At the weekend we visited the Yorkshire Wildlife Park for the very first time. I had heard some excellent reviews of the zoo and wanted to try it out for myself.
The tickets for the Yorkshire Wildlife Park are extremely reasonable and much cheaper than many other zoos. By booking in advance, you will save a few extra pennies too! An adult ticket costs £16.00 – £18.00 and a child’s ticket £14.00 – £15.00. To see the latest ticket prices, see the website for more details.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park – Our Thoughts
Whenever we visit a zoo or wildlife park, our first consideration is the welfare of the animals. We have been to some places in the past where the enclosures are far from perfect. Yorkshire Wildlife Park clearly puts the welfare of its animals first.
Their residents are kept in huge enclosures (that don’t look like enclosures at all). Fences are kept to a minimum. This not only enhances the visitors’ experience but most importantly feels more natural for the animals. The wildlife park is located in a huge woodland so trees and natural greenery surrounds the attraction. Some of the enclosures are open for the public to walk through – such as the Lemur Wood, the South American Viva and Wallaby Walkway.
The park is rather large covering 70 acres. It is worth figuring out on the map which routes you will be taking on arrival!
There are plenty of toilets located throughout the park. There are a number of playgrounds and indoor play areas for children. We let Aurelia play in the ‘Jungle Lookout’ for half an hour – it is a huge playground! Perhaps the best playground we have ever seen. I’m sure Aurelia could have spent a full day on this playground alone.
You will find ample picnic benches and seating areas throughout the park. The
Here are some pictures of our favourite animals.
The baby baboons were especially adorable.
We were fortunate enough to see the lions just before they were fed. The roars coming from these beautiful creatures were terrifyingly loud.
We were particularly excited to see the polar bears as none of us had ever seen one before. Their enclosure was absolutely huge!
The Tigers were sunbathing. Even from quite a distance away, they looked huge! They only stirred when they heard the keeper preparing their food
We had a close up encounter with the giraffes at the ‘Giraffe crossing’. This is a road which the giraffes cross to get from one enclosure to the next!
Animals in this enclosure include Zebras, Rhinos and Kafue Flats Lechwe
These fury little animals are so cute! Aurelia spent ages watching them run up and down the trees.
Being able to walk through the Lemur Woods enclosure allows visitors to get up close and personal with the lemurs. These playful creatures are totally unphased by the presence of humans. In fact, I think this little fellow was posing for the camera!
South American Viva
Walking through the South American Viva enclosure, we encountered Squirrel Monkeys and Maras sunbathing.
Wallabys jump along the paths in the Wallaby Walkabout enclosure. My daughters adored the Joeys. They counted the Joeys popping out of their mothers’ pouches.
We would highly recommend a visit to Yorkshire Wildlife Park if you’re looking for a fabulous fun family day out!