Environmental Management Strategy

Here at Dartmoor Zoo we work hard to ensure that the development and daily running of the zoo do not have an adverse effect on the beautiful woodland environment surrounding it.

The zoo’s official EMS can be found here but we have many objectives in place to ensure that our environmental impact is kept to a minimum.



Bore hole

Here at DZP we are not connected to the main water grid. Instead, we have a bore hole that we pump water from that supplies the whole zoo, including our exhibits that contain large moats such as the otter pond and tiger enclosure, reducing the impact on local resources.

Low flush toilets

In your home the toilet is the biggest user of water, (5,000l/yr), so to reduce the amount of water we use at the zoo we reduce the amount of water in the cistern by placing cistern hippos which displace the water thus using less water with every flush.

Collecting rain water

We are currently in the process of installing rainwater collectors to fill moats reducing the need of bore hole water.



Zero Landfill and Recycling

None of our restaurant waste ends up at landfill or incineration. We sort through the types of waste on site and separate it to ensure it goes to the right place and is dealt with appropriately. We recycle many cardboard boxes to the animal team who give them to the animals who always enjoy a new box to destroy.

Animal waste is managed on site and is turned into compost which our horticultural team then use around the zoo.

Portions in the restaurant are carefully worked out out to minimise food wastage.


We continually monitor the amount of wastage that is produced on site and are able to implement changes to policies to ensure wastage is kept to a minimum.

Staff are trained and understand the impact and importance of reducing wastage and reusing where possible.



Rocket mass heater

Our maintenance workshop and office is currently being heated by a rocket mass heater. It uses a sustainable source of fuel sourced locally and allows the large workspace to be heated efficiently reducing the need for fossil fuels from drawing from the national grid.

Compost heaters

Hot water in our keeper areas are heated using compost heaters. Microbes in compost heat water to an amazing 60oC reducing the need for energy from the main grid to heat the water conventionally.

Underfloor heating

In our keepers' office and vervet enclosures we use underfloor heating saving money on our electricity bills as less energy is needed to heat the room.

Staff training

All our staff are aware of our conservational aims and the impact we have on the environment so lights and equipment are turned off when not required and staff are encouraged to put forward new aims and initiatives that could help save more energy.



Encourage staff/volunteer car sharing

Here at DZP we are a friendly bunch and staff and volunteers are frequent car sharers.



We get our salad from "Grow4Good" who operate on site so carbon footprint is kept to a minimum and the money benefits their worthwhile charitable aims.

We order our restaurant supplies from local suppliers and buy in bulk to reduce miles.

We are striving to reduce the amount of palm oil used. Click here for more information about the effects of palm oil



Designated natural zones

Due to our amazing location on the edge of Dartmoor and in a lovely woodland area we have plenty of opportunities to encourage native wildlife. We have designated natural conservation zones where wild flowers and grasses are allowed to grow naturally which encourage butterflies and bees. We have over 50 species of bird on site and more are being spotted by our bird loving staff and members of the public during the annual bio-blitz.