Half Term fun at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Award winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park's animals were keeping their cool yesterday (Sunday) on the hottest day of the year so far.
Award winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park's animals were keeping their cool yesterday (Sunday) on the hottest day of the year so far.

The award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park will spring into action over the Bank Holiday break, with a fun-packed schedule for the school holidays.

The action runs all through the May Half-Term week with craft activities and a prize strewn trail around the park along with the highlight of the new Jungle Lookout outdoor play area.

The area, in the woods next to the Lemurs, features a six-metre-tall lookout tower, slides and jungle house inspired by the stilt houses of the lemurs’ native land, Madagascar.

The Jungle Lookout, which opens for the first time during the Spring Half Term, has all kinds of fun for all ages with a toddlers’ village for the younger children.

A busy schedule includes face-painting, competitions, the polar bear mascot and special feeding and enrichment events on different days for polar bears, giraffes, tigers, painted dogs and baboons

“It is going to be a great week with lots of fun things planned and the chance for our visitors to get close to the animals and learn more about how we care for them,” said Cheryl Williams, who is director of the park at Branton, near Doncaster.

“We’re excited about the Jungle Lookout and the tower is absolutely spectacular so we can’t wait for children to give it a go throughout Half Term week.

“We have a huge range of fun things, workshops and educational talks and special events with the animals.”

The May Half Term, which runs from Monday May 29 to Friday June 2, is also Love Your Zoo Week and a chance to celebrate the award-winning work conducted by the park with some of the world’s most beautiful and at risk animals.

Visitors can enjoy a mesmerising walk-through experience coming almost face to face with a unique animal collection including rare Amur Tigers, whose numbers have dwindled to less than 500 in the wild, along with critically endangered Amur Leopards, Giraffes, Black Rhinos and rare wild Hunting Dogs.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is also home to the country’s only four Polar Bears living in their ten-acre reserve Project Polar, which is at the centre of international conservation efforts for the the world’s largest carnivore.

The park, which opened in 2009, has grown to become the country’s no1 wildlife experience, offering families an entertaining and educational day out.

Visit www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com for full details of the Half Term/Love Your Zoo Week programme and to arrange your visit.