You will find us in Borth, West Wales on the Cardigan Bay coast just north of Aberystwyth.
We are open daily, all year round. 10.00 - 6.00 April - October
11.00 - 4.00 November - end March
We are very disabled friendly with level concrete paths to all exhibits, or gentle wooden slopes. There is a Disabled toilet, and no stairs within the Zoo boundary. Wheelchairs and pushchairs can get to all parts, and there is a Wheelchair for loan.
The Animalarium is situated just outside the pretty seaside town of Borth, near Aberystwyth in mid Wales.
There is an excellent bus service from the surrounding towns to Borth and the Animalarium. Borth has its own Railway station only a short walk away from the Animalarium. We have a FREE car park. Click here for map.
We home unwanted exotic Pets
Many of our animals are unwanted pets, as exotic animals may be purchased impulsively as pets and then grow too large or too dangerous to keep. The owner may have a change of circumstance, such as leaving home, go to University, get married, become ill, get divorced, etc.
Parrots, tortoises and Iguana are very long lived, some snakes grow very quickly, Terrapins outgrow their tanks etc. Even our Ocelot and Leopard were pets that got too dangerous.
We also take animals from pet shops & zoos when they can no longer keep them, Dana the Squirrel monkey and Uncle the Caiman came from pet shops. Elvis the Skunk is our latest acquisition, he became an unwanted pet. The owner had quite a problem re-homing him! We also take animals the RSPCA, Reptile rescue centres and animals found abandoned (snakes and ferrets) or injured wild animals (after they have received veterinary attention).
Nilly the Eurasian Lynx was bred to sell as a pet, her two brothers sold but she did not, so she was donated to us from the breeder. She was hand reared so is very tame. She lived in our house for the first year, walking down to the Zoo on a lead every day and returning at night to sleep in the house. When she was two years old she moved into the Zoo as our living room was not big enough for her!
Signs are displayed around the zoo reccommending that you wash your hands after feeding or petting animals. All animals may carry bacteria to which you may not be immune, especially if you are particularly vulnerable.
Vulnerable people include the very old, the very young, the sick, and those people who do not normally have contact with animals e.g. no pets at home.
Hand sanitizers are available by the pony rides, reptile house and petting barn. It is also very important to wash your hands before touching snakes as they are vulnerable to bacteria carried on human hands. Also before animal interactions.
Zoo Licence and Insurance
We have a current zoo licence and are inspected by the zoo inspectors and by the local council inspectors. Our last inspection was on 20th August 2013. We also have a pet shop license as we sell pet Rabbits, Guinea Pigs etc. and we are also inspected for that.
We have public liability and employers liability insurance.