Half term fun at wildlife park

Adele (left) and Ares, lion twins at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Branton.
Adele (left) and Ares, lion twins at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Branton.
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Children can attend a special character breakfast at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park on Friday.

Chomp the Meerkat and Geoffrey the Giraffe will join children at 10am.

Later, that day at 3.30pm, there will be a special ranger talk followed by the lion enrichment session, during which the pride will get a treat to stimulate their natural instincts. The day will be rounded off by a fancy dress parade.

All Half Term, visitors to the Meerkats can read the story about Ann and Arthur, and as they walk around the park see how many meerkat toys they can spot - hiding in some unusual places.

They can also look out for a life size Meerkat walking around the park (times vary daily) and be pictured with Chomp.

Visitors can follow the signs to see YWP’s character animals, including the giraffes, Buster and Bella the Red River Hogs, Khan the camel and Cuthbert the Ostrich.

In addition, there is a photography competition to see how many different species you can get into one photograph at one of YWP’s mixed species exhibits: South America Viva, Africa Plains, Lemur Woods and the Goat Contact Yard.

The special breakfast on Friday must be booked in advance and costs £5.50 per child. Adults can also buy breakfast. Entrance to YWP must be purchased in addition. For full details visit the website