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Yorkshire has so many attractions to offer. But did you know that it has its own zoo? Just outside Doncaster in South Yorkshire is Yorkshire Wildlife Park. We visited this week – see what we discovered!
Yorkshire Wildlife Park – Days Out In South Yorkshire
With 70 different species and almost 400 animals, there is so much to see at The Yorkshire Wildlife Park. We visited on a cold late autumn day, and looked forward to seeing as much as we could.
What Animals Did We See?
We weren’t disappointed! As soon as we had entered through the turnstiles we were greeted by the meerkat enclosure. And walking further in, we were greeted by some amazing wildlife. Firstly, the lions were out enjoying the morning sun. Then we saw rhino and the deer enclosure.
Unfortunately, even though we climbed the jungle lookout, the leopard didn’t make an appearance. And neither did the zebra. But the giraffes and ostriches were out, several camels braved the crisp weather in their thick coats. And there were several tigers prowling their enclosures, one of which was clearly having a great nap!
Our favourite enclosures were two walk through exhibits, where you can get up close and personal with some of the animals. You can walk through the wallaby enclosure and the capybara/mara/agouti enclosure.
What else is there?
Elizabeth got very tired walking around, so we decided to take in one of the regular shows that take place throughout the day. On our visit, there were lots of Grimms’ Fairy Tales being reenacted at various places around the park. We saw Red Riding Hood and the Wolf walking through the park. And there was a musical extravaganza featuring Snow White and the Wicked Queen.
We didn’t get to visit the polar bear exhibit, as E really had walked too much. But the Yorkshire Wildlife Park is home to the only Polar Bear enclosure in England.
The Brown Bear exhibit was closed on the day we visited, as last week their last brown bear died. Yorkshire Wildlife Park adopted four badly treated brown bears last year. But after flying them over from Japan they each were discovered to have terrible degenerative diseases from their years of mistreatment. Sadly they have all since needed to be euthanised.
The day we visited, there was a Halloween event at the park, with lots of stalls and places to take some great seasonal photographs. We ended the day by getting into the spooky spirit!
After all the walking we had done, it was definitely time to be heading home. But we will probably go back soon to see all the things that we missed.
The park is open everyday from 10am, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
At £19 for adults, £16 for children between 3 and 15, and £17 for senior citizens (peak time prices), it isn’t the cheapest of days out for the family. But there really is so much to see and do that it is well worth the trip.
Staying in South Yorkshire? Why not visit The Yorkshire Sculpture Park?
Looking for a different kind of animal experience in South Yorkshire? Why not visit Cannon Hall Farm? Read my post here on what there is to see.
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