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“Mixed thoughts....”
Review of Welsh Mountain Zoo

Welsh Mountain Zoo
Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Colwyn Bay
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This conservation zoo has a wide range of rare and endangered animals from around the world.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Visits to zoos fall generally into two categories....one is where all of the animals are all well looked after and it feels their zoo home is genuinely a better place than where they were before (Monkey World in Dorset is a good example). WMZ falls into the second category where whilst the animals are well looked after the overall impression of the zoo is feeling a bit unloved with some of the animals in too small enclosures where they are forced to pace (tiger and bears in particular). Much of the zoo feels a little run down and there are a couple of shows (chimps and sealions) that are little more than a Victorian sideshow with chimps banging on a glass wall to be fed and sealions being 'trained'. Despite there being several references to 'enrichment' it felt like there was very little of this going on and many of the enclosures just felt a little too small for the animals.

In the Safari Café you are greeted by an overwhelming smell of chip fat and grease where you can choose the widest variety of chip-based meals and snacks that I have ever seen. A pre-packaged cake was out of date by several weeks and whilst this was refunded and exchanged immediately this experience added to the overall feeling that the whole of WMZ is just a little run down.

Thank TimParry
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Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

7 of us visited the zoo on a short break to Llandudno. As soon as you drive in you can see brown bears and see how well kept they are, you can tell from their condition and mannerisms that they are happy in their environment! This continued throughout the penguin walk was most funny, falconry display very informative, the seals fantastic, chimps, camels, tigers, snow leopards.....and Our favourite getting up close and personal on the walk with lemurs were all fantastic! this zoo is very special and the best I've visited mainly because the animals are well kept, in excellent condition and obviously very happy!! Plus the views are brilliant! Mountains and rolling countryside and costal seaside of Colwyn Bay to the other! The homemade food in the cafe is excellent too and at a reasonable price (though drinks are a little pricey at £1.75 for a coke and £2.00ish for a hot drink) be prepared for steep pathways particularly on the woodland walk- as this is a mountain zoo!! All in all well worth a visit!! Will come again!

Thank shazzawest1
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Such an asset to colwyn bay, beautiful gardens and such caring staff. Well worth a visit even if its just for the adventure playground!!!

Thank Clair R
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the welsh mountain zoo, it can be difficult for people with wheelchairs (hence the name mountain) but the cafe areas and the educational talks were great.
Animal enclosures and interaction were the best i have seen at a zoo

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Thank WrexhamMark
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

We visited the welsh mountain zoo while on a short break in Llandudno. We had a really lovely day at welsh mountain zoo. The zoo was in a great location and the price is reasonable for the size and activities in the zoo. There was such a wide variety of brilliant animals in the zoo from meerkats to Tigers. The sea lions show was also brilliant, the zoo keeper got them out and went through tricks and check ups with them and was a really enjoyable show. The zoo is a good size and takes a good while to walk round. It didn't affect us but all I can say is it is not pushchair or disabled friendly it is all hilly due to the location and muddy as it not footpaths it is woodland walks. This for us made the experience more enjoyable for us as the woodland walk was great with fantastic views. this is a perfect attraction for kids of all ages and for young and old couples.
great day great zoo.

Thank angiebabe10
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