The other week, I was finally reunited with one of my closest friends Tegan. We live about an hours drive from one another, so I usually drive down to see her as regularly as possible. We wanted to make the most of the amazing weather, so had a day out to Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Rather than our usual catch ups where we just sit and talk for 10 hours straight! We pre-bought the tickets online the night before, and paid £15.50 each for student tickets.
400 animals and 70 different species!
Yorkshire Wildlife Park is built on a former riding school and farm, and greatly developed since opening in April 2009. It is a dynamic centre for conservation and welfare, the park has over 400 animals and over 70 different species of animal.
Getting up close and personal
We were both in awe of how many amazing animals are housed at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. We saw lions, polar bears, lemurs, wallabies, primates, painted dogs, otters and many more! There are also many opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals, in the Lemur Woods and Wallaby Walkabout, where we got to stroke them and they’re SO fluffy!
Demonstrations and Conservations
There are also a variety of talks, demonstrations and shows through the day talks, telling you about the animals and how they are looked after at the park.
A huge focus at Yorkshire Wildlife park is on conservations projects. They support a large number of national and international conservation projects, through funding and the expertise of organisations including Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance (ALTA), The Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Save the Rhino, and more recently Polar Bear International.
Food and Drink
Despite there being loads of food and drink outlets at the park, they also cater amazingly for visitors bringing in picnics, with some little picnic spots dotted around. As well as places to pick up some food, there is a little shopping area with a variety of shops including a huge gift shops with plenty of souvenirs to remember your trip by.
To end on a highlight. The best moment of the day was when we were walking up to get a drink, we spotted that the giraffe walkway gates were being shut. We’d be trying to find the second giraffe enclosure all day, so this moment just made it even better. We started running over like children which pure excitement painted over our faces! Oh my days the excitement was just running through me. They are such beautiful elegant creatures, and seeing them walk past up; literally a meter away, just made the day.
I definitely recommend spending a day at Yorkshire Wildlife park, there is something for all the family. To read about more days-out in the Yorkshire area click here.