Built on a former riding school and farm, Yorkshire Wildlife Park has come along way since it opened in April 2009. A dynamic centre for conservation and welfare, the park has over 300 animals and over 60 different species of animal.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park has come along way since John Minion, Cheryl Williams and Neville Williams arrived at Brockholes Farm in 2008. With a vision of being a dynamic centre for conservation and welfare, the YWP team worked throughout the winter of 2008/2009 to be officially opened by Cbeebies Mr Tumble in April 2009.
Year on year the park has expanded and grown at an astonishing rate, with visitor numbers climbing from 66,000 in the first year to an expected 682,000 in 2015. In 2009 the YWP team travelled to see a pride of Lions at the rundown Oradea Zoo, when YWP CEO John Minion saw the plight of the Lions, he knew that YWP had to help. On 30th August 2009, a rescue campaign was launched with News of the World to raise £150,000 towards the lion rescue. The team at YWP were overwhelmed by the number of donations, the letters and support from so many people. This really was the people’s rescue.
On the 12th February 2010, the special Jet2.com charter touched down at Robin Hood Airport. All the lions arrived safely, and made their big debut in May 2010. The YWP lion rescue is regarded as the biggest ever European big cat rescue, and put YWP on the map.
To create a dynamic, interactive experience and regional centre of excellence for the conservation of biodiversity globally and locally that is sustainable both for the environment and the business. To promote a wider understanding of the natural world and inspire generations to support and protect the world around them.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation was created by Cheryl Williams in 2013 to be a dynamic catalyst for inspiring people to support conservation and welfare. For more information about the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation click here.
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