A Welsh zoo is crowdfunding to create a new home for its snow leopards.
The Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay has launched its first ever crowdfunding campaign to help raise funds for its project, the Silk Road.
For the first time in sixty years, the general public are being invited to themselves become part of the zoo's very history.
The first project of its kind to be launched in the UK, Silk Road involves a completely new home for the Zoo's snow leopards, to replicate the mountainous regions in which the endangered species lives.
The Silk Road will forge links with China and the Himalayan mountains exploring the Chinese culture, anguage, environment and species that originate from there.
Some funding has already been secured through a private donor and the Zoo charity. But additional funding of £200,000 is needed by the charity to complete the £1million scheme.
The project has gained support from businesses, locals and celebrities including Dame Judi Dench and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who are both making donations.
In association with Bangor University and the Confucius Institute, the project will explore and educate visitors on the culture of China.
Following on from this an interactive mobile device app will also connect zoo visitors
to the project by taking them on a journey about plants, animals, people, stories, and culture as they explore the connections between the flora and fauna of North Wales and China.
The snow leopard enclosure will be designed to offer visitors a nose to nose visual experience through glass, whilst an elevated walkway will journey around the site, offering panoramic views across the Zoo and to the Carneddau Mountains