Spring is in the air and the award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park is enjoying an unprecedented baby boom. The new arrivals – Eland Antelopes, Painted Dogs, Wallabies, and Bactrian Camels – will be competing for attention from visitors flocking to the park over the Easter holidays.
These youngsters are bound to be star attractions at the park, which is the UK’s No.1, walk through wildlife adventure.
The newest of the generation are Bactrian camel calves Julius and Jeremiah, born on March 2nd, and Jaffa born on March 11. They are settling well into life with four generations of camels at the innovative park.
The newborn calves are a domestic strain of the critically endangered Bactrian camels whose numbers have dwindled to below 1,000 in their native Gobi Desert, in Asia. The charity, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation is busy fundraising to support work by the Wild Camel Foundation and other projects to protect the wild Bactrian species.
Meanwhile, Eland antelope calves Jonah and Jinx are staying close to their mothers in Into Africa. Seeing the new arrivals will be just part of a fun-packed day for visitors to the Wildlife Park, in Doncaster.
“Easter is always a fun time at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, this year made extra special with the arrival or all our new births”- said Simon Marsh, Animal Collection Manager. “The mixture of education and fun is important for families to enjoy their day at the park and also helps us raise awareness of the endangered species we have here.”Simon Marsh, Animal Collections Manager
The Wildest Wizard of Oz event is taking place at YWP on April 8th, 9th and 10th with its professional cast of performers weaving a magical spell and lots of fun activities all day long. Children can join in some Munchkin Musical Mayhem at a percussion workshop and visit Professor Marvel’s Wonderful World of Wizardry.
There will be a chance to meet the Wizard as he tries to escape from Oz in a hair-brained adventure and the fun-packed days also include children’s craft activities, a treasure trail, fairground stalls and the Wizard’s Hot Air Balloon fairground ride. Visitors can also be transformed into the tin-man, scarecrow or cowardly lion by a professional face painter and there are plenty of chances to win chocolate Easter prizes. The event is included in the day admission rate but extra charges may apply to some activities.
There are indoor and outdoor play areas, and a variety of food outlets. The recently extended Safari Village, which is free to enter before visitors go into the main park, has its own café, the giant Safari Store and retail outlets with local businesses where visitors can browse designer clothes for adults or children, wild photography and African art, gifts, confectionary and a delicatessen with specialist craft ales and designer gin amongst other local delicacies.
A weather proof 600 square metre Monkey Play Barn, where adults can relax with a coffee while children have the chance to enjoy three levels of play with a range of climbing frames, dens, slides and rope bridges, is also popular.
For the brave there is the Zoom Super Slide Barn providing hours of adrenaline filled fun, with an Astra slide and two drop slides (height restrictions apply).
YWP is home to some of the most threatened species on the planet, including the country’s only polar bears, Victor, Pixel, Nissan and Nobby who share one of the world’s largest reserves. The 10-acre reserve Project Polar, is complete with pools, caves and rolling terrain that replicates the bears’ natural habitat. Visitors will also see the newly reopened Lemur Woods with black and white ruffed and ringtailed lemurs –they have a brand new house and love to explore the heights of the trees while visitors can walk among them. The two young male black rhino, Hodari and Dayo are out and about in the new reserve Into Africa, while over in South America the Giant otters are active and playful and always popular.
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