A well-known Mid Wales visitor attraction has been put up for sale, complete with two-bedroomed bungalow, monkeys, wild cats and reptiles as the owners look to retire.
The Animalarium at Borth in Ceredigion, is home to over 300 animals and reptiles, attracting thousands of visitors to its 10 acre grounds and gardens each year.
But owners Jean and Alan Mumbray have decided to call it a day after developing the business since they bought it 15 years ago and have turned it into the respected zoo it is today.
“We originally took it on with the aim of retiring after 10 years, but we’re still here and I’m now 76 and it’s time for someone else to take the business forward,” said Jean.
“It needs someone who has a passion for animals and the resources to develop what is already a successful visitor attraction and has huge potential.”
Mid Wales and Shropshire based chartered surveyors and estate agent Morris, Marshall and Poole are marketing the zoo at £555,000 which comes with owner accommodation in the form of a two bedroomed bungalow on site.
Animalarium is located within the coastal town of Borth, with its own railway station on the Cambrian Railway line and close to the famous Ynys Las nature reserve.
The zoo has taken on animals that have been surplus at other UK zoos and are cared for in modern accommodation and enclosures. It maintains strong links with colleges, universities and other zoos in the UK for exchange programmes and the captive breeding of endangered species.
“This is a very unique opportunity for someone with an interest and knowledge of zoos or animals to take the business forward and develop what is already a significant visitor attraction in Mid Wales, as well as a home for a variety of exotic zoo animals,” said Michael Williams, a partner at Morris, Marshall and Poole.
The zoo, spread over 10 acres, has an opportunity for expansion. It currently features a reptile house with snakes and lizards, a crocodile house, a petting barn, a wild cat enclosure, monkeys and meerkats, among many others.
There is also a cafeteria, visitor centre and gift shop, children’s play areas and large car park.
The zoo will be sold complete with all equipment and fixtures and fittings and has a full zoo licence which was reissued in 2014.
More details can be obtained by visiting www.morrismarshall.co.uk or telephone 01970 625020.
Caption: The Animalarium Zoo at Borth, Ceredigion (top, right) and Kathryn Davies, MMP Chartered Surveyor, with one of the animals at the zoo (left).