Current Charity Projects
Snow Leopard Appeal
This project will involve the modernisation of our breeding facility for snow leopards where, in 2014, two youngsters were born and raised by the Welsh Mountain Zoo’s adult leopards, Otilia and Szechuan. The complete refurbishment, planned for completion in 2016, will include greatly enhanced and enriched facilities for the leopards and amazing nose to nose viewing through armoured glass for visitors. Funding support will enable further enhancements to the environment for this most beautiful and charismatic of species.
The WILD Centre
The Education Centre at the Welsh Mountain Zoo has been in place since the 1960’s. It was originally used as a museum full of animal artefacts which are still used today, along with some cuddly creatures, in its new use as an Education Centre.
Due to the age of the building it has come to a time where it needs to be replaced in order to meet the growing demands of the Zoo.
The new WILD Centre will be built in the same place as the current Education and Media Centre and will create a more up to date and practical space for learning and education.
Here Be Dragons
This will be a state of the art tropical house where, under an iconic dome, a wonderful array of tropical species including crocodiles, alligators and monitor lizards will represent planet earth’s modern day ‘dragons’ together with an array of smaller species. Visitors will experience and learn of the wonders of the tropical world before moving through to discover the wonders of Wales with its landscapes and wildlife. Scientist from Bangor University will display and demonstrate their world class scientific research and their quest for knowledge of the natural world. This will be the largest ever project undertaken at the Welsh Mountain Zoo. It will depend on major grant aid and public and corporate funding support, which it is hoped will enable a start by 2017.
We support a field conservation project in the Mangabe Forest region of Madagascar called ‘Madagasikara Voakajy’ which is dedicated to the conservation of native vertebrates and their habitats in Madagascar. This conservationfundraising project will also be match-funded with funds from the charity ‘Size of Wales’. This environmental charity aims to protect an area of tropical rainforest equal to the size of Wales and as the Zoo’s chosen area of Madagascar is eligible for their support, they have pledged to match any donations made from the zoo’s fundraising activities.
This project, started in 1989, is the Welsh Mountain Zoo’s longest running endeavour dedicated to the conservation of a single species: the red squirrel in the British Isles. The project includes captive breeding at the Zoo, the co-ordination of a UK-wide co-operative red squirrel breeding programme, research into methods of reintroduction to the wild and, in recent years, the impact of virus disease on red squirrel conservation. The reintroduction research at the Zoo was a key part of the successful re-establishment of red squirrels, carried out with conservation partners, on the island of Anglesey. All aspects of the Zoo’s red squirrel project are in need of funding support to help save this most iconic of British species.
The National Zoological Society of Wales rescues, cares for, rehabilitates and releases grey and common seals found around the Irish Sea coasts. Most are from North Wales, but sometimes they come from as far away as the Irish Republic, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.
The Zoo’s excellent record in the care of seals, going back to the early 1960s, has meant that the RSPCA brings seals to the Zoo for care and rehabilitation. This work was formalised in 1997 with the construction of the North Wales
Seal Rescue Centre at the Zoo. This custom built facility, with kitchen, intensive care units and two rehabilitation pools, was funded by two animal welfare organisations and public donation. This has been an excellent example of a co-operative partnership; different organisations working together for the benefit of the animals.