YWP is an abbreviation by which this park is referred to most times. The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in England. The Brockholes Farm Visitor Centre was operating there before this park was established. The Visitor Centre was closed for the public in November 2008. The park can be found in the member's list of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), as well as the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA).
In February 2010, the park helped 13 lions. Those animals were taken from a Romanian zoo, they were put in quarantine and then released into the newly established 10-acre, 4.0 ha, Lion Country enclosure. The Land of the Tigers contains two pools, as well as a waterfall. The Waterfall created next to a wetland reserve in 2011. Visitors can see tigers from a 150-meter, 490 ft, long raised walkway. The park gained popularity in its first few years, which started in 2009 with 66,000 visitors. However, the park hosted 323,000 visitors in 2011.
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park was established on land, which was 260-acre, 110 ha. However, nowadays, they currently have the territory about 100 acres, 10 ha, of the site. In 2008 Cheryl and Neville Williams, with their business partner John Minion, bought the site, and the funds were as well as from Lloyds TSB Commercial, a Yorkshire Forward grant, and private investors played a role here as well. In the Winter 2008-2009 calendar years, the site was redesigned, and after this was opened. The person who opened the site was Justin Fletcher, MBE, also known as Mr. Tumble from CBeebies, on 4 April 2009.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park Facts
- It was built on a former riding farm and school.
- It was opened in April 2009.
- The park has more than 400 animals.
- Park's different species of animals are nearly 70.
- The park creates an interactive, dynamic experience.
- The park increases the popularity of the natural world
- The park inspires the population to protect the animals.
- Cheryl Williams established the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation in 2013.