Guest blog from Paignton Zoo
The Zoo is a large, spacious 80-acre zoo which is home to dozens of different animals from all around the world. Located in glorious Torbay, South Devon, Paignton Zoo first opened its doors as Torbay Zoological Gardens in 1923. Almost one hundred years later, the lush, green site is an ideal place for all ages to get out in the fresh air at this time of year. The zoo also a beautiful botanic garden with a unique character.
Weird and wonderful
Paignton Zoo is home to some very special species – the black rhinos, Sumatran tigers, Cuban crocodiles, Bornean orang-utans and Western lowland gorillas are all classified as Critically Endangered today. There are some plain weird creatures too! The zoo is home to the only Komodo dragon in Devon, an 18ft long reticulated python and one of the world’s only egg-laying mammals – the short-beaked echidna. As well as mammals, you can also discover many incredible bird and reptile species on your adventure.
The Great Big Brick Safari
Over 80 wild animal creations made from thousands of toy bricks are in residence at the zoo every day until 3rd January 2021, forming a trail that guests can follow with the help of a dedicated Great Big Brick Safari map. Search our zoo grounds and exhibits to spot all of the models, and you can come face to face with a life-sized brick lion, gorilla, hyenas, kangaroos, macaws and much more!
The Great Big Brick Safari event is included in admission to the zoo, adding extra value to your experience.
Paignton Zoo has worked hard to ensure that it is a safe place to visit and has met implementing the required safety regulations to be accredited by Visit England as being ‘Good To Go’. Please be aware that some parts of the zoo may be closed for guest safety. Guests are advised to visit the website before they visit to see all of the safety measures in place at the time. https://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/updates.
Currently all guests, including Annual Pass holders, must pre-book an entry day and time slot online in advance of their visit. The zoo is open every day, apart from Christmas Day, at 10am.
A visit to the zoo is much more than a day out this Autumn – anyone who visits us is directly contributing towards the care of our amazing animals and our vital wildlife conservation projects at this uncertain time.
If you pay a visit to the zoo, please share your experience of your visit on social media using the hashtag #ShareaSmileSW
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