Wild Planet Trust launched

Wild Planet Trust launched

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Fri, 05/31/2019 - 11:55pm

The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, will become Wild Planet Trust.

The name will be officially launched in June, with signage, branding and uniforms changing over the following months.

Director of Marketing and Development Pippa Craddock explained: “We’ve been moving towards this moment since 2012 - we have definitely not rushed into it! We’ve been a name in conservation for over 60 years. While we are proud of our history, and of Herbert Whitley, the man who founded Paignton Zoo...

Trust strengthens international conservation links

Trust strengthens international conservation links

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 05/23/2019 - 11:57am

Staff from a South West conservation charity have been on a 12,000-mile round trip to help secure the future of a strange nocturnal mammal.

Animal experts John Meek (Newquay Zoo Curator) and Owen Taylor (Paignton Zoo Head Keeper of Mammals) and scientist Dr Andrew Bowkett (Wild Planet Trust Field Conservation & Research Programmes Manager) travelled to Vietnam recently on behalf of the Owston’s civet.

The three attended a workshop about this curious carnivore, held meetings with partner organisations and visited wildlife rescue centres. The species is a special focus of...

2018 Devon's Best Churchyard winners - St Andrew's in South Tawton

CPRE Devon launches Devon’s Best Churchyard competition 2019

Authored by Sharon Goble
Posted: Thu, 04/18/2019 - 9:57am

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England is seeking Devon’s Best Churchyard of 2019 and is inviting churches of all denominations to enter the competition, now in its 2nd year.

Devon’s churchyards form part of the county’s rich and varied landscape. They are much more than burial grounds. They are unique and special places. Green havens of sanctuary for people and wildlife. Some little changed over the centuries.

“Devon has hundreds of churchyards and they are beautiful places,” says Penny Mills, Director of CPRE Devon. “That’s why we thought it would be a...

Inspiring the next generation

Inspiring the next generation

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Fri, 03/22/2019 - 10:52am

Local schoolchildren recently teamed up with coastal conservationists to help tackle the theory and the reality of waste plastic in Torbay.

Pupils from Roselands Primary in Paignton learned about marine pollution with education staff from Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, then helped clean Goodrington beach with the Torbay Cleaner Coasts Initiative and staff from Torbay Council. In addition, the school raised money by making gifts from items normally thrown in the bin - such as glass jars, paper and odd socks - and selling them to families in their very own pop-up...

Paignton Zoo breeds Thao whipping frogs

Big frog, little frog

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:45am

Frogs come in all shapes and sizes – as these two demonstrate. Paignton Zoo photographer Eleanor Stobbart took this stunning image of a young Thao whipping frog on top of an adult of the same species to mark World Frog Day, on Wednesday 20th March. The species has just bred at Paignton Zoo for the very first time.

Like so many species of exotic frog, this one goes by different names. It’s the Thao whipping frog, Fea’s tree frog, or Fea's flying frog… The one thing we can agree on is the scientific designation, Rhacophorus feae.

The whipping part of the name comes from the...

Paignton Zoo and Bays Brewery Orangutan Ale

Great apes, great beer!

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 03/04/2019 - 1:23pm

Bays Brewery are brewing a special orangutan-themed beer for Paignton Zoo. The guest beer, simply called Orangutan Amber Ale, is a new recipe with a handsome tawny colour to match its name and the species.

Orangutan Ale is being launched on Monday 4th March and will be available as a draught beer in selected local pubs until the end of May. The Paignton microbrewery is donating 10p for every pint sold.

Pete Salmon from Bays said: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Paignton Zoo. Since 2013, our partnership has raised nearly £20,000, with beers themed around...

Paignton Zoo Vampire Crab

Paignton Zoo breeds vampires...

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 02/21/2019 - 11:55am

This is a vampire crab. With its purple body, orange pincers and piercing pale eyes, it’s a nightmarish vision. And a crab that’s also a vampire? Days out at the beach will never be the same…

You may not have heard of a vampire crab, though it’s a species popular with aquarists – in fact, illegal over-collection for the pet trade is a real threat to the species.

As alarming as it looks, this amazing photo, taken by Paignton Zoo photographer Eleanor Stobbart, betrays the true size of this tiny crab. It’s found in India, South East Asia and the islands of the Pacific. The...

Paignton Zoo hatches Mexican beaded lizard

Zoo hatches venomous success story

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 01/24/2019 - 12:45pm

Paignton Zoo has bred a species of venomous lizard for the first time. Two Mexican beaded lizards have hatched at the Devon zoo. Incredibly, the moment one egg hatched was captured by Zoo photographer Elliye Stobbart.

This CITES protected lizard (Heloderma horridum) is a venomous species found principally in Mexico and southern Guatemala. Heloderma means "studded skin", and with its dramatic black and yellow beaded body, this predator is quite a sight from the moment it hatches. Animal experts are unsure why it has venom at all, but scientists have found that it contains enzymes...

Paignton Zoo Tiger Dentistry

Open wide and say "Grr..."

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 01/17/2019 - 2:02pm

A tiger at Paignton Zoo in Devon has had a root canal – performed by one very brave veterinary dentist…

The patient is Paignton Zoo’s 11-year-old male Sumatran tiger Fabi, who is over 2 metres long and weighs over 100 kilograms. A Sumatran tiger has 30 teeth, including four very long canines. Canine teeth are important for biting, tearing and eating meat, for jaw architecture and display. As the adult breeding male tiger, animal staff want to make sure he’s in the very best of health for the future.

The man going into the tiger’s den is veterinary dentist Matthew Oxford....

Ludwell Community Orchard tree planting

Event Date: 
13/01/2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Community Orchard, Ludwell Valley Park

All welcome to relaxed, friendly morning, planting fruit and nut trees in the community orchard in Ludwell Valley Park.

Come to help or just to see what we are up to.

Hot drinks and cakes - free for volunteers, for donation to others.

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