The animals at award winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park were keeping their cool today – with a series of treats.
As temperatures soared to around 80 degrees staff were kept busy handing out frozen snacks.
The lemurs, squirrel monkeys and meerkats all enjoyed lollies while Bella the hog cooled off with an ice block.Meanwhile, the tigers took full advantage of using their pools and waterfalls to cool down.
YWP Director Cheryl Williams said: ”It’s great to see the animals enjoying the sun and their special ice-lollies, the tigers have loved jumping in the pools. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the visitors to see something a bit different too.”
YWP is celebrating its 5th birthday with a fun filled summer programme. Visitors will be able to enjoy the hugely popular Safari Nights as well as an appearance from TV favourite Michaela Strachan.
Thousands are expected for each Safari night as they get the chance to see YWP’s unique collection of some of the most beautiful and at risk animals in the world after hours.
At the same time, they will enjoy the Doncaster concert band, a BBQ, hog roast and a spectacular bangless firework finale.
Meanwhile, TV wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan will be at YWP for Animal Action day on July 26 for a special programme of events during which endangered species will be showcased.
There will also be special ranger talks with proceeds going to a range of charities protecting endangered animals including YWP own foundation.
The summer of fun marks the park’s amazing growth in just five years into the UK’s fastest growing walk through attraction and a major force in the protection of endangered species from around the world.
The park, in Branton just outside Doncaster, offers an unrivalled opportunity to come face to face with Amur leopards, tigers, painted hunting dogs, lions, giraffes, meerkats, wallabies, camels, giant anteaters, zebra and many many more.
New for this summer is the Safari Village, offering a wide variety of distinctive gifts. The 600 square metre village, complete with its own café and a much larger YWP shop, also features outlets selling crafts, artwork and décor.
The Safari Village, which can be sampled without entering the Park, is a perfect drop in for visitors before and after enjoying the magical walk-through experience of YWP.
There is also the weather proof 600 sq m Monkey Playbarn – the perfect place to stay out of the sun with a drink.
Children can enjoy three levels of play equipment, including climbing frames, dens, slides and rope bridges - in full view of the new baboon reserve through a glass wall.
Next door is the new Zoom Super Slide Barn, which has an Astra slide and two drop slides (height restrictions apply).
Cheryl Williams added: “Every year we make sure we improve YWP for visitors by adding to the experience. We are in for a very special Summer as we celebrate our 5th birthday.”
For more information about the Safari Nights on July 26 and 31 as well as August 7, 14, 21 and 30 visit www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com