The Yorkshire Wildlife Park provides a unique walk-through wildlife experience just outside of Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Commonly referred to as YWP, the Wildlife Park puts visitors in touch with some of the world’s most eye-catching and rarer species. There are a number of animals at the park that are on the ‘at risk’ list, including Polar Bears, Black Rhino, Lions, Tigers and Giraffes. In addition to the larger animals, there are around another 400 throughout YWP from around 70 different species!
The Wildlife Park is a great place to discover a range of creatures and enjoy your very own wildlife adventure! Alongside all of the amazing animals on display, kids can also enjoy the many adventure play zones and adults can relax in the themed restaurants and eateries. There are special events run throughout the year such as Summer Safari Nights, Easter Adventures and the famous local Christmas Fair!
Visitors that are looking for an extra special experience can book onto a VIP behind-the-scenes tour, getting even closer to the wildlife, and maybe even hand-feeding some of the animals.
Visitors can explore the wild side of Yorkshire with a visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, currently still the only place in England where you can see polar bears up close and personal. Even though the weather is cold, it is perhaps not quite cold enough to count as their natural environment however!
From Lion Country and Land of Tiger, to Wallaby Walkabout and Lemur Woods, the walking park is perhaps closer to a zoo, although the animals enjoy far more space. Throughout the day, and situated across the park, people can also listen to a variety of ranger talks to learn more about their favourite animals.
Arguably the UK’s most popular walkthrough wildlife experience, the grounds of YWP cover almost 70 acres, just outside the village of Branton, near Doncaster. The easily accessible location gives visitors from across Yorkshire and the UK unrivalled access to some of the most beautiful species from the globe.
The extensive collection includes lions rescued from Romania, endangered Amur Tigers, critically endangered Amur Leopards and of course, the ever popular polar bears.
YWP’s mission is to create an interactive experience and regional centre of excellence for animal conservation that is sustainable both for the environment and the business. As well as the creatures that are cared for, there is a wider range of work carried out to promote a wider understanding of the who natural world and inspire generations to come.
Built on the site of a former riding school that closed to the public in 2008 Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). The onsite Rehabilitation Centre is a facility that cares for sick animals and shows visitors some of the park’s global conservation efforts and rescue work focused on animals held in poor conditions in other collections. The Centre has exhibited several rescued species over the years in a series of large, temporary exhibits. The rescued species are often held until they can move elsewhere in the park, or until new homes in other zoos are found.