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New vet scholarship aids wild orang utans

New vet scholarship aids wild orang utans

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Sun, 10/06/2019 - 7:36pm

Two vets from Indonesia are the first to benefit from a unique new scholarship programme run by a Cornish vet charity.  OVAID – Orang utan Veterinary Aid – is run by Nigel and Sara Hicks, based in Launceston. They help hard-pressed orang utan rescue centres and sanctuaries with veterinary support and donations of equipment.

The new OVAID Bronwyn Scholarship meant that two South East Asian vets were able to make the 12,000 kilometre (7,500 mile) journey to the UK to exchange techniques and information on the care and welfare of orang utans.

Experts join conservation charity

Experts join conservation charity

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 09/23/2019 - 1:07pm

Three new animal experts have boosted the team at Paignton Zoo this summer.

Dr Kirsten Pullen, the new Director of Conservation and Education, started in June.
Curator of Mammals Lisa Britton took up her post in July. And Jay Redbond, Assistant Curator, Lower Vertebrates & Invertebrates, arrived in August. Together they bring nearly 60 years of professional experience to the charity.

Zoo gorilla plays ball

Zoo gorilla plays ball

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Sun, 09/22/2019 - 12:24pm

England’s chances in the Rugby World Cup would be greatly improved if they had this chap in the line-up.

Male Western lowland gorilla Pertinax lives at Paignton Zoo in Devon. He‘s around 6 feet from head to toe – modest for a professional rugby player these days, but he weighs in at a hefty 190 kilos - and it’s pretty much all muscle. At 37 he’s a bit of a senior now, but even the All Blacks might think twice about tackling him…

What can you find on a beach…?

What can you find on a beach…?

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Sat, 07/20/2019 - 9:26am

Swimming trunks, a fishing rod and part of a car exhaust system were among the surprising items found on the latest beach clean organised by staff at Living Coasts.

The charity zoo’s Events Coordinator Hayley Gibson said: “We had 72 volunteers on the day, which was fantastic, and we collected 4 large bin bags full of litter. Goodrington is a fairly well-kept beach, but if you look beneath the surface you will find lots of rubbish! 

Critically Endangered red ruffed lemurs born at Paignton Zoo

Are these the sweetest babies in the world?

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 06/27/2019 - 10:20am

There are baby red ruffed lemurs at Paignton Zoo – and just look at them!

The charity zoo is a professional science and conservation body working internationally to help save these Critically Endangered primates – but sometimes all the serious stuff is pushed to one side by incredibly cute baby animals.

Head Keeper of Mammals Owen Taylor said: “When we were sure she was close to giving birth, we put some ropes up at the indoor viewing area to give her some additional privacy and the best opportunity of raising her offspring.”

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.

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. 

Charity launches CookABILITY cooking videos to tackle learning disability obesity

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Fri, 12/28/2018 - 12:29pm

People with learning disabilities are tackling obesity by making YouTube cooking videos as part of a pioneering new project from the disability charity United Response.

CookABILITY, which launched in Paignton, Devon, aims to encourage people with learning disabilities, Down’s syndrome and autism to cook for themselves and eat healthy food.

Research* shows disabled people are more likely to have poor diets and not exercise enough. In fact, over 80% of adults with learning disabilities fail to meet official minimum recommended levels for physical activity.

Giraffe death shocks zoo

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 11/08/2018 - 11:46am

Staff and volunteers at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park have been left shocked by the sudden death of male giraffe Yoda. The 14-year-old northern giraffe was found collapsed in the giraffe house early this morning.

Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “This has come as a huge shock. He was a noble animal, one of the best-known and best-loved characters in the Zoo. There was no warning. People are in tears.

Draw on the walls at Living Coasts

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 10/22/2018 - 10:15am

New technology at Torquay’s coastal zoo means you can colour in a sea creature and see it come to life in front of your eyes.

The coastal conservation charity has installed an electronic wall where drawings are turned into animations. It’s the first time tech of this kind has been seen in the UK.

Guests can colour one of a range of marine creatures, including tropical fish, seahorses and rays, scan them and then interact with them thanks to Draw Alive.

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