A PET store with a branch in Chirk has joined forces with a popular Welsh tourist attraction to save it from extinction,

PetPlace is linking up with the Welsh Mountain Zoo, based in Colwyn Bay, as the attraction faces its biggest crisis in its 57-year history.

Gates to the national zoo of Wales have been closed since March 22 in line with Covid-19 restrictions, and the resulting lack of revenue has meant the attraction is struggling to meet the monthly running costs of £120,000.

PetPlace managing director Sion Pritchard said as a company dedicated to the health, happiness, and wellbeing of animals, they are only too happy to give their support.

“As well as donating our own branded food and using our buying team to source and supply them with specific products, we will be adding Welsh Mountain Zoo gift cards to our site and crediting 10 per cent of each sale of these back to them for future purchases,” said Sion.

“The Zoo staff have products and food they buy regularly, so with people wanting to donate we have created a dedicated wish list page on our website identifying priority items. Again, 10 per cent of all these sales will be credited to the Zoo for future purchases.

“We will also be working with our suppliers to extend the time needed for payment from the Zoo, will help with storage of perishable goods, ensure we provide free delivery of fresh stock to them as and when they require, and are looking at other ways we can ease the burden at this difficult time.”

Jen Jesse, director of operations and administration at the zoo, thanked PetPlace for their efforts.

“We really appreciate the support shown to us by PetPlace,” she said.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by contributions from businesses and individuals who have provided an overwhelming amount of support since we took the difficult decision to close our gates.

“We are currently planning our approach to reopening and managing the impact that Covid-19 has had on the wider operation but look forward to making some positive announcements around dates very soon.”

To support the PetPlace campaign, visit www.farmandpetplace.co.uk, select the items you would like to purchase for them, and when you checkout be sure to enter the delivery address as Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL28 5UY.

Alternatively, call the sales team on 01492 542662 or speak to a manager in store.

For more on Welsh Mountain Zoo, visit www.welshmountainzoo.org