zoo - Reaseheath's festive donkeys

Reaseheath College is offering families a chance to enjoy festive fun with a difference by opening its zoo for the two weekends before Christmas.

Winter wallabies, festive foxes, merry meerkats, seasonal snakes, gracious goats and dashing donkeys are just some of the animals preparing for Christmas at the zoo.

And Reaseheath’s keepers will be on hand to talk about which present each animal would like best from Santa.

The campus zoo is based at Reaseheath’s Animal Centre, one of the most advanced college training centres in the country.

It has more than 1,000 animals which also includes ring-tailed lemurs, tapirs, spider monkeys, cotton top tamarins, birds of prey, rabbits, guinea pigs and a variety of reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects.

Part of the collection is housed indoors and there are picnic areas both inside and outside plus plenty of free parking.

The zoo is open on December 10 and 11 and December 17 and 18, from 10am to 2.30pm.

Entry fee will include a visit to Santa’s grotto, a Christmas gift and a festive themed trail around the animal enclosures.

Entry is £5 per adult; £4 per child; £16 per family including entry to Santa’s Grotto and a gift for every child.

There are plans to open the grotto between 11.30am and 2.30pm on each of the four days.

Check these times in advance at www.reaseheath.ac.uk/zoo before you come.

(Pic: Reaseheath’s dashing donkeys prepare to meet their Christmas visitors)

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