THE Welsh Mountain Zoo has re-opened its gates after a four-moth closure.

The Colwyn Bay attraction welcomed visitors back on July 13.

The zoo shut on March 22 in response to Covid-19.

Jen Jesse, director of operations and administration at the zoo, said: "We were delighted to be able to welcome our first visitors back to the zoo on Monday.

"There is no doubt that these past months have been challenging and there is a long road ahead of us with losses of over £700,000 over the last three months. However, to see the smiling faces of visitors arriving through our gates yesterday was so pleasing for the whole team.

"Our friends and supporters have been truly amazing throughout this period and we are so humbled by the efforts they have gone to, to support us.

"We look forward to welcoming so many more visitors back in the coming weeks."

The zoo, who have been accredited with the “Good to Go” industry standard kitemark, meaning all Government Guidelines have been adhered to, has an online booking system.

All visits to the zoo must be booked at least 24 hours in advance at

There is a one-way route in place around some parts of the site to aid social distancing.

Floor markings demarcate distances between visitors and staff will be monitoring distances where queuing is anticipated.

Protective screening is in place at contact points. There is also hand sanitising stations.

Indoor areas are closed and displays and presentations have been temporarily suspended.

Jen added: “We’re sure that all of our visitors will pull together and practise social distancing, as well as other measures introduced to ensure we all benefit from a safe and enjoyable experience.”

The zoo struggled financially during the pandemic and voiced 'real concerns' about the survival of the attraction.

The Welsh Mountain Zoo is home to more than 140 species and more than 50 years, the site has undertaken the rescue and rehabilitation of grey and harbour seals.