News Retailer Backs Campaign To Save Zoo



Retailer backs campaign to save zoo
25th June 2020

By Karen Pickwick

PetPlace managing director Sion Pritchard

PetPlace has joined forces with one of Wales’ most popular tourist attractions in a bid to save it from extinction.

The Welsh Mountain Zoo – the National Zoo of Wales – in Colwyn Bay is facing the biggest crisis in its 57-year history, with gates closed since March 22 due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

The zoo team has continued to provide care and support for more than 140 species, but with no revenue coming in is struggling to meet the site’s monthly running costs of more than £120,000, including food, heating and bedding.

The public continues to support the fundraising campaign and North Wales retailer PetPlace this week revealed how it will be helping the much-loved family attraction. 


Managing director Sion Pritchard said that, as a company dedicated to the health, happiness, and wellbeing of animals, it is only too happy to give its support.

“As well as donating our own branded food and using our buying team to source and supply them with specific products, we will be adding Welsh Mountain Zoo gift cards to our site and crediting 10% of each sale of these back to them for future purchases,” said Sion.

“The zoo staff have products and food they buy regularly so, with people wanting to donate, we have created a dedicated wish list page on our website identifying priority items. Again, 10% of all these sales will be credited to the zoo for future purchases.

“We will also be working with our suppliers to extend the time needed for payment from the zoo, will help with storage of perishable goods, ensure we provide free delivery of fresh stock to them as and when they require, and are looking at other ways we can ease the burden at this difficult time.


Sion says he lives locally and has been been visiting the Welsh Mountain Zoo since he was a child.

“It means a lot to me personally to be able to do something and, like many people, it would be devastating to see North Wales lose one of its greatest attractions.

“Thanks to everyone who has helped us put this together and donated to the cause – please continue to do so as the weeks and months ahead will still be challenging for them.

“I would particularly like to say a massive thanks to Ray Seager Scaffolding Services who have joined in supporting us. It’s great to see so many local businesses pulling together to help a worthwhile, local cause and it really shows the great community spirit we have in this region.”

Sion also paid tribute to PetPlace suppliers PureBed, which has already offered donations of products and additional support.

Jen Jesse, director of operations and administration at the zoo, thanked PetPlace for its efforts.

“We really appreciate the support shown to us by PetPlace,” she said. “We’ve been overwhelmed by contributions from businesses and individuals who have provided an overwhelming amount of support since we took the difficult decision to close our gates.

“We are currently planning our approach to reopening and managing the impact that covid-19 has had on the wider operation but look forward to making some positive announcements around dates very soon.”