Supporting Conservation

Supporting Conservation

2013 saw Paignton Zoo‘s 90th anniversary and we wanted to do more than celebrate. In those 90 years we have achieved great things in conservation and education, and we wanted to use this landmark occasion to do even more.

We have invested millions of pounds in conservation work spanning the globe, protecting local habitats, breeding and releasing species back into the wild and working on conservation programmes globally. And we have achieved great things.

Locally, we saved Slapton Ley from development and now manage it as a National Nature Reserve helping to protect numerous rare species and habitats. We have bred several species for reintroduction including the golden lion tamarin, Socorro dove, dormouse, water vole and cirl bunting. Through our global work, centred in Africa, we have helped to protect black and white rhino in Zimbabwe, supported the reintroduction of black rhino to Malawi where they had become extinct since the 1980s, together with the Kenyan Wildlife Service we confirmed the existence of a previously unknown population of the Critically Endangered Aders‘ duiker, and we continue to support environmental education in the largely neglected Omo Forest in Nigeria.

The funds raised through The Great Gorillas Project will enable us to do even more, including directly supporting gorilla conservation.

To find out how you can help us to continue to raise funds for gorilla conservation and get the chance to see gorillas in the wild with 'Trek Uganda' click here.

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