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In the pink: scarlet birds have red letter day

In the pink: scarlet birds have red letter day

One of the most striking birds in the world has bred at Paignton Zoo. The scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber) is famous for its bright red feathers – although, as you can see, the chicks are anything but scarlet.

There’s no other wading bird as scarlet as a scarlet ibis, but it takes time for juveniles to grow into the colour. It’s not until their second moult that the birds begin to take on that extraordinary rosy sheen. It can take two years or more for the dazzling change to be completed; the colour comes from the red crustaceans in their diet.

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OAP the Old Age Primate

OAP the Old Age Primate

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 08/26/2019 - 9:02am

In a lovely little place not far from the sea, the old fella takes it easy. He has a garden, a nice view and people who come in every day to look after him. He’s got bad feet, declining eye-sight and bowel problems.

Oh, and he’s a 190 kilo gorilla…

Some Exeter College vocational students at the garden party

Exeter College hosts Celebration of Vocational Learners

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Fri, 08/23/2019 - 9:44am

Exeter College’s vocational students joined together to celebrate their achievements in a garden party held at the college’s Hele Road campus.

Vocational and technical qualifications offer a more practical and applied style of study and are offered by a range of awarding bodies but at Exeter College BTEC, UAL and City & Guilds are the three largest. 

Happy bird-day at Living Coasts…

Happy bird-day at Living Coasts…

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 08/22/2019 - 11:56am

It’s an expensive time of year for birthday presents among the kittiwakes at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo. The five adult birds all have birthdays between July 17th and August 7th. And now a chick has hatched on its mother’s birthday.

The kittiwake also hatched in the same nest and to the same parents as last year, when Living Coasts recorded its first ever breeding of this species. The kittiwake is listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Next Steps South West Ambassador testing out VR at an outreach event

OfS extend funding for outreach partnership

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Fri, 08/02/2019 - 12:57pm

Next Steps South West’s work at Exeter College is set to continue as the National Collaborative Outreach Programme has been extended for a further two academic years, with a new completion date of 31 July 2021.  

Established in January 2017, Next Steps South West (NSSW) operates out of 14 partner universities and colleges throughout Cornwall, Devon and Somerset with the aim of providing impartial advice to young people who are trying to navigate their journey to higher education.  

Devon’s new nature reserve… in the South Atlantic

Devon’s new nature reserve… in the South Atlantic

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 08/01/2019 - 9:53am

Living Coasts has announced a new conservation project linking Torquay with a group of islands half a world away. 

Torquay’s coastal zoo’s latest project is based on the Falkland Islands – an archipelago of over 750 islands, home to roughly 3,000 people, 500,000 sheep - and one million penguins. Yes, this is a UK territory with penguins. 

Zoo's UK climate change first

Zoo's UK climate change first

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 07/29/2019 - 11:55am

A Devon educator has become the first accredited UN climate change teacher in a UK zoo.

Steve Nash, Head of Education for Wild Planet Trust, the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, has become a UN Accredited Climate Change teacher.

BTEC Award Winners collecting their awards

Exeter College BTEC students win big in National Awards

Authored by stephendixon
Posted: Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:55pm

Students from Exeter College have been celebrating success following the National BTEC Awards 2019.  

A total of nine Exeter College students were recognised at an awards ceremony that took place in Westminster in July. The event celebrates exceptional BTEC students and apprentices while also shining a light on the inspirational teachers who have influenced their learning. 

Exeter College’s Luke Bearpark was crowned Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Student of the Year with Abbie Densham being awarded Science Student of the Year.  

People and conservation are inextricably linked.

Thriving Together: people and nature in balance

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Fri, 07/19/2019 - 11:35am

A key regional conservation charity has signed up to a campaign highlighting an environmental issue that has been described as the world’s most important yet least discussed – population growth.

Wild Planet Trust, the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, has joined the Thriving Together campaign, which recognises that family planning is critically important not only for women and girls but also for the environment.

Devon mourns Duchess

Devon mourns Duchess

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 07/15/2019 - 10:44am

The matriarch of Paignton Zoo has died. Female African elephant Duchess collapsed in her house early on Sunday morning. Despite a determined and extended response from her keepers, the in-house vet team and other staff and volunteers, the difficult decision to euthaniase her was taken at lunch-time.

Simon Tonge, Executive Director of Paignton Zoo, was present throughout: “Duchess was found collapsed in her house at 8.00 in the morning. She was lying on her left side – with her good eye to the floor - and unable to stand, which was distressing for her keepers to see.

Hatching chicks (nearly) as easy as ABC

Hatching chicks (nearly) as easy as ABC

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Fri, 07/05/2019 - 11:51am

This Vietnam pheasant chick – and others like it hatched recently at Paignton Zoo – could be the future of its species.

Bird keepers at the charity zoo are based in the Avian Breeding Centre, commonly known as the ABC. The chick is being cared for here; while it’s preferable for chicks to be parent reared, keepers will step in to give nature a helping hand when needed.

Another six (unrelated) Vietnam pheasant chicks are being reared by their parents in an off-show holding area. A video taken by keeping staff offers a rare glimpse into this hidden world.