A group of Preparatory School pupils got up close and personal with wild animals on a recent educational visit.
As part of their curriculum on Bears, the Reception class at Rydal Penrhos visited the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay on Wednesday, October 11, and in addition to viewing animals the group also had the privilege of feeding the grizzlies.
During the trip, which coincided with National Teddy Bear Day, the pupils got to hear from a zookeeper what the day-to-day life of a bear actually is, their eating habits and hibernation periods, which will aid their learning on the topic in the classroom.
The Welsh Mountain Zoo was opened on May 18, 1963 by the wildlife enthusiast and naturalist Robert Jackson and spans an area of 37 acres.
Conwy County Council approved plans for a new £6 million rainforest area and alligator beach last year, which will be situated within a large tropical dome as part of a nationwide initiative spanning all UK zoos.
Head of Reception Louise Devilleforte, said: “The children had a fantastic time at the zoo and even more so in the play area.
“Trips like this are important for pupils, especially ones in this age group, who may not have seen animals as large and rare as this too often, and they got to learn a little bit more about the Bears’ habitat and way of life for their curriculum, which was great.”