Thousands of people got to meet the newest addition to Doncaster’s Yorkshire Wildlife Park – as a record number of people flocked to the 70-acre park over the Easter weekend.
Around 10,500 people visited the Branton-based park on Easter Monday – when baby Bactrian camel Hadara made her public debut.
Hadara, whose name means adorned with beauty, joined the park hot on the heels of Pixel, the second polar bear who quickly broke the ice with 16-year-old veteran Victor when he arrived last month.
YWP Director John Minion said of the record-breaking weekend: “It was our busiest day ever. We have never had over 10,000 on a normal day before.
“We can’t thank everyone enough for all their support.”
Hadara was born to first-time mum Elizabeth on March 22.
The newborn had a difficult first week and had to have a helping hand from the rangers because she was struggling to stand.
Staff helped out with extra bottle feeds and last weekend she was able to walk outside next to her proud mother.
The park, which is becoming one of the fastest-growing tourist attractions in the UK, was full of the sounds of fun and laughter over the weekend as children enjoyed the celebrated Easter Egg trail.
There were prizes for those who completed a route taking in the unique animal collection including Amur Tigers and Leopards, and Painted Hunting Dogs along with Lions, Giraffes, Baboons, Lemurs and Meerkats.
They also enjoyed the weatherproof 600 square metres Monkey Play barn with three levels of play equipment, including climbing frames, dens, slides and rope bridges in full view of the baboon reserve through a glass wall.
Pixel, the two-year-old polar bear arrived from a zoo near Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, is enjoying his new Project Polar home, one of the world’s largest polar bear reserves spanning ten acres – about 8.5 football pitches – and divided into four sections, featuring landscaped hills, valleys as well as lakes and pools up to eight metres deep.