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Fantastic Day out for all the family
Paignton Zoo (Devon)
Member Name: KaribouFluff
Paignton Zoo (Devon)
Advantages: wide range of animals is spacious well kept habitats
Disadvantages: signposting is a bit confusing, lots of hills!
I just had a lovely day out at Paignton Zoo. We stayed in Torquay and the zoo was just an 8 minute drive, easy to find with the Tom Tom and signposted well.
There is plently of free parking available. The tickets cost £13.10 for adults and £9.25 for Children (3-15 years old), Children under 3 are free. There is a giftaid ticket option available too. We found some £1 off per adult ticket vouchers in a local free tourist guide, so it might be worth having a look in a few if you are in the area. There is a large gift shop, and places to purchase refreshments throughout the Zoo.
I found Paignton Zoo quite different to any zoo I've been to before, as the animals appear to have much more space and freedom, and the visitors are less likely to see 'caged' animals. The animals all seem happy and well looked after. You do have to be prepared to walk though, although there is a small train to help you get around, you are more likely to see everything if you walk, and it can get bit hilly in places!
The zoo is divided into zones to guide you around the park, these are Primely, Savannah. Forest, Wetland, Tropical Forest and Desert. We did find it a little difficult to get around the zoo in terms of directions, as we didn't buy a map and some of the signposts are a bit inaccurate/confusing.
There are many different types of monkey and loads and loads of birds, giraffes and elephants, rhinos, camels and zebras. The tropical houses have many snakes and lizards, and lots of cute little birds running free, and the new croc house is brilliant, and has loads of information and activities. There are feedings and other activities planned throughout the day, advertised on the noticeboard as you enter the zoo.
I have to say that my favourite animals were the Red River Hogs, very cute and friendly and a little different to what you usually see!
Summary: Definately worth a visit, lots to see and do, keeps you occupied for ages!
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