Cornwall LivingIssue #86

A golden achievement

Join Newquay Zoo this May as it celebrates 50 years of invaluable research and conservation.

Newquay Zoo, located on Cornwall’s north coast, is part of the Wild Planet Trust. The organisation began as a small petting zoo, but has evolved into a conservation, research and education charity dedicated to the protection of animals, plants and their environment, both locally and across the globe. Animals that used to live at the zoo include sea lions, bears and leopards, as well as camels, caiman and bison.

“take a stroll down memory lane with the zoo’s eye-opening 50th anniversary exhibition”

This year is a very special year for Newquay Zoo, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary on Sunday 26th May! To commemorate such a significant occasion, the team is throwing a very special celebration party on the day from 10am until 5pm, and you’re all invited!

Expect 60s-themed live music, giant games, activities, face painting, a barbeque, themed enrichment for the animals, special talks and more – an event that’s most certainly not to be missed.

At the party you can take a stroll down memory lane with the zoo’s eye-opening 50th anniversary exhibition. This will lead you through the organisation’s unique journey over the past five decades, plus, you can pick up a free ‘Then and Now’ trail to discover just how much the zoo has changed over the years. Did you know, sea lions used to live in the penguin pool and the penguins could be found where the meerkats now live?

In addition to these exciting 50th birthday activities, Newquay Zoo is proud to be launching Ring Tail Ale, brewed by Keltek Cornish Brewery. This will be available at pubs in the area and, for every pint or bottle sold, the brewery will donate 10p, so you can raise a glass knowing that you’re also raising money for a very worthy cause.

So, if you’re still planning your itinerary for the late May bank holiday weekend, be sure to set Sunday aside and come along to this most special of days, where you can join the Newquay Zoo team in making memories to last the next 50 years.


Newquay Zoo

01637 873342

"take a stroll down memory lane with the zoo’s eye-opening 50th anniversary exhibition"