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The Welsh Mountain Zoo near the sleepy Welsh town of Colwyn Bay, was opened in May 1963 by wildlife enthusiast Robert Jackson, and it has been constantly added to and improved over the subsequent decades. Among the many attractions on offer are the fun bear falls, fascinating red pandas and family of otters, the cheeky gibbons and magical snow leopards.
Check out the Lemur Lookout with a walk through the enclosure, open at certain times of the year. It is the first of its kind in North Wales and gives you an opportunity to get within meters of these rare, elusive and fascinating creatures. There are two species of lemurs in the enclosure with two red-fronted lemurs and 8 ring tailed lemurs living together. When the walk through is closed you can still see them from the windows inside, or great view points around the outside pad.
Sea Lion Rock is one of the most popular attractions at the zoo and is a super fun splash-tastic home to the zoo’s Californian sea lions. The ultra modern home has loads of room for them to dip, dive, chase each other and show off their amazing tricks! Visit them during the daily exercise sessions with the keepers, enjoy the water sports, learn how the keepers carry out health and flipper inspections and have fun with ball sports too!
The zoo is taking part in the Love Your Zoo Week, starting on 28th May and finishing 5th June. The week is organise by BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) every year, its aim is to educate people the reason why we have zoos and the importance in conservation, and to try to encourage people to support them in any way we can. The Welsh Mountain Zoo will be running fun craft activities and a brilliant trail throughout to support the week.
During the summer holidays the zoo will also be holding Year of Adventure themed weeks, and are planning on continent themed events, so keep checking their website and Facebook for more information on that!
The Zoo also offer full day activities, such as be a keeper for a day where you will spend your time feeding, mucking out and meeting the fascinating creatures and animals on offer, as well as learning what it really takes to be a zoo keeper!
Alternatively, you could book an animal encounter and revel in the special opportunity to feed and learn about certain animals. This is a sure fire way to enhance your visit, enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of your chosen animal, a trained keeper will be with you at all times to help and answer any burning questions you may have. Get up close and personal with the meerkats, Humboldt penguins, primates, sea lions and even the snow leopards.
The zoo is currently running a mini-bus from Colwyn Bay train station, from March 2016 until September 2016. It is on a continuous loop all day, so the wait should only be around 30 minutes to and from the station. So why not pay a visit to The Welsh Mountain Zoo? Train stations are easily accessible from both our own Talacre Beach Holiday Home Park and New Pines Holiday Home Park for a fun family day out!
And why not adopt an animal, get a fancy plaque in the enclosure, fun letters and pictures of your new family member, and help conservation in the process?
Happy Adventuring Ladies and Gents!
Photo Credits: Matt Rimmer