You can drive from London or the airports in a few hours of motorway driving. Another option is the train to Crewe or Wolverhampton, where you can pick up a car for an easy afternoon drive over the beautiful Cambrian Mountains to Snowdonia and the Vale of Conwy. One of the finest remaining walled towns in Europe, Conwy is a great place to stay. You can route straight back to Conwy along the north coast or detour just across the Menai Bridge to Anglesey for a visit to Beaumaris Castle or Plas Newydd, the stately home of the Marquis of Anglesey.
Members of the public will be able to see the lions like never before from Friday, October 18, thanks to new, reinforced glass, windows, allowing visitors of all ages to see the fearsome carnivores up close.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy watching the lions from a raised vantage point, as well as take part in a number of interactive games such as testing your strength to see if you could haul a typical lion's prey, or whether you could survive a month as a lion in the wild.
There is also an indoor habitat which will be used as a 'time share' enclosure with their soon-to-be neighbours, the Indian mongoose, which are currently in quarantine and are expected to move in to the area next February.
Asiatic lions, one of the rarest of all the big cat species, have suffered a huge decline in their natural range. They once roamed across Northern Africa, Greece, Turkey and Asia but now the last surviving Asiatic lions remain in one forest in India — making this new habitat incredibly important for the conservation breeding programme working to boost their numbers.
If disease hits or a natural disaster occurs then the species could easily become extinct. But, with just surviving in the wild, we must raise some much needed awareness of this beautiful, iconic species and inspire people to help us to prevent their extinction.