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“Great Days out”

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Paignton
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a conservation and education charity located in South Devon. With around two thousand animals, we have more species than anyone else in the South West. These include: crocodiles, snakes, lions, tigers, giraffes, elephant, rhinos, lemurs, meerkats, orang utans...The list is endless! We also have indoor play areas, the Jungle Express train and a lakeside restaurant. If you wish, we also offer special feeding experiences with certain animals, e.g. meerkats, giraffes, giant tortoises, etc. Paignton Zoo is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Great Days out”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Hi I have been to this zoo a number of times and have never been disapointed.
It has a good variety of animals, although some are hidden but keep going back and they will come out.

Visited January 2014
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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“An impressive variety of animals.”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Paignton Zoo is a great day out for all the family to enjoy regardless of age. The Zoo itself is very well presented and it is reassuring to know that the animals are well cared for. The grounds are also quite large so expect to do a lot of walking.

Next up, the animals, you will not be disappointed with the variety of animals you can see in Paignton. My favourite would have to be the gorilla house. It's amazing how close you can get to the gorillas.

Being such a comprehensive zoo, the price certainly reflects the running costs. Paignton Zoo is not a cheap day out, but it is value for money.


Visited September 2013
Thank G B
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31 reviews
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“would not waste my money again”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

This is the second time I have been here an I certainly will not be returning. The main reason being the lack of animals we saw 1 elephant which looked at bit bedraggled no rhino 3 camels which were huddled together around a small section of the wire fence the giraffes and baboons were about the best. This is a fantastic place if you like birds ducks and peacocks. My tip would definately be Go to Chester Zoo its brilliant

Visited May 2014
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George B, Manager at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, responded to this review, 19 May 2014
Dear lin j,
Sorry to hear that you found your visit today a "waste of money" however thank you for also highlighting that we are "a fantastic place".
Because we are a non-profit conservation and education charity your admission goes towards not only the running of the zoo but also our global conservation projects and education projects. You can find out more about these projects from our parent charity's website (Google "Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust") and the education section on our own Paignton Zoo website.
Paignton Zoo has over two thousand animals spread over a 80 acre site, so there is certainly lots to see and do. I sounds like you missed out on seeing our collection of crocodiles (Crocodile Swamp) as well as seeing the cheetahs, lions, tigers, gorillas, orang utans, zebras, kangaroos, lemurs, emus, ostriches, gibbons, macaques, pelicans...this is pretty much just scratching the surface...
To address some of your points more specifically: Duchess, our elephant, does look "bedraggled" however she is now well into her forties and is not a fan of being cleaned. There is plenty of signage around her enclosure and would urge any visitor to attend a keeper elephant talk which happen daily. The two rhinos are usually very difficult to miss. You can either see them in their rhino house or in the outside enclosure. There are areas of their enclosure where they can escape from the gaze of visitors, should they wish to, however I would recommend that any visitor, if they cannot see their favourite animal, to merely pop back a bit later and they probably will be visible. Or try and coincide your visit with a keeper talk/feed (please ask at Front of House for times/information). In addition the camels have a large field/paddock in which they are free to roam, however I cannot explain why they were all huddled together when you saw them.
Thank you for your feedback and I hope my explanations above will warrant a third visit in the future.
Best wishes,
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Dorset, United Kingdom
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“A great day out”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

We went here on the 6th of May. Easy to find and next door to Morrisons! We had an enjoyable day and spent around 5 hours here. There is a lot to see and we got some great photos. Good enclosures and many talks throughout the day.

Visited May 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“One of the best Zoo's in the country”
Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

Great zoo loads of animals with good enclosures. 2nd only to Chester Zoo in my opinion.

Expect a fair bit of walking and it's not all flat ground either our little one (18 months) struggled a bit walking up some of the hills, however that was to be expected.

big range of animals we had to rush around a little to get to see it all! It you have the time to catch a talk do so because they are very informative the staff know a lot about the animals and clearly care for them. One woman who spoke to us about the cheetah was particularly great.

One last little bit of praise for this zoo goes to the information boards. My favourite from the zoos we've visited across the country. It has a great little bit that shows how endangered the animals are as well as info on habitats etc. For all the big animals there are boards showing the sign language for that animal making it much more fun for all children and it's great to see a zoo include sign language.

Worth a visit and more than worth the cost of entry, bring a picnic plenty of places to stop and eat. Oh also this is a good zoo whatever the weather plenty of natural and man made cover.

Thank JPBridges
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