Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust

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Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT) is a registered charity,[1] set up to run Paignton Zoo after the death of its founder, Herbert Whitley, who established the zoo on his estate at Primley, Torquay in Devon in the 1920s.

WWCT also owns runs several local nature reserves in Devon, including Slapton Ley. Since 2003 it has owned and operated Newquay Zoo and Living Coasts.

Whitley Trust zoos have been recognised for sustainable tourism and was one of the first groups of British zoos to gain an ISO 14001 certificate for its environmental management systems. along with a recent Gold award for GTBS Green Tourism Business Scheme for Newquay Zoo.

All three of the Trust zoos works within the BIAZA, EAZA and WAZA zoo networks in Britain, Europe and the World as well as having ex-situ conservation links overseas.

The WWCT Mission Statement, environmental and other policies are shared between all three sites and some can be viwed on the zoo websites. Recent WWCT Annual Reviews are also available online.


Details of individual animals and overseas conservation projects can be found on each of the zoo websites.


Details of individual trustees can be found on the Paignton Zoo website.


2003 - August 14, Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust purchased Newquay Zoo to operate this as part of the charitable trust with Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts.


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