Newquay Zoo is a conservation and education charity and part of a group of zoos and charities called Wild Planet Trust.
Newquay Zoo first opened its doors back in 1969, when it was run by Restormel Council. In 1994 the Zoo was purchased and privately owned by Mike Thomas, who established it as a premier visitor attraction. Bringing us forward to current day, Wild Planet Trust, a Devon based charity which also owns Paignton Zoo in Devon and a number of nature reserves, took over Newquay Zoo back in 2003.
Today, Newquay Zoo is known for being a great family visit for all, where you can explore and discover some of the world’s most endangered animals. As well as this, we are also an education, research and conservation charity with the vision of achieving a world rich in wildlife, and wild places. We strive to conserve species and habitats, and to inspire and empower people to help in the fight to protect wildlife.
We are proud to support overseas conservation programmes, helping to conserve endangered species such as the Owston’s civet. The Zoo also partakes in multiple campaigns including supporting the use of sustainable palm oil, saying no to single use plastics and supporting the Marine Conservation Society in choosing sustainably sourced fish. On your next visit see if you can spot the success stories of some of our breeding programmes. Previous include, Carpathian lynx, Owston’s civets and Visayan warty pigs.
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