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|Title:||Yorkshire Wildlife Park Celebrates Pre Easter Arrival|
|Author:||Yorkshire Wildlife Park |
|ID & Publication:||20140411018 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
Award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park is celebrating a pre-Easter arrival – the birth of a cute camel.
The rare baby Bactrian camel, who was born on the 20th March made her debut in the outside reserve last week under the protective eye of her mother Lottie.
On Mother’s Day their affectionate display nuzzling each other had on-lookers swooning.
She will now be the star attraction alongside the other eight Bactrian camels during the Easter holidays. The baby camel has not yet been named but her name will begin with `G’ as will all the animals who are born in 2014.
Over the Bank Holiday weekend, visitors can enjoy a special Easter trail. There is a prize for children, who complete the trail around the park – with the final clue giving them the name of an animal that will win them a prize!
YWP Director Cheryl Williams said:’ We are all delighted at the birth of the camel calf. On Mother's Day she stayed extremely close to Lottie as she finds her way in the outside world.
‘She is already growing fast but is bound to be extremely popular this Easter.’
Yorkshire Wildlife Park puts conservation at the heart of all its activities and has been working with other UK parks in a transfer of breeding bull camels for genetic diversity.
Bactrian camels are critically endangered in their native home, the Gobi desert of Northern China and Mongolia.
Visitors this Easter will be able to enjoy hours of family fun at YWP, which brings them a heartbeat away from some of the world's most beautiful and rare animals, including the Amur Leopards, Tigers and the African Hunting Dogs.
This year there are two weather proof havens - – a giant play barn and the new Zoom Super Slide Barn, which has an Astra slide and two drop slides (height restrictions apply).
In the 600 sqm Monkey Play barn – the perfect place to warm up with a drink in the 120 seater cafe - there is play equipment on 3 levels.
Inspired by the climbing ability of real monkeys, the play area includes wooden climbing frames and towers, dens, slides, swings and rope bridges. There is also a soft play area for the under 5’s.
Children are transfixed by the antics of the baboons visible through a glass wall in their new enclosure next door.
YWP is home to a huge variety of animals from around the world - Zebra, Antelope, Giraffes, Meerkats, Wallabies, Squirrel Monkeys, Marmosets, Camels and lots more.
Meanwhile, Lion Country is home to the lions rescued from a run-down zoo in Romania. Endangered Amur Tigers Vladimir and Sayan roam in Land of the Tiger and there are the park's rarest inhabitants at 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 a spectacular design with an 8 meter tall viewing tower and 10-metre long glass viewing window.
Voted Yorkshire’s Most Magnificent Attraction 2012, YWP is Yorkshire’s most acclaimed and fastest growing tourist attraction and offers a magical day for every member of the family.
CAMEL FACTS - DID YOU KNOW?
The world’s remaining wild camels are so well adapted to their environment that not only have they survived nuclear tests, but they can even metabolize salt water. Massive in size with shaggy coats in winter to survive the cold desert nights, these camels have some amazing adaptations.
Their humps store fat (not water!) so that when food and water is scarce they can use these resources to survive. Their flat, fleshy feet allow camels to walk on the deep desert sand. They have leathery patches on their knees to stop them from being burned when they are kneeling on the hot ground.
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