Award winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park launches Senior Ranger Academy

A unique opportunity to walk and talk with the animals is being offered at the award winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Senior Ranger Academy

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The week-long hands-on course for the over fifties provides unrivalled access to help care for a range of animals and to learn how the park’s team looks after its 400 animals.

The Academy features practical and theory sessions with lots of behind-the-scenes work alongside YWP staff and experts.

“If you’ve ever thought or dreamed of becoming an animal ranger, now is your chance.

“It is an ideal way to learn more about caring for animals and to understand the detailed nature of running a wildlife park,” says Cheryl Williams, Director of YWP, at Branton, near Doncaster.

“They will work with our rangers who look after some of the most fascinating and rare animals on the planet.

“Previous graduates of the Academy have all treasured their moments with the animals and have loved the experience of working alongside our knowledgeable staff.”

Theory sessions cover a range of subjects such as enclosure design and animal enrichment while the practical tasks include working on all animal sections; hoof stock, primates and carnivores.

The course, which is aimed at the over 50 age group, is run by the YWP Education Team and graduates will receive a certificate presented at a special luncheon ceremony with photographs.

The £300 cost covers all supporting resources for the course which runs half days from Monday, July 18 to Wednesday, July 20.

Contact the education team for an application form at or call 01302 535057 Ext77 for further information

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