Anglesey sea zoo
Brynsiencyn,, Isle of Anglesey, Wales, LL61 6TQ
MONTHS OPENFebruary, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Listed under: Art and Design | STEM | Zoos | Wildlife and Nature Reserves | Aquariums & Sea Life Centres | Ecology & Green Awareness | Animal Welfare | Day Trip Destinations | Science | Mathematics | Geography | Environmental Studies | Conservation
What we offer on a school trip
Based on the shores of the Menai Strait in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Anglesey Sea Zoo has incredible views of the Snowdonia Mountain Range. Anglesey Sea Zoo is an entirely independent aquarium and the largest aquarium in Wales. Anglesey Sea Zoo is unique in exhibiting only species from the British Isles.
We aim to showcase the vast variety of British marine life, whilst also investing in conservation and research projects both locally and further afield. We believe that in educating British people about our marine environment we will enthuse them so that they help us to preserve it. All the seawater in our tanks is drawn directly from the Menai Strait, meaning that the marine life we support here experiences natural temperature fluctuations and other changes in the water seasonally, as they would in the wild. This lends itself to natural feeding and breeding patterns, as well as assisting our long-term goal of releasing certain endangered species back into the wild to repopulate our coasts. Our native systems enable us to maintain as low an environmental footprint as possible, and align with our fundamental principles of focusing on sustainability, recycling and supporting environmental issues.
At Anglesey Sea Zoo, we have over 40 tanks with a vast number of different British marine species to intrigue visitors of all ages, both elusive and exciting species such as seahorses, sharks, moon jellyfish, conger eels, and more common species such as mussels and limpets. We are proud of our Welsh heritage here and are heavily involved in the local community, regularly hosting beach cleans and working with local organisations, community groups and local schools. The food from our Rockpool Café consists of entirely local produce which reduces food miles. Our gift shop stocks a range of gifts, souvenirs, toys and confectionary with ethically sourced products and those which support local and Welsh creators.
The Anglesey Sea Zoo actively carries out important conservation work and collaborates with local fisheries and other organisations to promote sustainable fisheries and environmental conservation. Two seasons ago, we expanded our British Seahorse Breeding and Conservation programme, so we now house both species of extremely rare British seahorse.
Anglesey Sea Zoo is also home to the Lobster Hatchery of Wales, which breeds lobsters to re-stock local waters. This year, an extremely rare orange lobster was rescued from the pot and brought to Anglesey Sea Zoo for breeding and research; this individual was a one-in-thirty-million catch. Over 3000 juvenile lobsters have been released since the lobster breeding and release project started. We are also involved in a collaborative project to breed rare spiny lobsters, which have now almost disappeared from around British coasts, with a view to reintroducing them to our shores.