Paignton Zoo is commemorating its 100th birthday

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Opening a new exhibit, Paignton Zoo is celebrating its 100th birthday.

The Devon zoo, originally known as Torbay Zoological Gardens, opened its doors for the first time in July 1923.

Family-friendly events, such as storytelling sessions and animal talks, are being held on Saturday and Sunday to commemorate the anniversary.

A zoo spokesperson announced that a new exhibit would be unveiled to commemorate the centenary on Saturday at 11:00 BST.

The exhibit examines the zoo's evolution over the course of its history.

Herbert Whitley established the zoo and kept a sizable private collection of animals and plants before inviting the public inside.

Whitley died in 1955, and since then Paignton Zoo has continued to grow and change into the location it is today, the zoo said. The zoo has a new mission to inspire, educate, and protect endangered species.

"Despite significant change over the past 100 years, the Paignton Zoo's original mission to educate visitors still holds true today as it did in 1923.

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