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|Title:||Michaela Strachan visits Yorkshire Wildlife Park|
|Author:||Yorkshire Wildlife Park |
|ID & Publication:||20140711035 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
TV star Michaela Strachan thrilled thousands of children and their families during a fun-packed weekend at the award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
The presenter of BBC favourites Countryfile and Springwatch entertained more than 5,000 visitors as YWP’s Summer entertainment got into full swing.
On both days, she presented her own children’s show at the Animal Action Theatre.
And on Saturday – which was Animal Action Day - she joined in the first of this year’s hugely popular Safari Nights, hosting a special evening talk on animal conservation.
As well as Michaela, visitors were able to enjoy YWP’s unique collection of some of the most beautiful and at risk animals in the world after hours, the Doncaster concert band, a hog roast and a spectacular bangless firework finale.
YWP Director Cheryl Williams said: ’It was an incredible weekend – and it is just the start of our Summer programme!
‘ We are delighted so many came to enjoy the weekend whilst also raising funds for our own charitable foundations and other charities to protect endangered species.’
The action keeps rolling at YWP with the next Safari Night on Thursday which features One Direction tribute band - Only One Direction.
Meanwhile, YWP’s rare Amur Tigers celebrated Global Tiger Day on Tuesday by keeping cool – much to the enjoyment of visitors.
There are only 350 surviving Amur Tigers in the wild.
And YWP's endangered Vlad, Sayan and Tschuna , part of the European breeding programme, made the most of the water to take the heat out of the Summer’s day – taking a swim and lounging by the waterfall and soaking up the spray,
Director Cheryl Williams said:’ There really is so much happening this Summer – there is never a dull moment. This year's Summer programme is the busiest ever and we also have also added more animals to our collection, which includes some of the world's most beautiful and at risk species.’
YWP is the UK’s fastest growing walk through attraction and a major force in the protection of endangered species from around the world.
The Animal Action Weekend featured a special programme of events during which endangered species were showcased. There were also special ranger talks with proceeds going to a range of charities protecting endangered animals including the YWP Foundation.
It was formed in 2013 with the aim to advance the education of the public in relation to the conservation and welfare of exotic and endangered wildlife both in the natural habit and in captivity.
YWP 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.
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 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).
For more information about YWP's Summer activities and the Safari Nights on July 31, August 7, 14, 21 and 30 visitwww.yorkshirewildlifepark.com
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