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Council rejects Doncaster wildlife park's entertainment proposals

Doncaster Council has rejected Yorkshire Wildlife Park's application for a licence to hold live music events for up to 15,000 people.

Tigers at Yorkshire Wildlife Park Credit: Yorkshire Wildlife Park

The park was hoping to diversify into running entertainment shows and concerts.

However, some people living nearby objected to the plans amid fears that they would have an adverse impact on residents and animals living in the park.



TV Bill hoping to inspire at Yorks Wildlife Park

Bill Oddie Credit: Press Association

Wildlife expert and TV personality, Bill Oddie will be at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park today to inspire youngsters about the natural world.

The former Springwatch presenter will be taking part in Love Your Zoo Week, a campaign launched by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums ( BIAZA) to teach people about the important role of zoos.

He said: "Good zoos play an important role in conservation.This seems to be the case for BIAZA zoos; good zoos know it's no longer acceptable to just say "here's some animals...come along and wonder at them".

"At the same time, they are raising funds for captive breeding programmes for endangered species and reintroducing them to the wild. Let's also not forget that zoos offer people what could be their first contact with animals. Go your zoo!"

Yorkshire Wildlife Park welcome new arrival

Award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park is celebrating a pre-Easter arrival – the birth of a cute camel.

Proud mum Lottie with the new arrival

The rare baby Bactrian camel, made her debut in the outside reserve last week under the protective eye of her mother Lottie.

She will now be the star attraction alongside the other eight Bactrian camels during the Easter holidays. The baby camel has not yet been named but her name will begin with `G’ as will all the animals who are born in 2014.

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Online outrage as giraffe autopsy pictures emerge

Internet users have been expressing their outrage at the killing of Marius, a healthy giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo.

Read: Copenhagen giraffe 'killed and dissected for lion food'

Local Danish news agency BT said many families came to see the autopsy of the animal, performed by a member of staff in a white overalls and green gloves.

Pictures appear to show the member of staff explaining the process to the assembled visitors.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park said it was saddened to hear the news the animal was destroyed. It had contacted the centre yesterday to offer to rehome it.

Read: UK zoo offers to rehome Danish giraffe

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