Record numbers visit wildlife park

Director Cheryl Williams with one of the new Giraffes at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Branton, Doncaster  seen eating a Oak tree branch in the background'See Story Martin Slack  Picture Chris Lawton   '01 October 2012
Director Cheryl Williams with one of the new Giraffes at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Branton, Doncaster seen eating a Oak tree branch in the background'See Story Martin Slack Picture Chris Lawton '01 October 2012
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Award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park has celebrated its best day ever – welcoming 7,500 visitors in just one day.

The popular visitor attraction at Branton, Doncaster, welcomed record numbers through the gates on Bank Holiday Monday as soaring temperatures helped boost attendance figures.

The bumper pay-day is the latest milestone for the park which has gone from a small local attraction with just a handful of animals to one of the most popular attractions in the region.

Director Cheryl Williams said: ”It is an amazing visitor figure in one day – more than we used to have in a month only a few years ago.

“It is clear our walk- through experience combined with the increasing number of animals and attractions is attracting ever-rising numbers of new and returning visitors.”

“This is giving a real boost to the local economy and area. We have lots of exciting plans for 2013 so hope to get even busier.

“We can’t thank everyone enough for all their support since we opened in 2009.”

New attractions for visitors – who bought 500 ice creams – included baboons and giraffes in their state-of-the-art enclosures.