Help name Paignton Zoo's orang utan baby

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Tue, 07/09/2013 - 12:44pm

Paignton Zoo is inviting visitors to help name its baby orang utan. The female baby was born on Thursday 11 April.

“Her keepers have chosen a shortlist of names. We have a collecting box in the foyer with eight slots – people can vote for the name or names they like the best. This way, everyone gets to vote and we raise money for conservation at the same time.”

The appliance of charity at Living Coasts

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Tue, 07/09/2013 - 12:27pm

One top Devon company is helping an animal charity with the little things that make a big difference.

Sparkworld has donated a selection of domestic appliances and kitchen tools to Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium.

“These things may not be sexy, but they are vital!” says Jenny Paton from Living Coasts. “The hand blender is used for preparing fish for feeding birds. And sometimes we make fish soup to syringe feed the rays, especially if youngsters need feeding up. The dishwasher is used to clean animal feed bowls.

Location, location, location is otter bliss

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Tue, 07/02/2013 - 12:36pm

A new seaside pad with a million pound price tag has been snapped up - by a family of otters. The prime site at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, overlooks Beacon Cove and Tor Bay.

Bradley’s Estate Agents Area Manager Darren Hole commented: “This is a prime location with stunning panoramic views, convenient for the harbour and for town centre shops. The grounds are perfect for al fresco dining - and there’s lots of local wildlife!”

Sixty per cent of UK species in decline, groundbreaking study finds

Authored by Chalk and Ward PR
Posted: Wed, 05/22/2013 - 9:04am

UK nature is in trouble – that is the conclusion of a groundbreaking report published today by a coalition of leading conservation and research organisations.

Scientists working side-by-side from 25 wildlife organisations have compiled a stock take of our native species – the first of its kind in the UK. The report reveals that 60% of the species studied have declined over recent decades. More than one in ten of all the species assessed are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether.

Great Gorilla flags up urgent message

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 05/16/2013 - 1:48pm

The latest creation in Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorilla Project is a real team effort.

Artist Penny Robson, a tutor for South Devon College’s Adult & Community Learning Department, invited her students to help her paint a life-size gorilla.

“There’s a list of about thirty people who want to help, but I can only have two or three at a time!” The model gorilla, called Flagged, is decorated with the flags of all the nations that are home to wild gorillas.

Orang utan born at Paignton Zoo

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Wed, 04/17/2013 - 3:32pm

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is celebrating its first orang utan birth in 16 years.

Bornean orang utan Mali gave birth on Thursday 11th April. The last orang to be born at Paignton Zoo was female Gambira, on 22nd March 1997.

Badger sleeping habits could help target TB control

Authored by Chalk and Ward PR
Posted: Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:17am

Sleeping away from the family home is linked to health risks for badgers, new research by the University of Exeter and the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) has revealed.

Scientists found that badgers which strayed away from the family burrow in favour of sleeping in outlying dens were more likely to carry TB.

The 12-month study of 40 wild badgers was funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and could have implications for the management of bovine TB in parts of the UK.

Penguins coming to Torquay harbour

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 05/01/2014 - 3:20pm

Penguins are going to be popping up all around Torquay harbour.

Look out for the cheeky six inch characters in shops and businesses.

Over 50 mini plaster of Paris penguins have been decorated in a range of dazzling designs by Living Coasts staff and volunteers, with others created by children and friends. The penguins will be on show in shop windows around the inner harbour, forming a fun free trail to follow.