Yorkshire Wildlife Park Has Just Welcomed Rare Red Pandas, Otters and Monkeys To The Zoo

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a great day out for the family, and with its new additions to the family, it looks like it just got better! Situated in Branton, Doncaster, TV Star Helen Skelton has helped to open two new animal reserves at Yorkshire Wildlife Park for rare animals and endangered species – including Red Pandas, Hyenas, Gelada monkeys and smooth coated Otters.

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Skelton received the honour of previewing the new summer expansion for the 150-acre zoo in Doncaster – and it’s safe to say, the new Red Pandas are our favourite addition (and we think they will be yours too!). Their cute faces will melt the hearts of anyone who sees them. Weighing in at around 7kg, this endangered species grows to the size of a house cat with 18-inch long fluffy tails. The pandas will be a part of the new Himilayan Pass reserve, one of two new reserves to be added to the zoo.

As well as the Red Pandas, the reserve will feature smooth coated Otters which are usually found in the valleys of the Himalayas in Asia. The new otters, Lukha and Miya, are said to have had ‘instant’ attraction when they were first introduced to each other at the zoo last week, fuelling hopes for them to breed.

Guests can now also experience the Ethiopia section, which is home to 13 Gelada monkeys – the last surviving species of grazing primates; as well as spotted hyenas and an outdoor children’s play area for the little ones to burn off some energy.

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CEO of Yorkshire Wildlife Park, John Minion said: “It has been a very hard year for us at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, with huge revenue losses from the lockdown and we have been very grateful for everyone’s support especially all those who have come back to visit the park since reopening.

“It is great to have some positive news and to welcome new animals to the park – we have lots more exciting things lined up for the future too.”

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