Bringing conservation to life
As well as running projects protecting species and habitats overseas, Wild Planet Trust also runs two zoos and three nature reserves in the UK. Our sites enable us to bring our mission – of helping to halt species decline – to life.
Both Paignton Zoo in Devon and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall help to provide safe havens for endangered species. They also give visitors the chance to see and learn about a vast range of plants and animals from across the world, and to understand why their survival is so vital. Our dedicated teams work tirelessly to provide the very best care to each and every individual, and we work closely with international organisations to manage and coordinate conservation programmes that are bringing species back from the edge of extinction.
In addition to our zoos, we also have three reserves in Devon. The sites at Primley Park, Clennon Gorge and Slapton Ley encompass a variety of different habits for local wildlife, from woodland and meadows to lakes and coastal areas. The reserves at Primley and Slapton Ley are open for all to enjoy.
Paignton Zoo has been focusing on conservation, scientific research and education since it first opened a century ago. It is home to a wide range of animals, from towering giraffes to tiny poison dart frogs.
Newquay Zoo has been welcoming visitors since the 1950s. While it is the smaller of our two zoos, it packs an environmental punch, with ground-breaking campaigns and highly-successful breeding programmes.
Nature reserve Primley Park opened to the public in 1994, but its rich history began long beforehand.
The nature reserve at Clennon Gorge covers around 60 acres of woodland and limestone grassland, and is home to a wide range of plants and animals.
Slapton Ley, on the South Devon coast, is a large freshwater lake separated from the sea by a narrow shingle bar. The ley is fringed by reedbeds and willow, forming part of a National Nature Reserve that contains a variety of habitats.