About the NZSW | Welsh Mountain Zoo

About the NZSW

The National Zoological Society of Wales was formed in 1983, taking over the wider interests and operation of the Zoo.


In 2008, with support from the UK's leading Zoo charities, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Welsh Assembly Government, the Zoo changed its name to the National Zoological Society of Wales and the Welsh Mountain Zoo became recognised as the National Zoo of Wales.

Following the official formation of the charity, the Zoo officially announced its vision and mission statement objectives which where are:

Vision: A world where animals and their habitats are appreciated, understood and conserved.

Mission: Through its work at the Welsh Mountain Zoo – National Zoo of Wales, and elsewhere, the Society seeks to:

  • enhance appreciation and understanding of the earth’s natural heritage through public education and recreation, and the advancement of biological study.
  • support the maintenance of the earth’s biological diversity through participation in conservation breeding programmes, and assistance for conservation in the wild.
  • pursue the above objectives and activities globally, regionally and with special emphasis on the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity in Wales and its surrounding seas.
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