Fish and micro-chips at Living Coasts

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Fri, 09/20/2013 - 11:08am

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.”

The Great Gorilla mystery

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Wed, 09/18/2013 - 9:04am

Whodunnit? With the Agatha Christie Festival in full swing, the question is – who created the Poirot gorilla that’s been wowing shoppers in Torquay this summer?

This time it wasn’t the butler – it was the students of South Devon College.

They created a remarkable gorilla version of Agatha Christie's famous detective, Hercule Poirot, as part of Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project.

Exeter family follows the Great Gorilla trail... by bus

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Posted: Mon, 09/16/2013 - 1:28pm

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.

Zoo celebrates global tree expert’s Devon roots

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Posted: Tue, 09/10/2013 - 11:52am

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.

Kirstie Allsopp wears her hearts on her gorilla

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 08/29/2013 - 2:53pm

TV favourite Kirstie Allsopp has decorated a unique piece of three-dimensional charity art - a life-size gorilla.

The presenter, interior designer, crafts and property expert has come up with a design as part of Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project.

All gorillas great and small

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Sun, 08/25/2013 - 1:25pm

Babbacombe Model Village is getting involved in Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project in a big way – by faithfully recreating the trail of life-size painted gorillas in miniature.

Thirty 5 inch-tall china gorillas have been placed around the Model Village for the summer. Some artists have painted their own miniatures, while others have been completed by Model Village staff.

Zoo welcomes tallest baby

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Posted: Wed, 08/21/2013 - 1:23pm

The tallest baby in the world has just been born at Paignton Zoo in Devon.

The Rothschild's giraffe calf stands at nearly six feet tall.

The as yet unnamed and unsexed calf was born to mother Janica and father Yoda on the morning of Tuesday 20 August.

Paignton Zoo Curator of Mammals Neil Bemment said: “The first thing that happens to a baby giraffe when it is born is a six foot drop onto the ground – it’s a hard way to start!”

Cocktails for Gorillas!

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Posted: Wed, 08/21/2013 - 9:48am

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.

Zoo’s joined-up strategy links education, energy and environment

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Posted: Wed, 08/14/2013 - 9:38am

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.

Great Gorilla is a true academic

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Posted: Mon, 08/12/2013 - 11:48am

A gorilla has enrolled at the University of Exeter.

The giant primate arrived wrapped in pretend brown paper, tied with mock string and covered in air mail stickers, stamps and franks from South Africa, Canada, Indonesia, Australia and Cuba.

This striking piece of public art is named Takamanda, after a national park in the Cameroon set up in 2008 to help protect the endangered Cross River gorilla.