Yorkshire Wildlife Park signs up for worldwide nature survey

The lions at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
The lions at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
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Yorkshire Wildlife Park is taking part in a nationwide BioBlitz to record the hidden living species amongst its unique collection of some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful animals.

Visitors on Saturday will enjoy a four hour race to survey all forms of life in the Old Spring Woods and the Wetlands.

YWP Director Cheryl Williams said: “We are delighted to take part in BioBlitz. It is always exciting as you never know for sure what you are going to find lurking out there!

“We are expecting a big turn out as children, especially love finding all the insects and bugs. We have diverse habitats here at Yorkshire Wildlife Park with our wetlands, woodlands and grasslands and we have wide range of native species.”

She added: ”Conservation is at the heart of all our activities and it is vital to record and preserve data. This Bioblitz is a snapshot of wildlife at Yorkshire Wildlife Park which combined with all the other data will help build a picture of the nation’s native wildlife’s health.”

The Bioblitz results are sent to a national database, which monitors wildlife and helps the conservation of species.

The event at the award winning walk through attraction starts at midday on Saturday.

YWP staff will be helped by Tom Hayek of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and volunteers from the RSPB ,led by Trevor Bonham of the Doncaster RSPB Local Group, to identify species.

The wetlands observation will take place from the bridge at Land of the Tigers, where visitors armed with binoculars and telescopes will spot all the birds and other animals with the RSPB.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will be carrying out a minibeast safari in Old Spring Woods looking for all kinds of insects and bugs.

The Park is open daily all year round for visitors to enjoy the innovative walkthrough areas providing unrivalled access to some of the most amazing and most endangered animals in the world.

Lion Country is home to the pride of lions rescued from a run-down zoo in Romania, who now live in the extensive reserve with its lake and waterfalls.

The new £1.2 million Monkey Play House and Café is open all over the Summer and children can enjoy play equipment on three levels including climbing frames, towers, dens, slides, swings and rope bridges.

Visitors will also be able to see some of YWP’s most recent additions – the herd of Giraffes in their state-of-the-art £350,000 enclosure. Palle aged two, endangered Rothschild Giraffe Jambo, also two, Jasper who is 13 years and Behansin who is 8 years, arrived last Autumn.

YWP is home to a huge variety of animals from around the world - Zebra, Antelope, African Hunting Dogs, Meerkats, Wallabies, Squirrel Monkeys, Marmosets, Camels and lots more.

Voted Yorkshire’s Most Magnificent Attraction 2012, YWP is Yorkshire’s most acclaimed and fastest growing tourist attraction and offers a fun filled day for every member of the family.

For more information go to www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com