ENGLAND: Devon – Paignton Zoo

Totnes Road, Paignton TQ4 7EU

t 01803 697500


Paignton Zoo
Photograph courtesy of Paignton Zoo

The Collection

Paignton Zoo is a joint botanical and zoological gardens that is home to a large number of animal and plant species from around the world. The collection includes two tropical glasshouses and a large number of tender species that thrive in the mild Devon climate.

Arid species are currently displayed in the Desert House, which is a large unheated glasshouse that is also a free-flying bird exhibit. Unfortunately, the birds sometime take a liking to the plants! The plant collection within the Desert House is undergoing a long-term change to an Australian theme.

Current cactus genera include: Echinocactus, Cleistocactus, Oreocereus, Opuntia, Selenicereus, and Trichocereus. Succulent genera include: Agave, Aloe, Beaucarnea, Dasylirion, Euphorbia, Furcraea, Gasteria, and Yucca.

Nearest BCSS Branch

Exeter: www.exeter.bcss.org.uk

Meetings are held in Woodbury. Please see the Branch website for meeting dates and programme.

A Member’s View

Worth a visit is you are planning a trip to the zoo itself but not just for the cacti and succulents.

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