One of the best days out in Torbay is a visit to the zoo. Forget those old-fashioned throwbacks where there is not enough room for the animals with big bars between you and them.
The zoo is situated just off the main ring road connecting Torquay to Paignton, and welcomes thousands of visitors each year.
Paignton Zoo was founded by Herbert Whitley, a shy, eccentric, millionaire, and was opened to the public in 1923. Torbay Zoological Gardens, as it was known, included monkeys, bison, zebras, baboons and many birds. Entry was one shilling for adults and sixpence for children. From the earliest times education, conservation and botanical themes were important.
The zoo is now an education and scientific charity dedicated to conserving our global wildlife heritage and inspiring in its many visitors a life long respect for animals and the environment.
The zoo is home to thousands of amazing animals and plants. Walk through a world of wonder – visit the desert, cross the savannah, explore the forest and trek through the tropics. Use your senses to discover the wild world: look around, listen out – you’ll even need your sense of smell! Find out about conservation and the world’s endangered species.
Paignton Zoo is a great day out for everyone. As well as the thousands of animals, there’s a miniature train ride, a wobbly jungle bridge in Lemur Wood, indoor and outdoor play areas, keeper talks and feeding times, places to eat and places to sit – all packed into 80 acres of natural habitat.
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