About the Zoo

Newquay Zoo combining family fun, education and conservation

As well as being a great family day out, Newquay Zoo is an education, research and conservation charity which is dedicated to protecting global wildlife heritage. We hope to inspire a life long respect for animals and the environment amongst our many visitors.

Newquay Zoo was first opened in 1969, run by Restormal Council until 1994 when it was purchased and privately owned by Mike Thomas.  After establishing the Zoo as a premier visitor attraction, he sold it in August 2003 to the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT),  a Devon based charity which also owns Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts in Torquay,  as well as a number of nature reserves.

The Zoo is proud to support  overseas conservation programmes, helping conserve endangered species including red fronted macaws, pangolins and sloths.  The Zoo also runs a highly successful breeding programme, so you may see baby animals on your visit..

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What You Say

The CafĂ© Lemur's food is really good, and the staff are really helpful, nothing is too much trouble. The portion sizes are great too!. 
Harriet, Devon
We were so pleasantly surprised by how lovely this zoo is. Well cared for animals and a great selection in appealing surroundings. Well done! 
Liz, Torquay
Very impressed with Newquay Zoo - a very enjoyable day out for our entire family, including our 90 year old grandfather who said it was the best Zoo he has ever been to. Thanks for a wonderful time. 
Gemma, St Austell