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What can the zoo do for you

What can the zoo do for you?

Challenging preconceptions.

What can the zoo do for you

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

Mission Statement

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is an education, scientific and conservation charity dedicated to protecting our global wildlife heritage and inspiring in people a respect for animals, plants and the environment.

What can the zoo do for you


Approx. 600,000,000 people visit zoos around the world each year

Paignton Zoo has over 500,000 visitors each year and49,000of those are on educational visits.

What can the zoo do for you

Things we do that you (might) know about…


  • Teaching sessions based on the national curriculum and specifications.

  • Residential groups for weeks or parts of weeks.

  • BTEC in partnership with South Devon College and Bridgwater College.

  • Children’s clubs for Zoo members.

What can the zoo do for you

Things we do that you might not know about…


  • Registered botanical gardens.

  • Look after many endangered species of plants., especially cycads and buddleias.

  • Many habitat zones with the appropriate plants.

  • Themed gardens such as the medicinal garden and the wildlife garden.

  • Curriculum, enquiry based plant sessions.

Forest School

  • Forest school style sessions for school groups and young peoples clubs.

  • Education officers are in the process of level 3 forest school training with Bridgwater College.

What can the zoo do for you

Nature Reserves

  • We look after two nature reserves one on the zoo site with a variety of woodland and limestone grassland, Primley woods open to the public across the road.

  • We use the reserves for a variety of different activities including Countryside management BTEC.


  • Green facts trail.

  • Cows Vs Caterpillars.

  • Games! Snakes and ladders, Play your ‘eco cards’ right.

  • Leading by example.

  • Teacher training sessions.

What can the zoo do for you



7153Adult visitors engaged with activities

7.2% of these completed a questionnaire about their experience


Pledged they will be taking new actions after their visit to the zoo


Enjoyed the activities


Learnt new actions to carry out at home.


rainwater recycling,

reed bed filtering.

Solar Panels and building management systems

Heat pumps

Biomass boiler

Recycling, compost, green roofs, battery powered vehicles……..