Welsh Mountain Zoo
|Location||Colwyn Bay, Conwy County, Wales|
|Land area||37 acres (15 ha)|
The Welsh Mountain Zoo, is a zoological garden located near the town of Colwyn Bay in Conwy County, Wales. The zoo was opened on 18 May 1963 by the wildlife enthusiast and naturalist Robert Jackson. The zoo covers an area of 37 acres (15 ha).
After the Zoological Society of Wales was formed in 1983 to manage the interests and operation of the zoo, its development programme led to the creation of the following features:
- Jungle Adventureland (completed 1986)
- European Otter Enclosure (1987)
- Chimpanzee World and Chimp Encounter (1990)
- Children's Farm (1990)
- Bear Falls (1996)
- Golden Eagles (1999)
- Sea Lion Rock (2006)
- Condor Haven (2007)
- Lemur Walkthrough (2012)
- Red Pandas & Otters (Prytherch Himalayan Terraces) (2013)
- Gibbon Heights (2014)
- Wallaby Enclosure (Under Development)
2006 - The arrival of a pair of endangered snow leopards and the breeding of the very first Bactrian camel in Wales followed. Caracaras have now been placed in the old condor aviary. Margay are another recent addition to the collection.
The zoo's next development project is the construction of a new tropical house for reptiles and new alligator facilities. Work began in 2007 with the demolition of the old tortoise and cactus house.