New faces greet visitors as Yorkshire Wildlife Park reopens

Yorkshire Wildlife Park reopens Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Thirty new arrivals have been introduced to visitors at Yorkshire Wildlife park as it reopened its doors yesterday.

A baby boom during lockdown saw the birth of 15 joeys in the Wallaby Walkabout enclosure and two camel calves called Marvin and Melvin who are now out in the reserve with their mothers Elizabeth and Darcy and the rest of the herd.

Gelada monkeys Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Other new faces include a family band of 13 Gelada monkeys which has further expanded the collection of primates and an impressive duo of Spotted Hyena has joined the list of carnivores.

Safety measures have been introduced at the park as lockdown eases Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A variety of safety precautions have been introduced at the park to keep visitors safe as the easing of lockdown continues:

  • Numbers are restricted and everyone has to buy an advance ticket which has a timeslot for arrival. Annual passholders have to book a timeslot.

  • -There are increased cleaning protocols for the Clean Team and sanitising stations around the park.

  • - 2m distances are marked out in queuing areas. Signage around the park reminds guests to keep social distance, stay in family groups and wash their hands and friendly YWP rangers are on hand to help guests.

  • -Some areas have remained closed due to Government guidelines such as the play areas, amphitheatre and the visitors won’t be able to enter the animal walkthrough areas but will be able to view from outside.

  • -Surfaces such as viewing windows now have a stand- off barrier to prevent visitors from touching.

  • Takeaway food and drink options are available around the Park.

  • Pathways are signed to help visitors keep their social distance and some areas are now one way only.

It is great to see visitors back in the park again after so long. We know that the experience is different to what we can normally offer due to some of the Government restrictions but what people really come to see here are our amazing animals – and they are ready and waiting. We have space for our animals, and space for people.

CEO John Minion, Yorkshire Wildlife Park