Animal staff at a Devon zoo and aquarium have been tackling a tricky task – micro-chipping venomous stingrays.
So how do you work with patients that are wet, slippery and have venomous tails? Zoo vet Catherine Bergzoll: “We had a team including vets, vet nurses, keepers and volunteers. We caught one ray at a time and placed it in a tub with anaesthetic dissolved in the water. The sedation meant that the rays were calm, making the procedure less stressful for them and safer and easier for us.”
One local family has tracked down the full set of Great Gorillas – entirely by bus.
Lucy Sambell, from Exeter, her 13-year-old son Zachary and their two chocolate Labradors, father and son Murphy and Dooley, took two days to complete the free public art marathon.
The Great Gorillas Project is celebrating the 90th birthday of Paignton Zoo with 30 life-size model gorillas, sponsored by businesses and painted in original designs by specially-commissioned artists, placed around the streets and public spaces of Exeter and the English Riviera.
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is marking the role South Devon played in the career of the man regarded around the world as the father of modern tree surgery.
John Davey served a six-year apprenticeship in horticulture and landscape gardening in Torquay. He moved to the US and became a leading tree expert, publishing his first book, 'The Tree Doctor', in 1901.
A hotel in Exeter is serving gorilla-sized cocktails.
The Southernhay House Hotel in Exeter has created a special tipple to mark Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project.
Owner Deborah Clark, who also runs Burgh Island, came up with the idea. She has pledged to donate a sum to the campaign – aimed at raising awareness for gorilla conservation in Africa – for each cocktail sold.
Paignton Zoo Head of Education Lisa Stroud smiles a lot – but then, she has plenty to smile about. When she took up her post 16 months ago, she inherited a busy department with an enthusiastic team and strong partnerships beyond the gates of the Zoo. Now, she has won a major grant to help pay for a whole range of innovations. “I love my job!” she enthuses.