Welcome to Reaseheath’s Mini Zoo. Situated in the grounds of the Main Campus at Reaseheath College, we benefit from scenic views of the lovely Cheshire countryside.

Animal Management as a subject has been delivered here since 1995, but it wasn’t until 2000 that the department turned into a Zoological Collection.

We were the first College in the County to receive a Zoo License, meaning we could hold specific species, then many years later we were able to open our doors during the holidays so that everyone can benefit from the collection that our students are lucky enough to work with every day. The Zoo is a member of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) who are a professional body that represent the UK’s best zoos and aquariums providing a high standard of welfare, education and conservation of animals.

Although we don’t hold many of the species typically found in zoos like giraffes or lions; for these would be too big and dangerous for our students work with – the animals we do house can be viewed closely. As our collection is small our visitors tell us they receive a more personal experience from their visit.

Our students are so busy with their studies that the Zoo opens to the public only during school holidays and selected weekend events. Make sure you find out when we’re open by checking out the “Plan Your Visit” section!

New for 2017, we are launching some exciting new programmes which will bring our visitors closer to our animals: Keeper for the Day packages, Adopt an Animal and Annual Membership options are all now available, and we even do birthday parties too.

There’s something for everyone at Reaseheath Zoo, we hope you enjoy your visit!

Opening Dates and Events, 2016:

  • 10 & 11th and 17th & 18th December – Christmas Zoo OPEN

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

Winter wallabies, festive foxes, merry meerkats, seasonal snakes, gracious goats and dashing donkeys are just some of the zoo residents getting ready for Christmas, and Reaseheath’s keepers will be on hand to talk about which present each animal would like best from Santa.

You can visit Santa in his grotto between 11.30am and 2.30pm on each of the four days.

Opening Dates and Events, 2017:

  • 4th & 5th and 11th & 12th March – Live Laming Weekends OPEN
  • 2nd – 16th April – OPEN
  • 29th & 30th April – World Tapir Day* OPEN
  • 21st May – Family Festival OPEN
  • 27th May – 4th June – Love you Zoo Week* OPEN
  • 24th & 25th June – Rabbit Awareness Week* OPEN
  • 24th July – 28th August OPEN
  • 9th & 10th and 16th & 17th December OPEN

10am – 5pm (last entrance 3.30pm) on selected school holidays.

*These are all themed events that we run in partnership with industry links. As well as the zoo being open over these dates, we will also be running activities to match the theme.

**Please note we are not open during every school holiday and our term times may differ to local authority schools**


Education


Find out about the College and Outdoor Education Programme


Events at the Zoo


What's going on at the Zoo. Hold a wild birthday party with us!


Meet our animals


Get a little closer to our animals. Adoption and membership


Plan your visit


How to find us, prices, get in touch

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