Facts & Figures

Here is some information regarding facts & figures at Newquay Zoo.

  • Number of full-time equivalent employees (2021): 48 (raising to 66 in peak season)
  • Area of zoo site: about 13 acres
  • Animals in collection (as of May 2021): 1,143
    • 155 mammals
    • 338 birds
    • 650 lower vertebrates and invertebrates
  • Animal species in current collection: 121
  • Animal species classified on the IUCN Red List: 40 in total
  • Animal species involved in breeding programmes (EEP, ESB and SSP): 44

We’re proud to have a long history of conservation work within the UK, with past and present projects including:

  • Seagrass – working with the Community Seagrass Initiative (CSI) and Valeport to preserve Torbay’s seagrass meadows
  • Hazel dormice – helping to reintroduce this popular native mammal to suitable areas
  • Strapwort – the only place it is found in the UK is at Wild Planet Trust’s Slapton Ley – now also at Loe Pool in Cornwall, in partnership with the National Trust
  • Sorbus – research and conservation of Devon endemic whitebeam trees
  • South West white-clawed crayfish project – rearing populations of this species at the zoo before release back to the wild
  • Managing our zoo sites for native wildlife

Our conservation work also has a global reach within other countries, with past and present projects including:

  • Omo Forest, Nigeria – saving forest elephants and environmental education
  • Dambari Wildlife Trust, Zimbabwe – conserving the unique Matobo Hills, home to rhinos, zebras and antelopes
  • Uzungwa Scarp, Tanzania – antelope and amphibian research and conservation, alongside the Tanzanian Forest Service Agency (TFS)
  • Sulawesi, Indonesia – working with Selamatkan Yaki to conserve Sulawesi crested macaques
  • Vietnam – working closely with conservation partner Save Vietnam’s Wildlife, to protect Owston’s civets

Zoo facts!

Newquay Zoo was the founding zoo to hold Owston’s civets in captivity and today are one of only four zoos in Europe which hold them

The annual food bill for the animals is in the region of £80,000

The daily running cost for the zoo is £5,000