Yorkshire Wildlife Park has welcomed a record numbers of visitors flocking through its gates this summer.
The park’s six summer safari nights with music and fireworks proved more popular than ever with 12,882 providing a record single day attendance – compared to 8,200 last year in one day.
“It has been a wonderful summer and it’s been great to see all members of families enjoying the magnificent animals and the entertainment,” said YWP director Cheryl Williams.
The park has grown from virtually nothing to one of the UK’s fastest growing walk through attractions in just five years and has become a major force in the protection of endangered species from around the world.
Helping to boost numbers this summer was the arrival of Victor the polar bear who has become an instant hit with visitors and has quickly settled into his new enclosure, which will be the biggest polar bear pen in the world when it is completed.
As well as Victor, the park, formerly Brockholes Farm, also houses leopards, tigers, lions, giraffes, meerkats, wallabies, zebra and camels as well as many other species.
“We can’t thank all our visitors enough for making this Summer the most successful ever,” added Cheryl.