Wildlife Park set to host huge fundraising ball

Victor the polar bear at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Victor the polar bear at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

Guests will gather at Doncaster’s Yorkshire Wildlife Park tonight for a glittering ball that’s set to deliver a touch of animal magic.

Scores of people are set to don their finery for the Snow Ball which will be held at the Branton-based visitor attraction and is set to draw in thousands of pounds to help protect and care for endangered animals.

The park’s own charity, the YWP Foundation, will host the spectacular pre-Christmas evening which aims to look after species across the globe.

Guests will enjoy a champagne reception and four course dinner in the Tsavo Lodge accompanied by live music.

On the night, organised to coincide with Polar Bear week and support YWP’s Project Polar campaign, there also will be a grand auction with a number of brilliant prizes on offer to bid for.

These include a stay on a yacht in Porto Montenegro, a mini break at Victoria Falls with a safari river cruise, polar bear VIP experiences and a Doncaster Racecourse private box for 20.

Other glitzy prizes include a flight over the Wildlife Park in a private plane, a tour of the Emmerdale set as well as two Carling Cup Final tickets.

YWP director and foundation trustee Cheryl Williams said: “We are almost sold out and it looks like it will be a wonderful evening.

“Every penny raised will go to vital conservation projects so it is important we raise as much as we can.”

Tickets cost £65 plus VAT per person or £600 plus VAT for a table of ten.

The park puts conservation at the heart of all its activities and set up the Foundation in 2013 to continue its work in animal welfare and conservation with species such as Amur leopards and tigers as well as the most endangered carnivores in Africa, the Painted Hunting Dog.

The aim is also 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.

The Snow Ball will round off a series of successful fundraising days during 2014, including Animal Action Day.

Mrs Williams added: ”We have many vital conservation projects on the go so it is important that fundraising events are successful.”