Parkwood Leisure’s rainforest zoo, Plantasia, has received renewed support from Welsh financial services company Admiral to bolster the venue’s educational animal conservation programmes.

Plantasia on the Road is a schools educational programme that brings the rainforest zoo experience to local schools and communities, allowing the delivery of workshops in the classroom that feature animal handling and virtual tours. The aim of the initiative is to “educate children in their classrooms today, about how they can affect our planet tomorrow”.  

The programme, which has been running for nearly two years, has enabled over 5,000 children to acquire subsidised learning, with over 12,000 to have access to the scheme in 2022.

Expanding the programme UK-wide has been a key objective of Plantasia as well as educating in other societies such as care homes, charities and community groups. 

The support also aids the zoo’s “Grow Your Imagination” programme which focuses on driving forward animal conservation and environmental projects.

General Manager of Plantasia, Anthony Williams, said:

“The support from Admiral is a huge boost for our objectives. Raising funds for conservation of threatened species, educating visitors and educating the younger generation all compiles into a larger project of protecting these species.” 

Rhian Langham, Head of People Services at Admiral said: 

We’re thrilled to continue working with Plantasia, supporting their educational outreach and conservation programmes. As a company that understands the importance of protecting the environment and educating the next generation, we’re excited by Plantasia’s approach to introducing a wider audience to the wild world and how to safeguard it. Our colleagues also tell us how much they enjoy visiting Plantasia and seeing the rainforest in action”.

Swansea Council cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said: 

“Parkwood continues to be a strong partner for us and the people of Swansea. Significant council investment has helped them give this great city centre cultural attraction new life and vitality. I’m delighted that their educational animal conservation programmes will continue to thrive through 2022.”