The Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster opened in April 2009. The site used to be Brockholes Farm Visitor Centre and Riding School. The Park has seen a new lease of life due to its animals, which include Meerkats, Zebras and Lions.
Visitors can walk among the animals and feed them, including in the wallaby sanctuary. Recently a Joey (a baby wallaby) called Charlie was hand-reared because his mother died…
Charlie has been hand-reared by one of the Park Rangers, Diane. At night he sleeps in a rucksack and during the day he hops around the office.
Animals from the African Plains - Antelopes, Zebras, Ostriches, and Ankole Cattle (pictured) which have the largest horns of any cattle in the world - share a 17 acre field.
Park Manager Cheryl Williams explains why the animals are kept in large fields: “We wanted to get away from individual paddocks of animals and let them live in a more natural habitat." Pictured are six Bactrian Camels.
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is based just outside Doncaster town centre and occupies 70 acres of a 260 acre site. The land is a variety of green fields and forests.
Bella (pictured) and Buster are Red River Hogs. Their natural habitat is in Africa, although these two hogs came from Edinburgh Zoo as part of a breeding programme. But how do you get hogs to breed?
Cheryl Williams explains: "We have seen them try. All you need to do is leave them in their natural environment and let them do what they do. When they are relaxed and happy, that is when we will hopefully hear the patter of tiny hoofs."
Ring tailed Lemurs come from Madagascar and love the sun! This photograph is the perfect family photograph. Mum, baby son and Dad pictured – Humbug, Casper and Tink relaxing together.
"The Meerkats steal the show," admits Park Manager, Cheryl Williams. "Kids love them but they are very bold and fierce. Don’t even think about having one as a pet.”
And now, the moment that everyone has been waiting for: The 13 lions from Romania which were unveiled to the public in May 2010.
Many people may not be aware but the lion enclosure is divided into three parts for the three prides. They cannot be mixed together because of the dominance of the males.
Johnny Senior is the eldest of the 13 lions. The next project for the Park? Cheryl Williams explains: "We are continuing to develop the park. We're not entirely sure what is next but we guarantee that it will be exciting."
Joe helped build the new lions' enclosure: "They have really changed from when they were first released. Their fitness has improved. You have to remember that the lions had only walked on flat ground. so to tackle a contour was a new challenge for them."
The lions are unfamiliar with their new surroundings because in Romania they were in a row of small cages. £150,000 was raised towards the rescue and care of the animals. In total the lions project has cost £300,000.