Paignton Zoo is situated in an 80 acre natural environmental park and is home to approximately 2,000 animals representing nearly 300 different species. It also has a botanical garden section that cultivates about 1,600 different species of plant life. The warm climate in South West England allows the zoo to grow many tender plants outside as part of the exhibits. Many of the plants, such as palms, bananas and citrus trees give a tropical feel to the Zoo.
The zoo has an unusual approach to presenting its animals as is has divided the zoo into six areas representing different habitats. These are savannah, forest, primley, wetland, tropical forest and desert. The animals associated with each habitat can be found in the area representing that habitat.
Among the many unusual exhibits is a Crocodile Swamp exhibit which opened in 2008. It was built to replicate the reptiles' natural climate and habitat, and houses three species of crocodile and three species of snake.
A unique exhibition was recently opened showing normal portraits of animals from Paignton Zoo alongside thermal images of the same animals to give a unique view of nature inside and out.
Paignton, Devon TQ47EU
Tel: 0844 474 2222