conservation

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.

Baby is not a howler yet

Baby is not a howler yet

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Fri, 07/26/2019 - 9:43am

It’s summer on the English Riviera, the weather is gorgeous – and the baby is asleep… Life is good.

The new baby black howler monkey at Paignton Zoo is unnamed and the sex is unknown – keepers are just letting mum Bonita get on with it. The early days and weeks of an animal’s life are always perilous, but she’s an experienced mum and the weather is good, which will help.

The photo shows Bonita, the new-born and last year’s baby, Pablo, all asleep together. Bonita, enjoy the tranquility while you can...!

What can you find on a beach…?

What can you find on a beach…?

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Sat, 07/20/2019 - 9:26am

Swimming trunks, a fishing rod and part of a car exhaust system were among the surprising items found on the latest beach clean organised by staff at Living Coasts.

The charity zoo’s Events Coordinator Hayley Gibson said: “We had 72 volunteers on the day, which was fantastic, and we collected 4 large bin bags full of litter. Goodrington is a fairly well-kept beach, but if you look beneath the surface you will find lots of rubbish! 

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.

Zoo's TB restrictions lifted

Zoo's TB restrictions lifted

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 07/08/2019 - 12:47pm

The TB restrictions at Paignton Zoo have been lifted. The conservation charity has been constrained since August 2017, when a single case of TB was discovered.

A crucial final test has come back all clear. Head of Veterinary Services Ghislaine Sayers said: “We’ve been through a lot. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to care for animals during this difficult time and to help get us clear!”

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.

Setting higher standards in zoo retail

Setting higher standards in zoo retail

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:54pm

Local zoos are setting high environmental and ethical standards for their suppliers to ensure the quality of products in their shops. Questionnaires were sent to some 70 different suppliers asking about the environmental, ethical and recycling components of their businesses.

The initiative was launched by South West Zoo Enterprises, the retail arm of Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall. 

Wild, wild website

Wild, wild website

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 06/27/2019 - 1:05pm

The charity behind the region’s three top zoos has launched a new website with a new look and a radical new approach. Wild Planet Trust is the new name for the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall.

The charity’s new website places a strong emphasis on highlighting the conservation and research work of the zoos.

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