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Newquay Zoo

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Newquay Zoo started its life as a seasonal attraction in the 1950s in the nearby Trenance Gardens. It relocated to its current home in 1969, and has been flourishing ever since.

Conservation has long been important to Newquay Zoo. As well as being involved in many successful breeding programmes, the zoo is also leading a project to help Newquay become a Sustainable Palm Oil Town.


Not only can you find well-loved animals such as Humboldt penguins and ring-tailed lemurs at Newquay Zoo, but it is also home to some of the world’s rarest species, including the Javan green magpie.

Around 50 of the species at Newquay Zoo are on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, which classifies species at high risk of extinction. Many of these vulnerable species are also part of breeding programmes to help boost population numbers.


Newquay Zoo home to hundreds of weird and wonderful animals, but it is also a lush sub-tropical garden full of beautiful plants from around the world. The Oriental Garden is full of beautiful acers and azaleas, while the Tropical House is full of lush rainforest plants.


Newquay Zoo has formed a revolutionary partnership with St Austell College (now part of Cornwall College). This partnership has brought about the creation of a bespoke educational facility, located next to Newquay Zoo, in which a range of zoology-based courses are taught. The facility offers opportunities for both further and higher education, and staff at Newquay help to deliver the courses.

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Carbon Footprint

We are constantly reviewing our practices to find better ways of reducing our impact and working more sustainably. To help us do this, we have adopted an Environment Management System that has been certified to the internationally-recognised ISO 14001 standard. From heat pumps and biomass boilers, to living roofs and solar heaters, we aim to lead by example.

We are particularly passionate about eliminating single-use plastic. In 2017, we stopped selling single-use plastic bottles in both of our zoos and we work with suppliers to use biodegradable and recycled plastic elsewhere too. We also work with the local community to raise awareness about alternatives to single-use plastics.