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|Title:||Strangest Ever Animal Comes To Yorkshire Wildlife Park|
|Author:||Yorkshire Wildlife Park |
|ID & Publication:||20130811015 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
AWARD WINNING Yorkshire Wildlife Park is getting Summer off to a sizzling start – with the arrival of its strangest animal ever and a week long bug bonanza.
Anteater Kounany, who is just 18 months old, is enjoying her first week at the walk through park after traveling from Montpellier Zoo in France.
Anteaters, also known as ant bears, are a rare, quirky breed with no teeth and survive by sucking up to 35,000 ants a day with their sticky 60 cm long tongues.
She arrived just in time for BIAZA Big Bug Bonanza week during which YWP is hosting series of fun activities to raise awareness about the wonderful world of bugs.
Every day visitors can handle some giant bugs, go on a mini beast hunt and bug trail and help build a big bug hotel as well as learning amazing facts.
YWP Director Cheryl Williams said:’ With her diet of ants and termites Kounany timed her arrival well! She is settling in extremely well.
‘Anteaters are generally solitary animals and are listed as a vulnerable species so she will eventually be joined by a male from the European Breeding Programme.’
She added:’We are expecting a big turn out for the Big Bug Bonanza as children especially love handling and finding out about them.’
Biaza Big Bug Bonanaza week, in support of the BIAZA Terrestrial Invertebrate Working Group, runs from Monday August 5 to Sunday August 11 at the Wildlife Discovery Zone.
YWP, located in Branton, just outside Doncaster, supports the BIAZA Reserve project in Brazil, one of the Giant anteaters key habitats.
The park, which puts conservation at the heart of all its activities, helped purchase 1651 acres of Atlantic rainforest in Brazil and fund two rangers with the aim of restoring and protecting the area.
Summer is the perfect time to visit innovative Yorkshire Wildlife Park and meet its new strange animal.
Set in 70 acres of countryside, the attraction provides a magical walk-through experience and unrivalled access to some of the most amazing and endangered animals in the world.
Lion Country is home to the pride of lions rescued from a run-down zoo in Romania.
Visitors can also enjoy the new £1.2 million in-door Monkey PlayHouse and Café with three play levels including climbing frames, towers, dens, slides, swings and rope bridges - in full view of the new Baboon reserve through a glass wall.
As well as the Giant anteater, four Giraffes are also enjoying their first Summer at YWP.
There is also Leopard Heights, the world’s largest and most spectacular leopard enclosure. Home to Amur Leopards, the most endangered big cat on the planet, it is spectacularly designed with an 8 meter tall viewing tower and 10-metre long glass viewing window.
Meanwhile, .visitors almost feel a heartbeat from nature as they cross a 150metre walkway to observe the stunning Amur (Siberian) Tigers among waterfalls and pools. Sayan and Vladimir are among less than 400 Amur Tigers left in the world and are part of a crucial European wide breeding programme.
YWP is home to a huge variety of animals from around the world - Zebra, Antelope, African Hunting Dogs, Meerkats, Wallabies, Squirrel Monkeys, Camels and lots more.
Voted Yorkshire’s Most Magnificent Attraction 2012, YWP is the UK’s most acclaimed and fastest growing tourist attraction and offers a fun filled day for every member of the family.
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