Paignton Zoo

As Paignton Zoo is near where I live, I go to see the animals on a regular basis.

I cannot stress enough how much trouble they go to with regard to breeding and protecting species. Paignton are part of a European breeding programme which takes captive animals and selectively breed from them to help avoid extinction. Whilst I’m no photographer, I have managed to capture some really nice pictures during my last few visits.

The western lowland gorillas have been particularly photogenic.

500 pounds of real power!

I’m planning a trip to other zoos during the next year so check back and see what I’ve been up to!


A Trip to…Paignton Zoo, Newquay Zoo & Living Coasts

I decided to buy an annual membership for Paignton Zoo. This allows me to pay them a visit any time I want to for a year.

Not a bad plan as Paignton Zoo is my favourite Zoo of all. The bonus is that it means I also get unlimited visits to Newquay Zoo in Cornwall and Living Coasts in Torquay. I’m also allowed one visit to Chester Zoo as well! What a bargain – less than £50 for all that.

So armed with a new camera, I decided that I would try and combine a trip to both Paignton Zoo and Newquay Zoo. (It didn’t quite work as there is so much to see at Paignton that I had to go to Newquay the next day.)

Now as Living Coasts and Newquay Zoo are smaller it was possible to combine both so the camera got a good workout.

Living Coasts is a coastal zoo and aquarium in Torquay and has Sea Lions, Otters, lots of seabirds and an aquarium.

Newquay Zoo has a pride of lions who you can get really close to.


It’s just as well there was some armoured glass, she didn’t like the camera very much!


Newquay Zoo is much more compact than Paignton but nonetheless a lovely afternoon out.