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Yorkshire Wildlife Park

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Address Warning Tongue Ln, Doncaster, DN4 6TB
Telephone 01302 535057
How to Find it: Enter Post Code DN4 6TB and not the Postal Address DN3 3NH. The entrance to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park is new The Post Code DN4 6TB will direct you to the established roads opposite the new entrance . Once you reach the destination please follow the signs directing you to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Car Park
Open: 10:30 to 3:30 in winter
Prices: Adult £10.50 Senior citizen/student £9.00 Disabled adult £7.00 Child (3-15) £8.50 Child (under 3) free
Area:
No of Species No of Animals Star Rating
Mammals Conservation
Birds Enclosures
Reptiles Education
Amphibians Recreation
Fish Research
Total 0 0
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This critique last updated:  Jan 2013


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The Yorkshire Wildlife Park only opened in 2009, but it has the feel of a more established wildlife park. This impression is gained from the presence of large mammals in spacious enclosures that have been designed with their occupant’s needs in mind.

Once past the ticket kiosk you enter a large open courtyard surrounded by a play barn, cafeteria, and shop. You’re led naturally towards a pair of Meerkat enclosures – one for females, the other for males that they share with yellow mongooses. Before you is a long straight avenue with the lion paddocks on your immediate right. There are three large landscaped paddocks for three closely related prides of interbred lions rescued from a Romanian zoo. At the keeper talk, we’re informed that these lions won’t be allowed to breed, but their legacy will be a set of magnificent big cat enclosures.

Taking the avenue the right-hand-side is dominated by an East African Plains exhibit, which is home to Eland, Lechwe, Chapman’s Zebra, Ankole Cattle, Ostrich and Emu(!). At the time of this visit a small group of Giraffes was being established in their own enclosure, but with access to the East African Plains. On the left-hand-side is a walkthrough paddock of domesticated animals, a walkthrough Australian paddock (from which the Emus were presumably refugees) and a featureless paddock for the Painted Dogs. 

At the top of the avenue, there’s a large paddock for a herd of Bactrian Camels, which leads you from Africa to Asia with Amur Leopards and Amur Tigers. Although there is only a pair of tigers, they have access to three differently landscaped paddocks. As with the Lions, there is plenty of scope for breeding these animals, or if required holding non-breeding animals. The signage in these areas is excellent and varied.

The walk-through themes continue with a South American ¡Viva! with Mara, Capybara and Squirrel Monkeys. One more walkthrough experience: a Lemur Wood and then a return to the courtyard via enclosures for Red River Hogs, Racoon Dogs and Addax. The site is level, open and wooded on one side to give shelter and shade.

With its penchant for walkthrough enclosures, maybe there’s scope for the Park to develop a walkthrough aviary or two. Should they do so, I’ll be back in double quick time.


David Lomas
October/2013

 

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