Yorkshire Wildlife Park have an update on Hamish, the new addition to their Project Polar reserve. Hamish, is a three-year-old, that was moved down from Scotland on Wednesday. At three years of age, it was recommended by the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) that he leave his mother and make his way into manhood.
Welcoming Hamish, YWP’s Carnivore Team Leader, Kim Wilkins said: “So we’ve had a really exciting day here today at Yorkshire Wildlife Park Hamish From Highland Wildlife Park In Scotland has come to join us at our Project Polar reserve.
“He is going to be a friend for Nobby. We have just got to let him settle first. He has come out of his crate and he has settled into his house, we’ll give him a little bit of time and then when he’s ready he’ll go out into our wonderful big reserve, he’ll start out on his own at first and then when he’s ready we’ll make sure that he’s got a play mate along with Nobby.
Updating us on Hamish on their website, YWP have said how Polar bears are intelligent animals that need a lot of space and a complex environment to challenge their curiosity. Project Polar is one of the ‘biggest polar bear reserves in the world.’ Each reserve is designed to ‘replicate the Arctic tundra, each covers over 10,000m².
Dr. Matt Hartley, Head of Animals at the park, “YWP is also committed to our conservation work for bears in the wild through the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation working together with Polar Bears International. I am sure that Hamish will be another great Polar bear ambassador. He will help us move forward in our fight to ensure polar bears can ultimately survive the damage climate change is causing to their environment.”
The Park intends to keep everyone up to date with Hamish’s adventures through its social media channels, so keep your eyes peeled. We can’t wait for lockdown to end so we can meet the big guy!