Caroline Flint joined staff at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park this week to see the Park’s latest attractions.
Said Caroline: “The investment at the Park has been incredible, not least the Monkey Play House, where the play area is joined to the baboon enclosure by a glass screen. No wonder this Park is set to top 400,000 visitors this year.
“The growth in visitors is extraordinary, given the appalling weather so far this year – but the Park is fortunate in having lots of places of refuge indoors, when the showers come.
“I was hugely impressed by the facilities for school groups – no wonder over 33,000 school children visited last year.
“In just a few years, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park has transformed tourism in Doncaster. This site is unrecognisable from the petting zoo that used to be here. Every year, the Park has offered something new to visitors; from the lion pride to the tigers, the Amur leopards, and then the giraffes.
“Now the Park has huge plans for its wetland area – which I cannot reveal – but the Park is going to carry on adding surprises and features. It is amazing that an annual pass is just £45. John, Cheryl and Neville have really put Doncaster on the map.”
Said Joint managing Director, Cheryl Williams: “It was great to have Caroline here again. She has supported us from the outset. We are very pleased that YWP is going from strength to strength and is now one of the top Yorkshire Attractions – which is due to the amazing support that we have had from the people of Doncaster. We are proud that it is a real resource for local groups and school children and is making a positive impact on the local economy.”
During the visit, Ms Flint met Jasper, a reticulated giraffe, at feeding time.
PICTURES: Eating out of their hands – Jasper gets pally with Caroline and Cheryl Williams (photos courtesy of Sharon Scott/Acquire Images/YWP)