Recently we visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park for Jess’s second birthday . She loves animals and we wanted to do something special for her because it is not every day you turn two after all. The wildlife park, if you are not familiar with the wildlife park, is in Doncaster. It is close to the airport actually which means that it is only about an hour from us. It has taken me till now to actually visit and it has been open 8 years. The park is home to around 400 animals which means there is plenty to see we spent around 6 hours at the park. When we visited it was a Friday in September it was so quiet. I feel like we got our money worth because it only cost us £17 each. Jess was free because she is under 3.
The first animals which we saw on our trip was the baboons which had me in stitches. They were all cheeky and kept shaking the house as you can see them sat on. Another one decided they wanted to mount and try and make the house shake. The wildlife park seems to have a fair amount of baboons. They are smaller ones which are clinging onto their Mum or Dad. I think this is adore able it is a shame I could not get a closer picture of them.
The camels were one of the most unsociable animals when we visited they wanted to keep their distance from us. This could have been because it was very windy and they wanted to shelter from this. One of them, when we was watching had an itch and was scratching against the gate. This made me think he was doing it so that we would stay and watch them. There was a number of camels as you can see around 5 in this picture. There was more inside the barn. You can say for sure the camel are not going to get lonely at all.
Giraffe’s if you have read my Chester Zoo
review you will know are one of my favourite animals. So when we saw them walk this close to us it was actually amazing. When I took this picture someone had paid to do the feed the animal experience . This Giraffe was walking towards them to get the food it was at this point that Jess said Mr Giraffe go get tea she didn’t want him to miss food. I thought that this was adorable. I am surprised she was not scared by the size of them but this did not bother her. There is four of them and we got to see them all. They had a huge enclosure they share it with other animals. I seem to remember they were Zebras and Emus which can be found in similar parts of Africa.
The Lemur enclosure is one of those which is very special and different at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park because of the fact you are allowed to walk through their enclosure. This means you can see them swinging and jumping through the trees. This does mean that it can be hard to see them as they do blend in to the background. I think we were lucky I think they were just about to be fed when we walked through. As you can see they are chilling on the roof so I would say they were waiting to be fed as there was a keeper close to them. This is another species which Yorkshire Wildlife Park have a lot of.
Leopards apparently are an animal which you are not likely to see close up should the park be busy. When we went it was quiet and they are shy animals. Which means they are likely to be hiding at the back of the enclosure. We got to see the leopard up close. This is one which Jess loved we actually had to carry her away. The only reason we did it was the giraffe was getting fed around the corner from this. She may have loved it so much because of the colour she could see it very clearly.
The lions have a huge enclosure I think it is something like 8 acres. Which is the size of the complete zoo which they were rescued from in Romania. If you do not know the story of their rescue I suggest you google it but it is a sad one. So you might have to have the tissues at the ready. I think if I remember correctly Yorkshire Wildlife Park still have 8 lions. We actually got to hear the male one roar which did actually scare Jess because it was so loud. So this is something to keep in mind if you are taking a young child. I love how their enclosure seems to have different areas so they do not have to be on top of each other.
I think one of the cutest pictures I took this of the two giant otters having a cuddle. They were trying to have a nap because it is the most natural thing. I would love to be an otter because they look like they are such a chilled out animal. Yorkshire Wildlife Park has two giant otter I would like to see this increase. They are so cute and one which I would stay to watch for a while rather than becoming even more rare than they are currently.
Another animal which Yorkshire Wildlife Park is home to is the painted dogs. Which I did not realise had been renamed from wild dogs. This happened so they were more PR friendly as a blogger this amuses me because even animals want to be more PR friendly. There was a lot of painted dogs at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. I think they had been spilt into male and females I guess this was something to do with breeding. We spend a short while watching them and actually could hear some squeals from a hole. Which the males seem interested in. So I am wondering whether they actually had some pups at the time and this is why they were been a little bit secretive. I might have to visit again soon to have a look and see if they do actually have pups. As you can see the animals do get pretty close as a fan of animals this is amazing because I love being able to see them close up as long as they have enough room. The enclosures are not too small I can promise you this is not a problem here.
Polar Bears are something which you can only see at Yorkshire Wildlife Park . I do not think there is anywhere else in the UK where you can see polar bears which meant that this trip was special. Yorkshire Wildlife Park is home to 4 as you can see two of them they are pretty chilled out animals. They did end up play fighting I did manage to capture this if you visit my facebook
page you can watch it as well. There was actually a lady who said that she would love to have one as a pet. I think they are a little bit fierce for that and soon would eat you out of house and home. For tea they eat 40KG of Beef as well as eggs and carrots on the side. They are currently expanding their enclosure which hopefully will means they may get more polar bears.
Rhinos if you remember from my post of Chester
was one of Jess’s favourite animals. When we visited this time she was shouting Rhino all the way around the park. We had been telling her that we were going to take her to see them for her birthday if she was a lucky girl. The wildlife park is home to two rhinos which if I seem to be remembering correctly were actually white rhinos however, I could be wrong. I found it funny how they had the tyres as well as traffic cones in their enclosure so it means that they could have a lot of fun. Due to the fact that this is one of Jess’s favourite animal we did spend a little bit of time watching them because of the fact she did not want to leave them. I think if she could she would move into a zoo.
When you visit the wildlife park you do actually get a leaflet which tells you when the keepers are going to do a talk. We was near the tigers when they was meant to be one however, the keeper arrived . We did not realise that you had to ask them questions unlike Chester where they speak to the people around. So this is something to note if you are planning a visit. There were 3 tigers I think it was at the wildlife park. Again were lucky that they had just been fed so it meant that they were pretty chilled. They looked like they wanted to pose for pictures for us. They have a beautiful enclosure which you are on a platform looking over them which means that it feels more natural . There is not a lot of steel fences so you feel like they are less caged if you know what I mean.
Jess wanted a break from seeing the animals because it does get hard work. So we did visit one of the outdoor play parks and had a lot of fun. My favourite element of the play part was this bit with the sand which you got in a scooper. Then you had to winch up and they pour down steel slides and this one had a windmill which is spun. This is not something which I have seen before and for sure was a hit with Jess. She was on it for a fair amount of time. I think even Daddy was enjoying it just look at the concentration on his face. This is something which when it is warm I could see a child playing at for a long period of time because I know for sure we all enjoyed it.
I will say if you are going to visit the wildlife when it is not peak season be aware some of the cafe’s and food outlets will be closed. I think when we went there was only around two or three food outlets open. We did choose to eat because when you have a toddler they cannot last all day without been fed. So we stopped and made her a meal box which she got 5 items for £5 this included a sandwich, drink ,jelly, fruit and sweets. This did see a little bit expensive however, this was something which we was willing to pay. We did not want a grumpy Jess after all. Joe and I managed to get a panini, bag of crisps and a drink which actually was around the £7 mark. If there is a number of you may want to take your own food. We did not mind as a treat for a change.
Overall we had a great day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park I sure that this is a place which I will end up visiting again in the future. It is not that far for us to travel to be honest. It is actually our local wildlife park I think I want to see our polar bears again. There super cute I hope they get more in the future. I hope they bread them because this would be amazing. I would recommend visiting if you are not looking for somewhere huge like a zoo but somewhere which still has rare animals.
Have you visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park?