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Attractions, South West England, United Kingdom, Zoos

Living Coasts

Living Coasts, Beacon Hill, Torquay, United Kingdom

01803 202470

www.livingcoasts.org.uk

Living Coasts in Torquay, run by the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, is the best in Europe for breeding a number of key species including African penguins, blue spotted stingrays and Inca terns, for which the attraction manages the European studbook (advising other zoos on husbandry techniques, arranging moves between zoos and giving guidance on breeding).

The highlights of a visit must be walking with the free-ranging penguins, but there’s also the fascinating aquarium species – and the water-side cafe.

Opened in 2003, this coastal zoo also houses wading birds, puffins and fur seals, along with an underground mangrove forest.

The attraction campaigns on local marine conservation issues and supports work with penguins and bank cormorants in southern Africa, as well as being part of several breeding programmes for endangered species.

Living Coasts offers a number of special experiences, including the unique chance to dive with penguins. You can also do a penguin feed or an aquarium feed, an aquarist experience, keeper experience or junior keeper experience.

The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust also owns Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall.

Living Coasts

Living Coasts, Beacon Hill, Torquay, United Kingdom

Living Coasts in Torquay, run by the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, is the best in Europe for breeding a number of key species including African penguins, blue spotted stingrays and Inca terns, for which the attraction manages the European studbook.

Wildlife you might see at Living Coasts

Asian Short-Clawed Otter

Lives in swamps and wetlands. Its paws are a distinctive feature, its claws not extending beyond the fleshy end pads…

Black Southern Ray

Large stingray species with a broad distribution in the mild waters of the southern hemisphere. Known to investigate divers and…

Clownfish

Recognised by three white lines across their bright orange bodies. All clownfish are born male. Can irreversibly switch sex to…

Gentoo Penguin

Tall penguin with a white triangular patch above the eye, breeding on subantarctic islands. The fastest underwater swimming penguins, living…

African Penguin

Also widely known as the "jackass" penguin for its donkey-like bray. Like all penguins it is flightless, with a streamlined…

Tufted Puffin

A medium-sized seabird recognised for its thick red bill and yellow turfs, is found throughout the North Pacific Ocean. It…

South American Fur Seal

It has a dark grey coat of fur and a total population of around 250,000, which has seen a gradual…

Common Octopus

A cephalopod mollusc with eight sucker-bearing arms, a soft sac-like body, and no internal shell. Typically found in tropical waters,…

White Spotted Pufferfish

A medium-sized puffer fish, light grey in colour with small white spots. Nocturnal, solitary and aggressively territorial, their habitat types…

Blue Spotted Ray

Generally found in Indonesia to Japan, and south to Northern Australia, they prey on many fish and small mollusks, but…

Inca Tern

A seabird in the Sternidae family, and only member of the genus Larosterna. It is identified by its dark grey…

Family and group offers at Living Coasts

Families

Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are available.

Groups

Groups are welcome all year round with discounted entry prices. 
Coach drop-off point.
Free entry and meal for the driver.
Familiarisation visits available.

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