Animals at the award winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park dig into heaps of donated fruit and vegetables

Bonner and Hindley News

Award winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s animals, many of which are endangered in the wild, are in for a real treat after a donation of a mountain of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Rangers at the park were delighted to accept the fresh produce and the first to benefit from the bounty of fruit and vegetables were the Guinea baboons. 

At present, the 120 acre park is temporarily closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic but staff are dutifully caring for all the animals.

Three separate staff teams are in operation so that if one team is depleted by the virus, the other teams will be unaffected and can continue their vital work.

Rangers unloaded the donation from Fresh Direct this week after it was delivered by truck to the park in Branton, near Doncaster. Head of Animals Debbie Porter was on hand to receive the delivery. She said: “We cannot thank the team at Fresh Direct enough for this amazing donation and for thinking of us here at the park during this time.

“Both the rangers and animals are experiencing adjustments due to the recent closure, so I know this act of kindness will really help to lift everyone’s sprits and keep us moving forward.

“The animals will love these delicious treats and it helps us to remember that we are not alone during this crisis even when our gates are closed, especially when people are so generous in supporting us when we need it most.”  

General Manager at Fresh Direct, Andy Farnworth added: “This is a really challenging time for so many people, charities and companies across the UK.  At Fresh Direct, we’re delighted to be able to support some fantastic causes by donating fresh fruit and vegetables.

“The work that the Yorkshire Wildlife Park does is tremendously important and we’re happy to play a small part in helping them.” 

”Sit back and relax as we take you on a calming virtual journey around the beautiful Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Enjoy the park all to yourself and get up close with some of the most breath-taking animals on our planet!”