Coronation Street star Lucy-Jo Hudson answered the call of the wild when she dropped in at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to mark World Lion Day.
The actress, a regular in the TV series Wild at Heart, got her visit off to a roaring start by helping feed the lions at the 90-acre park.
Her visit helped to raise awareness about the plight of lions and help support fundraising by the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation (YWPF).
Lucy-Jo, who played young vet Rosie Trevanion in the series set in South Africa, is a keen supporter of wildlife projects.
YWPF Trustee Cheryl Williams “It’s great to welcome Lucy-Jo as I know she shares our love of animals and appreciates the need for conservation,”
“Their numbers are dwindling at an alarming rate and the World Lion Day campaign is close to our hearts.
“Lucy-Jo was brilliant in Wild at Heart and we hope she enjoyed meeting our pride of lions and helping us raise awareness so these beautiful animals can be saved for future generations.”
The Doncaster Lions are launching a year of fundraising to support YWPF’s conservation and welfare initiatives to help lions.
The Foundation is currently funding a three year programme at a cost of £34,500 in Mozambique to help save lions at the Niassa National Reserve. This project is paying for a range of new measures including the recruitment of rangers to track, monitor and protect the lions.
The park, the nation’s No.1 Walkthrough Wildlife Adventure, is home to a pride of lions rescued from terrible conditions at a Romanian zoo.
The public backed a campaign to save the lions and they now live happily in a nine-acre reserve at the park, at Branton, Doncaster.
World Lion Day is part of the global campaign to save the majestic animals whose numbers are under threat.
In 1975 there was an estimated 250,000 lions in Africa today the population stands at a mere 25 to 30,000.