Shaldon Wildlife Trust is a unique visitor attraction in South Devon. They are the smallest member ot the British and European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, and have a collection of smaller animals. But combined with a fantastic location on the coastline overlooking the Teign estuary, the zoo offers a unique and peaceful acre of woodland to explore.
Visiting to the Zoo
Shaldon Wildlife Trust sits above the picture postcard of Shaldon overlooking the River Teign Estuary and Teignmouth on the opposite bank.
Walking from the village centre is possible, along the estuary and up to the Ness Car Park which has some views and photo opportunities along the Devon coastline. The car park is adjacent and while there is a charge for using it, there are plenty of spaces and a grass area for picnics overlooking the estuary.
The entrance is next to the tunnels which lead to Ness Beach, one of the hidden gems of South Devon.
At the Zoo
The location of Shaldon Wildlife Trust really adds to the visitor experience, away of the main roads, and in a coastal, cliff top location. You feel removed from the hustle and bustle of the popular tourist centres in South Devon in a more intimate location. The range of animals does not match that of Paignton Zoo for example but that is not the aim of the park, rather they look to create an environment where visitors can relax and enjoy a few hours learning about the animals.
This is not to understate the collection of animals at the zoo, which include the madagascan jumping rat, lemurs, a number of breeds of monkeys as well as birds and reptiles.
Visite Shaldon Wildlife Trust’s website to find out more.