Thousands join zoo for on-line lessons

Picture of Paignton Zoo worker giving video interview

On line: Matthew Lewis, Education Development Coordinator at Paignton Zoo - Credit: Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo has been overjoyed with the level of response they have received from their online lessons designed to aid teachers and parents with home schooling.  

As they remain closed and unable to welcome school groups to the zoo, they have decided to help bring the zoo to school pupils in the form of interactive virtual lessons.  

They first launched a teaser campaign on Facebook in early January to notify their followers of the upcoming lesson and were amazed that this was seen by nearly 3.5 million people and attracted over 6,000 comments.  

 Ollie Newton-Browne, Digital Content Production Assistant, said: “As a conservation and education charity, we wanted to help support the learning of students in any way that we can.” 

The next lesson, looking at rainforests, will be on Friday  February 12 at 11am. For more information visit their Facebook page or website at

 The first lesson was filmed in Crocodile Swamp and was aired on Friday January 15. Some 20,000 parents and schools logged into Microsoft Teams.