Zoo welcomes tallest baby

Authored by Paigntonzoo
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!

Authored by Paigntonzoo
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

Authored by Paigntonzoo
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

Authored by Paigntonzoo
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.

Plastic Surgeon forms official Gorilla Preservation Squad

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Fri, 08/09/2013 - 1:29pm

The UK’s surface repair specialist Plastic Surgeon is going ape for charity. The company has pledged its expertise in support of Paignton Zoo’s 90th birthday Great Gorillas Project.

Plastic Surgeon has set up the Gorilla Preservation Squad to care for the host of life-sized fibre-glass gorillas spending the summer at major landmarks and locations across the region.

Wet 'n' Wild summer festival next week

Authored by Chalk and Ward PR
Posted: Wed, 08/07/2013 - 4:28pm

It's that time of year again! EDDC’s Countryside team kick off their annual Wet ’n’ Wild Summer Festival at 8pm on Thursday evening 15 August with Meet the Bats.

The Axe Estuary Wetlands is known as an excellent habitat for bats; more than half of our 17 native species of bat have been found there, including the rarest of our natives; the grey long-eared bat.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn to use an electronic bat detector to identify the different species. The Meet the Bats session will be repeated on Friday evening 16 August at 8pm.

Star Wars fans in seventh Devon - Darth Vader reborn as gorilla

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Tue, 08/06/2013 - 12:33pm

Iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader has been reborn – as a life-sized gorilla.

Great Gorillas in the urban jungle

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Wed, 07/31/2013 - 3:04pm

A silverback gorilla is coming to Exeter – by bus.

Stagecoach are supporting Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project by sponsoring a unique piece of three-dimensional public art - a life-sized model gorilla.

The Stagecoach silverback is called Bananarilla – for obvious reasons – and is the creation of graffiti artist Miss*C, Cleo Heard. He will have his own little piece of jungle to live in thanks to local school children.

Beer for Gorillas!

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Wed, 07/31/2013 - 2:15pm

A top South Devon brewery has created a special beer - for gorillas.

The Bays Great Gorilla Ale is a one-off brew celebrating Paignton Zoo’s 90th birthday and The Great Gorillas Project.

The project features life-sized model gorillas sponsored by businesses, painted in original designs by specially commissioned artists and displayed in a unique public art trail around Exeter and the English Riviera.

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.”