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“Great Zoo - But, disabled people (with mobility problems)beware”

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Paignton
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 31 August 2014

My daughter has always wanted to go to this Zoo, so for her 30th off we went. I am disabled so researched the website It states "Gradients are less than one in twelve however some appear fairly steep, therefore not all paths are easy to manage independently in a manual wheelchair" this is very misleading. I used a 4 wheeled walker and found it very hard going, anyone trying to push a wheelchair around would need to be super fit. There needs to be a better warning on the website telling disabled people to make sure they either take a powered wheelchair/scooter or phone and reserve one of the few scooters owned by the Zoo. The Zoo itself is one of the better ones I have been to, but I was disturbed to see a lone Elephant, it looked very unhappy and as the Zoo itself states " Elephants are social animals, living in herds of breeding groups made up of females and young" I can't understand why there is only one. I have given the Zoo 3 stars because of the poor disabled access.

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Reviewed 31 August 2014

I've been to Paington Zoo many times over the years and love taking my children there now, who are 5. They always enjoy going too as they love the animals and all the play areas!! We ate in the restaurant and had a lovely meal - the sausages are fab!!

The zoo is well spread out and there's a great collection of animals. A great day out for the whole family!!

Thank Victoria B
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

This Zoo has come on leaps and bounds since i first visited it about 20 years ago

Most of the enclosures have been rebuilt...they have a nerw crocodile house, Ape Centre and much more.

The highlight was the 2 baby Orangutans , and Gorilla Island

Thank lookey01
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

Well worth the cost of the visit. A well spaced out zoo with large animal enclosures. All the animals were calm and appeared well looked after. A great day out for people of all ages.

Thank Helen W
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

Nice to visit a progressive zoo with plenty of room for its inhabitants, and the lemur wood is a magical experience.

Sensible pricing, good facilities and lots of useful information regarding the threats to various species and the conservation programmes in which the zoo participates.

One grumble, though - why on Earth does such a place permit smoking in just about all of its open areas?

Thank Paul N
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