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|Title:||YWP’s Rescued Pride Raises Money On World Lion Day|
|Author:||Yorkshire Wildlife Park |
|ID & Publication:||20130811025 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
Award winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park celebrated World Lion Day – with its rescued pride helping raise funds for lion conservation.
YWP’s magnificent lions attracted global attention when they were found emaciated and covered in sores in miniscule concrete cells in a Romanian Zoo.
In the world’s biggest ever lion rescue they were flown in 2010 from Oradea Zoo to the UK after a successful £150,000 appeal.
Ever since then, they have enjoyed the luxury of their new home– the 9 acre Lion Country - at the walk through wildlife park, which puts welfare and conservation at the heart of all its activities.
On World Lion Day this week, the lions, including Cesar, Adele and Ares, enjoyed a tasty treat during an enrichment session, designed to stimulate their natural instincts.
Meanwhile, there were special lions talks for visitors highlighting the plight of lions in the wild.
YWP Director Cheryl Williams said: ‘It is wonderful that after our lions went through so much they are now helping to raise funds to save lions in the wild in Africa, where these animals face a constant threat.’
The £500 collected on World Lion Day was donated to the Niassa Lion Project in Mozambique.
The project’s goal is to conserve the large carnivore populations in the Niassa Project’s Reserve by mitigating threats and promoting coexistence between carnivores and people.
Anti-poaching patrols have been launched to help combat snaring and the bush meat trade as well as protecting elephants and other carnivore species including lion, leopard, spotted hyaena and African wild dog.
Summer is the perfect time to visit innovative Yorkshire Wildlife Park, in Branton just outside Doncaster.
Set in 70 acres of countryside, the attraction provides a magical experience and unrivalled access to some of the most amazing and endangered animals in the world, including Amur Leopards and Tigers.
YWP is home to a huge variety of animals from around the world – Giraffes, 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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