A couple of Saturdays ago, my boyfriend and I packed ourselves a picnic, and drove down to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, near Doncaster. I really recommend it as a day trip out, especially for those with young ones, or if you love animals!
First of all. I’m going to apologise now, my pictures aren’t amazing. It was a very cold, very wet afternoon, and I only had my phone with me!
Here’s a list of the top three things I found most enjoyable about Yorkshire Wildlife Park:
The animals were actually out and about, despite the rain!
Some of our favourites included the tigers, who were clearly about to get their lunch as they were following around the keepers, and also the lions, who were very noisy too! So often I go to zoos and see the lions mooching around. This lot were up and about, chasing each other, and roaring away! It was so nice to see.
We got a really good feeling from the park that their animals were content, which again, isn’t something you always see in zoos.
So we’d been standing for a while having a good look into the first polar bear enclosure, where we could just about make out one polar bear in their little cave-shelter-thing, but as we wandered over to the second enclosure, out popped three polar bears!
I can’t remember ever seeing polar bears before, and neither could my partner, so this was quite exciting for us both. I think we were both a little surprised about how not-white they were, but this is clearly explained on the signs around their home. It’s all because, well, it’s not very snowy in Yorkshire.
We were also taken aback at how huge they were. I couldn’t get over how big their legs and paws were.
There seemed to be some building work going on around the polar bear’s enclosures. We wonder/hope that the park are going to expand their new-found polar exhibit. Penguins next, please?!
I’m not even a little bit ashamed of how excited I look in this photo.
Did you ever see such a photogenic giraffe? I didn’t think so. It was so awesome to be so up close to this wonderful animal, and Alex managed to get a perfectly timed shot here.
I had an absolutely marvellous afternoon at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. The tickets were so affordable, less than £30 for us both, and we were there for most of the afternoon, picnic et al. Yes, it was wet and cold and a bit crap weather-wise, but I’m hardly going to blame that on the park and I certainly didn’t let it ruin my date day.
For more information on the park, you can find their website here.