Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

Our partnership with Paignton Zoo Environmental Park means you’ll benefit from an exciting blend of classroom-based and real-life activities as you progress through your programme.

Five key members of staff from the research team are part of our teaching staff plus keepers, staff from other departments and a member of the veterinary department. 

As a student, you’ll also be eligible to access the wider research and scientific learning of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT), and benefit from links to international research and conservation initiatives.

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

From the Savannah to the Tropics, gila monsters to giraffes, Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is home to more animals than anywhere in the South West. 

That makes it the perfect place to study the habits and habitats of a whole variety of creatures. 

As a University of Plymouth student, you’ll spend on average one day a week at the zoo studying the business and the way animals are fed, bred and cared for.

Find out more about Paignton Zoo and Environmental Park on their website.

Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT)

The WWCT is a registered education, scientific and conservation charity based around the South West that includes six zoos, nature reserves and habitats across the region.

The Trust funds regional conservation programmes across the world, helping species whose habitats face threats such as habitat destruction, the illegal wildlife trade, pollution, competition from introduced species and climate change. These currently include:

  • Nigeria – conservation education and monitoring the Omo-Shasha-Oluwa Forest, including forest elephant populations
  • Coastal East Africa – Aders’ duiker (critically endangered forest antelope)
  • Zimbabwe – community biodiversity monitoring; large mammal survey and monitoring; rhino management and capacity building
  • Highlands East Africa – forest antelope and amphibians
  • Vietnam – carnivores and pangolins
  • Sulawesi – studying and managing the critically endangered Sulawesi crested black macaque
  • South West England – studies include whitebeam trees, the declining Large Blue Butterfly and Cirl Bunting, and the threatened ecosystems of the White-clawed crayfish and Hazel dormice.

You also have the opportunity to contribute to research projects that academic staff are involved in.

Find out more about WWCT on their website.