Zoos and aquariums 

From a sample of the abundant wildlife of the country to a celebration of exotic animals and marine life from all over the world, the zoos and aquariums of Wales offer hands-on learning experiences. 

  • Tigers at Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay
    Tigers at Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay

    High above the coast town of Colwyn Bay, the Welsh Mountain Zoo is home to a Sumatran tiger and snow leopard, as well as chimpanzees, sea lions, penguins and birds of prey. The zoo has also been a longstanding haven for flora and fauna, featuring plants from Chile, Russia and the Himalayas.

    Find out more about the Welsh Mountain Zoo.

  • Monkey at Manor House Wildlife Park, Pembrokeshire
    Manor House Wildlife Park, Pembrokeshire by HuwNeath

    Set in 50 acres of Pembrokeshire countryside, Manor House attractions include rhino, Brazilian tapir, marmoset, zebra and many more. There is plenty of picnic space, a café with locally sourced snacks and a secure Hay-Play area.

    Find out more about Manor House Wildlife Park.

  • Meerkat at Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire

    Meerkat at Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire

    Folly Farm is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Pembrokeshire and its zoo is sometimes overlooked. The only giraffes in Wales are the headline act, but the zoo is full of unusual animals. There are over 50 different species, including bongo, fossa, turaco, Nile lechwe and capybara. 

    Find out more about Folly Zoo.

  • Tropical fish at Rhyl SeaQuarium

    Rhyl SeaQuarium, North Wales

     by Saberlynx

    Perched on the North Wales coastline, the seaquarium features the only walk through an underwater tunnel in Wales. The seabed stroll brings visitors close to sharks and rays, while other attractions include Ocean Falls Cascade, the Sea At Night and the Lethal reef, where some of the most poisonous creatures on the planet lurk.

    Search for more family attractions in Rhyl and Prestatyn

  • Little girl looking at fish at Anglesey Sea Zoo
    Anglesey Sea Zoo

    Featuring over 150 marine species from shark to seahorse, the sea zoo highlights the diversity of wildlife living off the coast of Wales. The zoo is also actively involved in a variety of conservation programmes, including the Dolphin Rescue Service and the Lobster Hatchery of Wales.

    Find out more about Anglesey Sea Zoo.

  • Butterfly at Pili Pala, Anglesey
    Butterfly at Pili Pala, Anglesey by The World of Maz

    A butterfly enclosure on the island of Anglesey is full of exotic flora and fauna, offering the opportunity for visitors to commune with a rich variety of butterflies in their colourful glory. You can also come up close and personal with snakes and lizards in a handling session. Fortunately, the tarantulas, scorpions and fire-bellied toads do not feature. A furrier range of attractions include rabbits, guinea pigs, pygmy goats and kune kune pigs.

    find out more about Pili Palas Nature World.

  • A hawk about to land on a boy's arm at the Welsh Hawking Centre, Barry

    Welsh Hawking Centre, Barry, Glamorgan

    A collection of 200 birds of prey across 25 acres of parkland in the Vale of Glamorgan, including Buzzard, Kestrel, Goshawk, Red Kite, Lanner Falcon and Savigny Eagle Owl. There is a daily flying demonstration, an adventure playground and the opportunity to see newborn chicks being nurtured at the biggest breeding centre for birds of prey in Britain.

    Find out more Welsh Hawking Centre.

  • Tree nymph at Magic of Life Butterfly House, Ceredigion

    Tree nymph at Magic of Life, Ceredigion

     by Rory Prior

    Located adjacent to the stunning Rheidiol Valley near Aberystwyth, over 80 different species of butterfly are displayed during the year. The tropical conditions of the butterfly house are the perfect environment for rare plants to thrive in the Magic of Life garden.

    Find out more about the Magic of Life Butterfly House.