Devon’s Fun and Educational Coastal Zoo
One of the most beloved spots in Devon is the seaside town of Torquay. This area is a perfect spot for being by the open waters and has many nature spots all around it making it ideal for wildlife lovers who are hoping to check out some animals that the rest of the UK won’t have. Much of this comes from its adjacent sea life in Torbay where seals show pop up their heads often to the delight of onlookers. If you want to see lots of animals however your best bet is to visit some of the towns sanctuaries and reserves which include The Living Coasts.
Here you get the best of what a zoo has to offer and the wonder of the waters as they also have a huge aquarium. The Living Coasts isn’t the same as many other zoos you may have visited, firstly because it is a coastal one, meaning that it sits right on the edge of the land putting them in a prime spot for anything sea related. Secondly the team here are very proactive about the environment and the animals within it, since they have such great proximity they have fantastic knowledge about what the natural habitat is like and endeavour not only to teach you, put their knowledge into practice but also to preserve it. Being responsible is part of their identity and they work alongside the other zoos in the area, Paignton and Newquay, to share knowledge and resources.
All this is well and good but what does it mean for your visit? Well as far as viewing animals goes you will be at a prime location to see much all of the sea life you would spot in Newquay and more. With seals aplenty, otters and penguins, there selection of loveable creatures is highly desirable. What’s great about these is that for future keepers there are experiences available where you can do everything from feeding the animals, diving with them or gaining access to their enclosures and caring for them for a few hours.
These aren’t the only fauna here however, in their aquarium areas they have hundreds of fish and underwater life including rays, molluscs and even a dedicated octopus’ area. Outside you will see a great selection of birds, some of which are local to the area and others from further afield. Luckily, they are well versed in the unpredictability of British weather so you will be glad to know that many features are indoors making this place an all-weather attraction, so the rain won’t catch you off guard.
Of course, all of this comes with a refreshments area where you can snack and grab a drink, their gift shop is also bursting with plush toys of all your favourite animals and a wide range of memorable souvenirs. On top of this if you really want to help out there are options for you to adopt some of the animals you see here, or if you really want to get stuck in immedietly you can help their clean up teams rid the coast of litter. The Living Coasts is a more than just a day out, it is a smart, forward thinking space for animal lovers of all ages.