Yorkshire Wildlife Park is one of the key attractions in South Yorkshire and a must-visit when in the Doncaster area. With regular trains running between Hull and King's Cross via good old Donny, it's the perfect excuse to indulge in a fantastic day out. Suitable for all the family, from budding naturalists to life-long animal lovers, the park and its associated charity, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation, aim to inspire visitors to support the conservation cause.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park meerkat

Into Africa

Experience the magic of the African Plains at the park's brand new Into Africa reserve. Meet some of the continent's most iconic animals, including giraffes and zebras and antelope. The zebra in particular is a must-see, with less than 3,000 left in East Africa owing to the increase in poaching, disease and general habitat loss.

Meanwhile, visit the ostriches; they're the fastest animal in the world on two legs, as well as being largest of all birds - but that doesn't mean that you have to stick your head in the sand when you catch a glimpse of them during your visit!

South America

Meanwhile, experience the sights, sounds and smells of the South American Rainforest at the park's Vivareserve. Full of curious creatures such as the six-banded armadillo, the giant rodent-like capybara and the insect-eating squirrel monkey, the vibrant space will leave the whole family in complete awe.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park polar bears

Polar bears

If it all gets a bit too hot in Africa and South America, head to the polar bear enclosure to cool off. This leading project sees the excellent partnership of YWPF and Polar Bears International, as they aim to work together to conserve and improve the welfare of this vulnerable, globally-adored species.

Experience life as a ranger

For those completely in love with zoo life, why not treat them to a special experience package? Little ones can feed and look after an assortment of animals. And don't worry, grown-ups can finally bring their childhood dream to life with one of the Ranger Experiences.

Feeling brave? Try out the Carnivore Experience that lets you go behind the scenes and work with the rescue lions and endangered painted dogs.

Do some shopping

There's also a plethora of shops and boutiques to explore in the brand new Safari Village. Visit the YWP gift shop and pick up a souvenir for yourself or a present for someone who missed out on the trip. On top of this, you could sample some delicious confectionery at Laura's Fudge and stock up on your safari wears in Voulez Vouz, a bespoke clothing store offering an array of men and women's fashions.

Take the weight of your feet

Be sure to fuel up before the big adventure or take a midday break at the Safari Cafe. With breakfast available from 9:30am-11:30am and lunch served all day, everyone can taste some of the park's signature dishes, including a 5oz rib-eye steak and sweetcorn fritters.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is open 10am-6pm daily during their Summer Season, which runs from March-October. To find out more opening times and to purchase tickets, please www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com.

Author: sobananapenguin





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