Remember BBC 1’s Zoo Keepers series back in 1998? Well here’s your chance to visit the zoo where it all happened. Paignton Zoo shot to national fame as the series followed the day to day goings on inside the attraction, and it’s always been one of Devon’s biggest days out. The zoo has more animals than any attraction in the South West, and its careful design means visitors get as close as possible to the many different species.
The sprawling park is divided into different sections of the globe, so one minute you can be facing the giraffes in the Savannah and the next you’ll be wandering the forest on the lookout for apes...2012 saw the exciting arrival of lion cubs, and while they can’t stay small and cute forever they’re always a crowd pleaser as they enjoy becoming more and more mischievous. They were named by members of the public, and the final choices were Zarina and Maliya for the girls, and Jari and Sabai for the boys.
The Tropics are one of the newest exhibits, and visitors can wander around murky swamps on the lookout for the crocodiles and pythons that call its waters home. There are seasonal events held at the zoo, and if you need to rest your feet while you explore hop aboard the mini train that takes visitors around the park. Picnics are welcome in the picnic areas, but watch your food as the sneaky peacocks that wander the area may just fancy a bite.
Address: Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7EU
Phone: 01803 697500