Paignton Zoo is a star attraction in the West Country. Near to the famous seaside resort of Torquay, the zoo has a number of must-not-miss experience days for all animal-lovers.

Experience days at Paignton Zoo include:

  • Zookeeper for a day
  • Meerkats
  • Feeding giraffes
  • Rhino experience – handfeed two black rhinos
  • Giant Tortoises
  • Tapirs, better known as ‘tickle a tapir!’
  • Vet experience

The last experience on the list is a very special day that you won’t find in many other zoos – on the vet experience¬†you can shadow a zoo vet on their rounds, checking up on and treating zoo animals of all kinds. Of course the animals you’ll be interacting with will depend on who needs treating at the time, but you’re guaranteed to get hands on with several different exotic species. The minimum age for this vet experience is 16 years old.

The zoo also runs a nice zookeeper for a day experience, where you can spend 20-30 minutes each with mammals, birds, reptiles and primates, with a tea break and a nice lunch in the Island restaurant. It’s always a bit of a lottery which animals you’re going to get on zookeeper days, but they seem to have most bases covered with this experience.

The other experiences are self explanatory, including the bizarrely popular tapir experiences where you can get your hands on an itchy tapir and scratch it’s weird waxy hair. Since when did tickling tapirs become a thing? You could never tickle tapirs when we were growing up!

Anyway,all these experience days get bonus points from Experiencey because entry into the park is included in the price of a voucher, so you won’t need too pay extra to get in.

Experiencey top tip

To find out if an experience is available for a specific date, you can call 01803 697508 before completing your booking. Oh, and the zoo is a bit hilly so make sure you take your walking boots!


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