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Trust announces star patrons

Trust announces star patrons

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Wed, 10/02/2019 - 10:47am

A major South West conservation charity has announced its patrons. Both are star names regionally and nationally.

Naturalist Nick Baker and broadcaster Judi Spiers have been unveiled as patrons of Wild Planet Trust, the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall.

Mussel in on seafood at Living Coasts

Mussel in on seafood at Living Coasts

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 09/30/2019 - 12:39pm

England’s Seafood Coast is hosting England’s Seafood FEAST – and Torquay’s coastal zoo has a seat at the table.

Of course, seafood is always on the menu at Living Coasts – the penguins, seals and others all love fish. Penguins eat sprats, for example, seals eat mackerel. Guests, meanwhile, can try a local delicacy – mussels.

Two Tribes so nearly champions

Authored by Jane Blanchard
Posted: Mon, 09/23/2019 - 12:26pm

A ladies' skittles team from Exeter narrowly missed top honours at the weekend when they were runners up in the British Skittles Championships.  Two Tribes from Exeter found themselves in the finals for the first time, facing previous champions the Dolly Mixers from Totnes. 

The Dolly Mixers finally triumphed by just ten pins over Two Tribes in a rollercoaster final as each team took it in turns to take the lead.  Final score was 338 – 328.  

Penguins behaving badly

Penguins behaving badly

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Sat, 08/31/2019 - 11:51am

Zoo keepers at Living Coasts in Torquay are naming and shaming their naughtiest penguins. They’re writing the names of mischievous birds on a chalkboard for guests to see - and singling out others for their good behaviour.

The 63 African penguins and 12 macaroni penguins at Torquay’s coastal zoo mix freely with guests. But some penguins are better-behaved than others. 

Happy bird-day at Living Coasts…

Happy bird-day at Living Coasts…

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 08/22/2019 - 11:56am

It’s an expensive time of year for birthday presents among the kittiwakes at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo. The five adult birds all have birthdays between July 17th and August 7th. And now a chick has hatched on its mother’s birthday.

The kittiwake also hatched in the same nest and to the same parents as last year, when Living Coasts recorded its first ever breeding of this species. The kittiwake is listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Devon’s new nature reserve… in the South Atlantic

Devon’s new nature reserve… in the South Atlantic

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 08/01/2019 - 9:53am

Living Coasts has announced a new conservation project linking Torquay with a group of islands half a world away. 

Torquay’s coastal zoo’s latest project is based on the Falkland Islands – an archipelago of over 750 islands, home to roughly 3,000 people, 500,000 sheep - and one million penguins. Yes, this is a UK territory with penguins. 

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! 

WITCH - a Circle of Spears Production. Is she...or isn't she?

WITCH - an original historical drama

Event Date: 
06/04/2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Venue: 
Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 1HG

Circle of Spears Productions are bring their acclaimed play WITCH to Torbay for the first time. Based on original witness evidence from a 1687 Dorset witch trial, WITCH examines the perils of being a woman alone in the early modern era. It's an emotive piece about witchcraft trials which contains neither a trial nor any witchcraft - instead it looks at the interpersonal relationships of those involved and focuses on the human story behind such accusations.

WITCH - an original historical drama

Event Date: 
06/04/2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Venue: 
Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Road, Torquay, TQ1 1HG

Circle of Spears Productions are bring their acclaimed play WITCH to Torbay for the first time. Based on original witness evidence from a 1687 Dorset witch trial, WITCH examines the perils of being a woman alone in the early modern era. It's an emotive piece about witchcraft trials which contains neither a trial nor any witchcraft - instead it looks at the interpersonal relationships of those involved and focuses on the human story behind such accusations.

"My, what big teeth you have..."

"My, what big teeth you have..."

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Sat, 03/09/2019 - 2:49pm

With teeth like that, it’s hard to believe Western lowland gorilla Kiondo is a vegetarian. The 15-year-old, who weighs in at around 186 kilos and lives at Paignton Zoo in Devon, has an impressive set of gnashers.

He was spotted displaying to keepers and to his fascinated public by photographer and Zoo regular Miriam Haas.

Kiondo enjoys a diet of vegetables, including peppers, sweetcorn, tomatoes, chicory, cabbage, kale and lettuce. The giant vegetarian sets a fine example when it comes to healthy eating – though his table manners leave a little to be desired.

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