Paignton Zoo – Including the ‘Jungle Express’ miniature railway.
Welcome to Paignton Zoo…
The elephant house at the top end of the zoo, is home to the elephants and giraffes. Nearby are the camels, peccaries, red river hogs, and the Barbary sheep. © Copyright Lewis Clarke and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
With more animals than anyone else in the South West you’re in for a really wild time. See them all – giraffes, lions, gorillas, cheetahs and thrilling crocodiles, plus our cheeky meerkats, colourful snakes and amazing monkeys. There are also indoor play areas, the Jungle Express train and uniquely, six habitats that mimic the animals’ natural environment. Come in and get close to over two thousand creatures. But you’d better leave a whole day – you’ll need it.
Come in and explore the big wild world !!
The Sumatran tiger is a carnivore clinging to life. It is being hunted towards extinction by the demands of Oriental medicine. It’s protected under law but the black market in tiger parts thrives. A few hundred Sumatran tigers remain in the wild in Indonesia – about the same number are safe in zoos around the world. © Copyright Lewis Clarke and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
If you’re going to the south coast, you could always try a miniature railway of my childhood (it has been going that long!!):
Paignton Zoo Jungle Express
Jump aboard the Jungle Express miniature railway and take a journey around our stunning lake to see areas not seen on foot!
Get exclusive peeps into the tiger and lion enclosures and ride past our gorilla island; see the gibbons swinging in the trees, the flamingos bathing in the pond and the beautiful birds of Brook Side Aviary.
The railway has been at the Zoo since 1940 when Reginald Goddard from Chessington Zoo joined us for a brief period during the war.
Trains run daily from Easter to October and there is a small charge.