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Leading housebuilders donate £1,000 to help South Devon zoo and conservation charity hit by pandemic

Leading housebuilders donate £1,000 to help South Devon zoo and conservation charity hit by pandemic

A much-loved local zoo and conservation trust in South Devon is celebrating an unexpected windfall from leading housebuilders Barratt and David Wilson Homes, who have donated £1,000 to help it recover from the challenges of Covid.

Shaldon Zoo and Wildlife Trust, which carries out vital conservation work all over the world, has suffered major financial losses during the lockdown as it...

RSPCA and fire services rescue deer caught in netting near Dartmoor Zoo

The RSPCA and fire services rescued a wild deer which was stuck in electrical fencing near Dartmoor Zoo in Devon on Saturday 10 October.

Inspector Becky Wadey and Animal Rescue Officer (ARO) Simon Kite along with the Camelshead technical rescue team from Devon and Cornwall Fire Service attended to help rescue the poor deer.

Inspector Beccy Wadey said: “The deer had become...

Shaldon Wildlife Trust is closed because of coronavirus but the work continues!

Despite shutting on the 23rd March due to the coronavirus outbreak, work at Shaldon Wildlife Trust continues. The zoo, based in Shaldon, houses over 50 species and is renowned for its success with endangered species and for the conservation work it does.

With the doors closed all visitor income has ceased and so a fund raiser has been launched to keep the zoo going through the...

Zoo keepers get fish to clean their own aquarium

Ingenious aquarists at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, have trained strange fish to help clean their tank of a naturally-occurring pest.

Filefish, or leatherjackets, have been introduced into the charity zoo’s large stingray tank to help control an invasive anemone.

Aquarist Tom Fielding: “Aiptasia is a common temperate and tropical sea anemone. It comes in...

Trust's 2020 vision

Wild Planet Trust is the Devon-based charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, plus several nature reserves in Devon. While 2019 was not a great year for the charity, there are, says Trust boss Simon Tonge, some reasons for optimism:

“Last year was not the best for visitor numbers, though we still saw 700,000 people come to our three zoo...

Zoo says good bye to Lucifer

Paignton Zoo is sad to announce that senior male lion Lucifer has had to be put to sleep.

Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling: “Lucifer was 17 years old, so he was a good age for an Asiatic lion. He was, like a lot of us, showing signs of wear and tear on his body. He had some weakness and ataxia – that’s wobbliness in his hind limbs – he would stagger occasionally, especially when going up...

Christmas dinners with a difference…

Animals at Paignton Zoo will be getting their own festive dinners this Christmas – but you may not find them quite as appetising as your own…

So what’s on the menu? Well, the big cats could get a whole turkey, complete with feathers and entrails. Curator of Mammals Lisa Britton said: “It’s all good roughage, the bones, everything. It’s the sort of carcass they’d be eating in the wild...

Festive food fun with Santa

They say you shouldn’t play with your food – but at Living Coasts this Christmas, that’s exactly what kids are being encouraged to do. The coastal zoo’s Breakfast with Santa event features food, presents – and penguins.

Living Coasts spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “Children get a pancake to decorate. They can choose from things like banana, strawberries, chocolate drops, cream and...

Gentle by nature?

Paignton Zoo has welcomed a new species – the wonderfully-named gentle lemur. There’s more than a little of the teddy bear about them, with their thick, grey-brown fur and beady amber eyes. The babies are said to be especially cute – and the zoo certainly hopes to see babies in due course.

The gentle lemur – more correctly, the Alaotran gentle lemur - is the only primate that lives...

Zoo shells out for giant tortoise physio

We often reach for a heat pack to ease aches and pains, with maybe a bit of a massage if we’re lucky. This is exactly the treatment 35-year-old Sophie is getting right now. The only difference is – she’s a giant tortoise. Paignton Zoo’s Aldabra giant tortoise Sophie weighs 106 kilos, 233 pounds or 16 stones. She’s one of six confiscated by Customs from an illegal importation and handed to...

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