About us

About us

The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust is a registered education, scientific and conservation charity established in 1957 and based in Devon, UK.

WWCT owns three zoos, two local nature reserves and a National Nature Reserve. We are also active at home and abroad working directly and with partner organisations to conserve species and their habitats.

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

More than eighty years of inspiring people to protect wildlife; breeding species such as Sumatran tigers and Asiatic lions; and saving interrupted brome and other plant species from extinction.

Living Coasts

The UK's only coastal zoo dedicated to protecting the marine environment and marine and coastal species across the world.

Newquay Zoo

Committed to conservation, working hard to preserve the world's wildlife. Successful breeding programmes of rare and endangered species put this zoo firmly on the ecological map.

Primley Park

The magnificent woodland, that is open to public, is known for its stunning trees including many splendid beeches more than 150 years old.

Clennon Gorge

Rare limestone grassland and valuable ancient woodland designated a County Wildlife Site. This important habitat is a haven for greater and lesser horseshoe bats.

Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve

A stunning, rare and internationally important wetland site, home to the Cetti's warbler and the only UK site for strapwort.