Yorkshire Wildlife Park provides visitors with a unique opportunity to come face to face with some of the world’s most beautiful and endangered species such as Amur Leopards and Tigers as well as the country’s only Polar Bears at the ground-breaking Project Polar.
The large reserves include walk through areas such as Lemur Woods, Wallaby Walkthrough and South America Viva provide space for animals and visitors alike.
The park has also been highlighted for its rescue work over the past 10 years especially the Lion Rescue in 2010 when 13 lions were rescued from a rundown zoo in Romania, and in 2018 with the rehoming of the three Ussuri brown bears who were being kept in cramped conditions in a museum in Japan.
Over the years, the staff have celebrated some significant births for conservation programmes including critically endangered Amur Leopard and Amur Tiger cubs and Painted Dog pups.
The latest birth in the growing animal collection is a baby anteater.
“We think it is a great coincidence that our tenth birthday falls in English Tourism Week,” said CEO John Minion.
“The park has gone from strength to strength thanks to the support of the dedicated staff team, the local community and all the people who have visited the park over the past ten years.”
Yorkshire Wildlife Park makes a considerable contribution to the local economy of circa £12m every year and employs over 200 people.
As well as playing a major part in conservation projects worldwide, the park is also a great resource for education and last year welcomed 88,000 school children and students.
Through the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation charity which is based at the park, funds raised have supported conservation and welfare projects around the world – on every continent apart from Antarctica.
Reinvestment and continually improving the visitor experience have been key to the park’s development.
As the park goes into its second decade, plans for a major expansion are becoming reality as groundworks have begun on the 150-acre site adjacent to the park which was secured last year.
This significant investment of £50m will create around 300 jobs for the local community and will include new animal reserves and a visitor hub with a destination hotel, restaurants and leisure shopping.