Paignton Zoo

We went to Paignton Zoo. You probably guessed that from the title.

It’s a zoo, and it’s in Paignton. I hope you’re here for the photos, not the highly imaginative storytelling. We met this big fella at the entrance.

A gorilla sculpture at the entrance to Paignton Zoo.

I think we also met Rupert Murdoch there.

Other birds were available.

The real gorillas were a bit less colourful, but more impressive.

I was even more captivated to see a real live librarian, though. Ook. There was even a baby orang-utan with its mother.

We ventured into Lemur Wood, though I failed to get any decent photos of the lemurs, which is a shame, because I’m very fond of lemurs.

If I remember rightly, I didn’t really have the right lens with me for the zoo – we hadn’t planned to go, so I was a bit limited.

A few more photos…

A pano of the island of flamingoes at Paignton Zoo, put together with DoubleTake. Roughly done on purpose. It’s like doing a jigsaw puzzle when there are enough source photos.

There were baboons. Including baby baboons. Baby baboon, it’s a baby baboon. Now I have a song stuck in my head.

Slower critters were available too. Big tortoises.

Oh, ok, I did manage to get one photo of a lemur, but it’s pretty bad. Still showing it, though, because lemurs are awesome.

Another favourite for me – capybaras. Or possibly guinea pigs a bit closer than I thought. There’s no way to tell.

Capybaras are big and cute. Problem is, capybaras just look like big guinea pigs. So how can you tell if this is a capybara with a baby capybara, or if they just put a perfectly normal guinea pig in there to fool us. I can’t tell.

Zebras and Ostriches, together at last.

No, I’m not sure why I thought I should glom several photos together to make a big photo of an ostrich, but I did.

An ostrich. Maybe I liked the idea of making a pano (made using DoubleTake) out of a bunch of photos for the artistic effect, and to give more of an impression of movement and life to this animated creature. Or maybe I was just too lazy to change lenses. You decide.


There’s a reptile enclosure, too, with bitey things and sneks.

That’s followed by a tropical bird enclosure, and a desert area.

On the way out, we found even more exotic creatures.

One of the less exotic creatures at Paignton Zoo, but the cat only seemed to be visiting.

Published by pigpogm

I live in Tiverton, Devon, UK. I work at Cult Pens, an online pen shop, which is fun for a geek with a pen obsession. PigPog is my personal site, mainly for my photography.

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