After closing its doors back in January, Yorkshire Wildlife Park is set to come back with a bang, with new animals and a brand new reserve for guests to enjoy.
Opening on April 12th, the park promises that guests will get to experience the beginnings of their Yorkshire Hive development, which will gradually see more attractions, more restaurants and more shops within the park.
Arriving during lockdown, YWP is now also home to Lowland Tapir, Maned Wolves and a pack of Bush Dogs – who have all taken up residence in the brand new Atlantic Forest reserve, which will open for the very first time next week. The new reserve is the first of many, with Yorkshire Wildlife Park set to expand exponentially over the coming years thanks to new investment.
The park is expected to double as a result of the project, helping them to build on their conservation efforts and help to prevent the extinction of many of the world’s endangered animals.
Chief Executive John Minion said of their reopening: “We are delighted to have been given the green light to reopen the Park. So much has changed from our new entrance to our new arrivals in Atlantic Forest.
“We have been planning the expansion for several years now, so to be taking the first step of opening the new entrance and the first new reserve Atlantic Forest is amazing. This is only a small part of our plans for the next few years so watch this space and as restrictions lift over the coming months, we will be opening more exciting new developments.
“We are really looking forward to being able to reopen all our outdoor play areas and outdoor café seating areas and this will add a great extra dimension to a day out at the park. We are well practised now at implementing Covid precautions and we are lucky to be an outdoor attraction on a spacious site. Let’s hope that 2021 turns around to be a good year for all tourism in Yorkshire.”
Speaking of the new Atlantic Forest animals, Animal Manager Rick Newton said: “We are delighted how the new animals are settling in,
“It is fascinating to have three very different species as part of the new reserve, and I am sure that visitors will be excited to see them. The bush dogs are particularly active and inquisitive, I am sure they will become big favourites here.”
At the new Yorkshire Hive, guests will be able to visit a select mix of local independent shops and boutiques with no admission fee, with artisan food and drink, delicious sweet treats and confectionary, homeware, clothing, cards and accessories all on offer across the stores.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park will reopen its gates on April 12th, and tickets are on sale here.
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