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2008-09-30 00:00:18

A westcountry zoo has been so successful in breeding critically endangered exotic monkeys that it is sending a pair to France to help conserve the species. Newquay Zoo has been breeding the pied tamarins, one of the 25 most endangered primate species in the world. The shy animals are threatened by habitat loss in the Amazon forest of Brazil, their native environment. John Meek, the zoo's animal collections manager, said: "We first held a breeding pair of this species in February 2006....

2008-09-02 00:00:17

By ALLAN TUDOR 'AN innovation in tourism' has been launched at Paignton Zoo, it is being claimed. Visitors can now get a free personal tour from their very own animal expert. In what they believe to be a first for any Devon tourist attraction, the zoo has launched Zoo Highlights, a series of MP3 files available through the website www.paigntonzoo.org.uk A zoo spokesman said: "The 24 separate segments each last about 30 seconds and provide extra information such as the names of...

2008-08-24 00:00:20

The natural world is truly extraordinary. Visit Living Coasts or Paignton Zoo Environmental Park and you'll be amazed by the sheer variety of plants and animals. Living Coasts, Torquay's coastal zoo and discovery centre, mixes birds of all shapes and sizes with some truly mysterious sea creatures. Outside you can mingle with one hundred perky penguins, enjoy the peaceful lapping waters of the estuary and watch the fur seals at play. Sit and watch and listen as the...

2008-08-18 00:00:21

The natural world is truly extraordinary. Visit Living Coasts or Paignton Zoo Environmental Park and you'll be amazed by the sheer variety of plants and animals. Living Coasts, Torquay's coastal zoo and discovery centre, mixes birds of all shapes and sizes with some truly mysterious sea creatures. Outside you can mingle with one hundred perky penguins, enjoy the peaceful lapping waters of the estuary and watch the fur seals at play. Sit and watch and listen as the birds fly and...

2008-08-18 00:00:13

S ometimes in life it takes a traumatic event to put you on the path where you can follow your dream and rise to the top of the tree. For Paignton Zoo's new curator of plants and gardens Kevin Frediani it was a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Born and raised on the fringes of Dartmoor he planned to combine his love of the outdoors and sport by signing up for the Royal Marines, but just days before he was due to start his basic training at Lympstone he broke his back in three places after...

2008-08-10 00:00:12

The natural world is truly extraordinary. Visit Living Coasts or Paignton Zoo Environmental Park and you'll be amazed by the sheer variety of plants and animals. Living Coasts, Torquay's coastal zoo and discovery centre, mixes birds of all shapes and sizes with some truly mysterious sea creatures. Outside you can mingle with one hundred perky penguins, enjoy the peaceful lapping waters of the estuary and watch the fur seals at play. Sit and watch and listen as the birds fly and call and...

2008-07-27 00:00:24

The natural world is truly extraordinary. Visit Living Coasts or Paignton Zoo Environmental Park and you'll be amazed by the sheer variety of plants and animals. Living Coasts, Torquay's coastal zoo and discovery centre, mixes birds of all shapes and sizes with some truly mysterious sea creatures. Outside you can mingle with one hundred perky penguins, enjoy the peaceful lapping waters of the estuary and watch the fur seals at play. Sit and watch and listen as the birds fly and call and...

2008-07-09 00:00:10

By ALLAN TUDOR Paignton Zoo's new curator of plants and gardens is globe- trotting Kevin Frediani, who is returning to his Devon roots. Kevin, who has spent the last two years at the Amsterdam Botanical Gardens in the Netherlands, grew up in Ashburton. Returning to Devon means a lot to him. He says: "I've achieved many wonderful professional objectives over the years but this is where I began my career in horticulture and found my passion for plants, so it's where I feel at home....

2008-06-29 06:02:19

By Anonymous Zoo horticulturists have celebrated the first national Plant Conservation Day with a series of public events last month. Zoos across the UK set up exhibits on 18 May to raise awareness of plant conservation and their related projects. Bristol Zoo Gardens head of horticulture Eddie Mole said: "It was really important to make the exhibits fun and interactive. They included a quiz about useful plants and a 'parsnips in peril' display about the endangered greater water parsnip...

2008-06-24 02:29:25

Paignton Probus Club members heard a talk by Catherine Mortimer, head gardener at Paignton Zoo, who spoke about the many types of plants housed at the botanical garden which provides the setting for Paignton's world famous. award-winning zoo. Plants are fundamental to the atmosphere and this is one of the reasons that Paignton Zoo is not just a zoological garden but also a botanical garden with many exotic species of flora. The warm climate in South West England allows the zoo to grow many...


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