Turnover up at Doncaster’s Yorkshire Wildlife Park, “despite bad weather and no new animal attractions”

Turnover has risen at the company behind Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Turnover has risen at the company behind Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park achieved £12.2m turnover throughout 2017 - despite the impact of bad weather on visitor numbers.

These figures show growth for the company behind the popular Doncaster attraction, Wild Life Group Ltd, with an increase from £12m in 2016.

Pre-tax profit dipped to £3.4m from £3.8m the year before, but EBITDA remained steady at about £5m.

In their report accompanying these results, the director of Wild Life Group Ltd said the figures represented a ‘very good achievement considering the external constraints of visitors to the park, bad weather and no new animal attraction.’

The director added: "Severe weather at the start of the current year meant a slow start, however May was exceptionally strong resulting in £400,000 higher turnover than last year.

“The introduction of Ussuri Brown Bears in August 2018 has proved very popular and we are expecting a record trading month for August."

 Further growth has been achieved in 2018 with planning permission also secured from Doncaster Council for a £50m expansion, which will include new animal reserves, lakes and landscaping and a visitor support hub on a 150-acre site adjacent to the park. This would help the park increase its collection of more than 400 animals from more than 80 species, and create about 300 new jobs.

During 2017, Yorkshire Wildlife Park invested in the redevelopment of Lemurs Walkthrough and the Forest Play Area, as well as building new staff facilities with office space, a restaurant and a gym.

The Doncaster park currently attracts more than three quarters of a million visitors per year.