A COLWYN Bay attraction secured high praise after an inspection.

The Welsh Mountain Zoo received glowing feedback from the official bodies under which it operates, after it took part in a successful government reinspection alongside a Visit Wales Quality Assurance Service (VAQAS) Assessment.

The zoo inspection is carried out once every three years during which time, a team of inspectors carry out a full day visit.

It considers aspects of public safety, animal welfare, and the zoo's performance in conservation and education, the visit saw the group travel throughout the site, visiting all enclosures and public facilities.

The inspection report stated: "The zoo has a comprehensive mission statement and sets a high standard in terms of presentation of species, ambience of the collection and the welfare of the animals kept.

"The scale of conservation, and research work achieved is commendable for an organisation of this size. The zoo well deserves its position as the National Zoo of Wales.”

Nick Jackson, CEO at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, said: “Once again, we’re really pleased to have successfully passed the government inspection, receiving positive feedback from the team.

"We work incredibly hard throughout the year to ensure we sustain our high standards in terms of animal welfare, conservation, safety and security, and much more."

"It is both rewarding and satisfying to see the efforts and commitment of the zoo management and staff recognised by an external agency, which in this case comprises a group of highly experienced experts.”

At the same time, the zoo took part in a Visit Wales VAQAS survey which focuses on an attraction’s commitment to quality, giving potential customers a label that they can trust.

The zoo received a 72 per cent success rate and were praised by the organisation for its new website, staff friendliness, new toilet block, displays and presentations, unique setting and scenery, neat gardens and outdoor areas.

Jen Jesse, director of administrations and operations, added: "Visit Wales is an integral leading body for tourism and we're pleased to have performed so well against their strict criteria, generating praise for specific areas and initiatives across the zoo."