Meerkat’s simples Christmas treat

Youngsters with the Meerkat Santa at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Youngsters with the Meerkat Santa at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
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HAVE yourself a very meerkat Christmas at a grotto that delivers some real animal magic - simples!

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is serving up a seasonal treat with a difference this Christmas - the world’s first meerkat Santa Claus.

But rather than dishing our car insurance, this meerkat will be serving up a few gifts and goodies.

The furry Father Christmas arrived at his special grotto at the award-winning park on Saturday when the Doncaster Concert Band serenaded his arrival at his new home with a few seasonal carols.

Hundreds of visitors braved the cold to pack out the Branton-based park for the cuddly creature’s arrival.

Park director Cheryl Williams said: “The YWP wants to play a big part in helping our visitors celebrate the Christmas festivities.

“It has been another record year for us and we want to thank all our visitors for their support. You won’t find a better place to have a fun filled day.”

Children can journey into Kalahari Desert to receive a gift from Meerkat Santa for just £5 after paying to enter the park.

As well as the Meerkat Christmas experience, the park is also offering a huge variety of Christmas gifts including adoption packages for animals ranging from leopards to lemurs, to the famous lions rescued from Romania, to endangered painted dogs to Santa’s meerkat helpers.

They include an official adoption certificate, a fact sheet with a photograph of your adopted animal, and a complimentary adult ticket to visit the park.

And for some selected animals in addition to the main package for an extra £20 for a 20 – 30 minute session, the adopter gets to meet their adopted animal.

The park is also offering gift packages including behind the scenes tours, a change to shadow a park ranger and junior ranger tours as well as Christmas dinner meals at the venue’s cafe.

The Meerkat Santa will be in residence in his grotto every weekend until December 23.

Prebooking is recommended, as slots are limited.