zoo entrance 1950s
In the 1950s, the zoo entrance had seen a refurbishment.
Visitors to Paignton Zoo in the 1980s would remember this entrance.
The entrance sign was updated.
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In 1991, the Herbert Whitley Trust was renamed Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, which was reflected in the entrance signage.
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