Blow away the winter blues by taking a trip out to Doncaster’s award winning wildlife park. Enjoy the walkthrough animal areas and come closer to the animals than you would imagine.
The Amur tigers Vladimir and Sayan like the cold weather – as it is reminiscent of their Siberian homeland! They can be seen at Land of the Tiger, where visitors have views of the tiger reserve with its woodland and waterfalls from a 150m walkway.
Like many animals, the lions are more active during the cold winter weather than they are in the summer sunshine. The three prides, headed up by Johnny Senior, Johnny Junior and Cezar can be seen out in Lion Country. The daily ranger talk about their rescue from a run-down Romanian Zoo is not to be missed!
There is a whole programme of ranger talks and feeding times throughout the day – don’t miss the feeding time in Lemur Woods with the lively lemurs. There are three species of lemur here – the black and white ruffed, the brown and the ring-tailed. Look out for Humbug, mother of twins earlier this year.
The capybara are less likely to be swimming in the pool in winter, but they are just one of 5 species of animals that you will see in South America Viva. Visitors walk amongst the animals here and in addition to the capybara, who are the largest rodent in the world, can also look out for the Mara or Patagonian hare, the Agouti (a smaller rodent), the rhea, a long legged flightless bird and the mischievous squirrel monkeys.
There are play areas too – in Spring Woods children can climb and explore the towers and bridges in the Forest Adventure Playground. If the weather is wet – children can still let off steam in the Jungle Playbarn where there are astraslides, drop slides and a soft play area for younger children.
Opening a window for visitors into the park’s global conservation mission, the north’s outstanding wildlife attraction brings families some of the world’s most beautiful - and at risk - species. For a more indepth experience at the Park, visitors can book a VIP Tour with a Ranger or Shadow a Ranger. Budding zoologists can also enjoy a taste of working at Yorkshire Wildlife Park with the Junior Ranger Experience.
Open 10am – 3.30pm (ark closes at 4.m) Adults: £8.50 Senior Citizen/Student: £7.50, Child: 3-15 £6.50. Visitors can book online at or buy tickets at the park. Go to Yorkshire Wildlife Park or telephone (01302) 535037.