Yorkshire Wildlife Park gears up for Bank Holiday – with rare Wallaby twins

Award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park is gearing up a busy Bank Holiday and Half Term – with two new extremely rare twin wallabies. The two developing joeys are quickly becoming a sensation at the park – with only one other twin pair reported at a European zoo so far. As part of a collective of around thirty, the twins’ mother was first spotted with two little heads popping out of her pouch last month.

Animal Collection Manager Simon Marsh said: “We were very excited to hear the news about such a rarity at our wildlife park. It really doesn’t happen very often.”

“We are continually striving to improve the visitor experience but these arrivals are a welcome unexpected addition!” Simon Marsh - Animal Collection Manager

The park, in Branton near Doncaster, is the leading walk through park in the country with a unique collection of beautiful and endangered species. It is home to endangered Amur tigers and leopards, African painted dogs, the country’s only four polar bears, giraffes, lions, monkeys, meerkats, camels and many more. YWP will be celebrating the BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos) National Love your Zoo week between Monday 30th May and Friday 3rd June with fun workshops and a trail for children to enjoy, to mark all the conservation work that zoos do. The park offers entertainment for all the family including education projects, opportunities to get close to some of the world’s most fascinating animals and fun play areas.

YWP is a leading centre for animal conservation. “Conservation of animals is at the heart of what we do along with seeing that our visitors have a fantastic time,” added Mr Marsh. “Visitor numbers have increased every year because word has spread that you will get a unique chance to get close to majestic animals and that it is an attraction for all the family.”

The park has just added a new outdoor play area, a café with 120 covers along with two new outlets in the newly designed Safari Village shopping area. The Safari café has also been extended with a new conservatory along the wider paths. The park has won an international reputation by offering unrivalled access to some of the world’s most beautiful and at risk animals while raising awareness about their plight.

The work of the park has been critical to a number of species such as the Amur tiger, whose numbers have dwindled to less than 500 in the wild. The Amur leopard is also on the critical list but both have produced cubs thanks to the dedication of staff. Visitors are brought almost face to face with a big variety of some of the world’s most beautiful and rare species in a unique walk through experience. Whatever the weather, YWP offers visitors a fun filled and educational day for all the family.

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