Stall order - art in the lavatory at Paignton Zoo

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(Last Updated On: May 16, 2016)

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is known for its peafowl, for its conservation work – and now, for its toilet doors.

Cubicles in the entrance building have been refurbished with some striking graphics that combine style with substance – and just a little bit of lavatory humour…

Paignton Zoo’s Marketing Managers Kat Sobey: “The back end of one animal is on one cubicle door and the front half of another on the next, so that when the doors are shut they make an unlikely hybrid beast. And each door features a fun fact, many related to poo or pee or food.”

One door tells us that “snakes go to the toilet anything between once a week and once every two months”. Another says “lions mark their territory by spraying urine” – though this is not an invitation to the user to do the same…

Paignton Zoo’s marketing, front of house and maintenance staff worked on the brief together, while the visuals were created by design agency Design79, based in Cornwall, and the doors themselves were provided and installed by Cubicle Systems of Hampshire.

Facilities Manager Adi Board said: “I’m really pleased with how they turned out. We would like to do more toilet doors, perhaps one facility per financial year. The restaurant or Jungle Fun could be next.”

Kat added: “We wanted a fresh new look for our visitor toilets – something that would be fun and appealing to both adults and children. And we wanted it delivered through cheerful bright colours, fun facts and a quirky animal collage.” Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is a registered charity. For more information go to or ring 01803 697500.



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