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|Title:||New Guests at YWP|
|Author:||Yorkshire Wildlife Park |
|ID & Publication:||20140611049 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
An amazing summer is starting at Yorkshire Wildlife Park with the arrival of some very special new guests.
The award-winning attraction has just welcomed a rare Amur Leopard, a rare baby Eland antelope and a Marmoset. Meanwhile baby Lemur twins have just made their first public appearance.
‘The public are in for a treat with all the new arrivals,’ said YWP Director Cheryl Williams. ‘They are significant additions in our continuing campaign to protect rare and endangered species and they are also magnificent animals to observe.’
Freya is the park’s first female and a landmark in the global battle to save the most endangered big cat species on the planet. Less than 45 remain in the wild and 220 in captivity, and the 70-acre park’s efforts are critical part of the European Breeding programme.
The two-year-old Amur arrived safely from Tallin Zoo, in Estonia, and experts hope she will pair up with Drake and that they will breed in the future.
Her new home will be the spectacular 6,000 square metres Leopard Heights enclosure where visitors can get unrivalled views from an 8 metre high platform and a10 metre long glass wall at the park, near Doncaster.
Director Cheryl Williams added:’ At present, we are allowing Freya to settle in in private out of the view of the public. It is likely to be some time before she out in the enclosure - then once she feels at home when the time is right she will be introduced to Drake, which is extremely exciting.’
YWP staff and visitors have also been thrilled by the birth of a male Eland calf who is being reared by his mum, Gunvor, and is thriving. The new arrival hasn’t been christened yet but his name will start with the letter G like all animals born in 2014.
Eland antelope numbers in the wild is being constantly monitored by conservation experts in Africa, where they are hunted for meat. Over hunting and habitat destruction threatens their survival.
’We are absolutely delighted at the birth,’ added Cheryl Williams. ‘The calf is significant - his mum was the first new line to come to the UK in many years and this establishes new blood.’
Meanwhile, a Marmoset baby was born in the first week of June - the first birth in the group for two years. There are now 12 Marmosets, the world's second smallest primate, at YWP .
Visitors will also soon to be able to see Dora, a white-faced scops owl, also known as the transformer owl for their ability to modify their shape to make it harder for predators to spot.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park is celebrating its 5th birthday this Summer, which will see the return of the hugely popular Safari Nights as well as an appearance from TV favourite Michaela Strachan.
Up to 10,000 guests each Safari Night are expected to jump at the chance to see YWP’s unique collection of some of the most beautiful and at risk animals in the world after hours.
At the same time, they will enjoy the Doncaster concert band, , a BBQ, Hog roast and a spectacular bangless firework finale.
Book now for the Safari Nights on 26 and 31 as well as August 7, 14, 21 and 30 at www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com
Meanwhile, TV wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan will be at YWP for Animal Action day on July 26 for a special programme of events during which endangered species will be showcased.
There will also be special ranger talks with proceeds going to a range of charities protecting endangered animals including YWP own foundation.
The Summer of fun marks the park’s amazing growth in just five years into the UK’s fastest growing walk through attraction and a major force in the protection of endangered species from around the world.
‘I am so proud to be a part of Yorkshire Wildlife Park, year after year we have continued to grow and have the great privilege of looking after some of the most beautiful animals in the world,’ said Director and Founder Cheryl Williams.
‘There will be so much to see and do this Summer as we celebrate our birthday.’
The park, in Branton just outside Doncaster, offers an unrivalled opportunity to come face to face with Amur Leopards, Tigers, Painted Hunting Dogs, Lions, Giraffes, Meerkats, Wallabies, Camels, Giant Anteaters, Zebra and many many more.
YWP has enjoyed record growth since opening in 2009 when it welcomed 66,000 visitors. This year over 500,000 visitors are expected.
New for this Summer is the Safari Village, offering a wide variety of distinctive gifts. The 600 square metre village, complete with its own café and a much larger YWP shop, also features outlets selling crafts, artwork and décor.
The Safari Village, which can be sampled without entering the Park, is a perfect drop in for visitors before and after enjoying the magical walk-through experience of YWP.
There is also the weather proof 600 sq m Monkey Playbarn – the perfect place to stay out of the sun with a drink.
Children can enjoy three levels of play equipment, including climbing frames, dens, slides and rope bridges - in full view of the new baboon reserve through a glass wall.
Next door is the new Zoom Super Slide Barn, which has an Astra slide and two drop slides (height restrictions apply).
Ms Williams said:’We continually adding to and improving the visitor experience which is why so many of our visitors keep coming back time after time. We are in for a very special Summer as we celebrate our 5th birthday - with more important news very soon!’
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