The Welsh Mountain Zoo

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Set high on a hill over Colwyn Bay is the Welsh Mountain Zoo.

Our Review

 

This is a small zoo compared to some of the larger zoos (such as Chester or London), but that doesn’t make this zoo any less good.

There’s a whole range of animals, and with its layout, quite some time is needed to explore it all.

We’ve visited twice and found it great. Here are some of the highlights…

Animal Talks and Shows

There are a number of animal talks throughout the day. There are three however that are close together so that you can easily go from one to the other.

Talk 1 – Chimps

Head over to the chimp house for a talk on the chimps there. If you’re lucky you’ll see some interesting behaviour, especially when they are fed their treats.

When we visited the chips were fed outside directly after the talk, so head up to the viewing area.

The chimps feeding at the Welsh Mountain Zoo

The chimps feeding at the Welsh Mountain Zoo

Talk 2 – Birds and the Penguin Parade

After seeing the chimps are the birds of prey and penguin parade. Yep, they parade the penguins out of their enclosure right past you.

The penguin parade at the Welsh Mountain Zoo

The penguin parade at the Welsh Mountain Zoo

 

Talk 3 – Sea Lions

Once the penguins and birds have finished you can go right next door to see the Sea Lions.

The Sea Lion display at the Welsh Mountain Zoo

The Sea Lion display at the Welsh Mountain Zoo

More Animals

Brown bears play fighting at the Welsh Mountain Zoo

Brown bears play fighting at the Welsh Mountain Zoo

As you would expect, the Welsh Mountain Zoo has more than just Chips, Penguins, and Sea Lions.

There’s a whole load of animals, including some big cats (Snow Leopard and Bengal Tiger), and some very playful brown bears.

There are no very big animals like elephants, hippos, rhinos, or giraffes. Mind you, the steep winding road you drive up to get there could present a few challenges to getting those really large animals to the zoo.

The Bengal Tiger sleeping at the Welsh Mountain Zoo

The Bengal Tiger sleeping at the Welsh Mountain Zoo

Other things worth mentioning

Hawk in flight at the Welsh Mountain Zoo

Hawk in flight at the Welsh Mountain Zoo

The clue is in the name: Mountain. This is not the steepest we’ve been to (Combe Martin still tops that), but if you have mobility issues then note that the zoo is not flat.

Also, the drive to the zoo can be steep. We approached via sat nav from the West, which took a narrow winding road (thanks sat nav, now we know why there were no zoo signposts on that route). Approaching from the East is better.

Compared to other zoos the entrance price is much more reasonable.

How to get here

Here’s where you can find The Welsh Mountain Zoo.

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