Hey guys!! This week, I ventured out of Hull and visited the Yorkshire Wildlife Park with my family. Yorkshire Wildlife Park is located near Doncaster which is about an hour away from Hull and it’s a great place to visit for all the family. The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is home to 300 animals and over 60 different species which include giraffes, lions, wallabies and polar bears!! I had a really interesting day out there and enjoyed seeing the variety of different animals!! In today’s blog post, I’m going to be reviewing the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and sharing my experience of going there.
When we arrived at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, the first animals we went to see were the painted dogs and the baboons. The painted dogs were relaxing in the sun when we saw them however the baboons had quite the audience and they were certainly playing up to it. The two little baby baboons were fighting over a little pink ball and one would snatch up the ball while the other one chased it trying to get it back. It was really funny to watch them fight over the ball while the older baboons just looked on calmly. The youngest baby baboon was so cute and my family were all in agreement that we wished we could take it home with us!!
The next animals we saw were the lemurs and we actually got to go inside the enclosure they were in!! They were jumping around on the grass and eating food although on previous visits to the Yorkshire Wildlife park some were swinging around on ropes that were above our heads!! There are two types of lemur at the Yorkshire Wildlife park – ring tailed lemurs and black and white ruffed lemurs. I prefer the black and white ruffed lemurs because they look cuter in my opinion!!
The next animals we got to see were the polar bears!! There were two polar bear enclosures with two polar bears in each of them. When we got there, two of the polar bears were in the water together either biting each other or kissing each other!! While we watched them, the polar bears walked around, got in and out of the water and ate some of the meat they’d been given to eat!! It was really interesting to see them interact with each other and to walk around and swim in the water in their enclosures!!
The next section we visited was the South American Viva enclosure which had animals such as squirrel monkeys and Mara’s in it!! A mara is a rodent which has the ears of a hare and the body of a small deer. I find them to be really cute although they have pretty weird eyes!! When we were walking around their enclosure, they were relaxing in the grass and one had laid itself out on the floor so it looked like it was dead!! The other animal we saw whilst we were walking around the South American Viva enclosure were some squirrel monkeys. Squirrel monkeys are naughty little monkeys which are unbelievably adorable!! Some had decided to hide in the plants and bushes in their enclosure whilst we were walking around and it was really cute to see a squirrel monkey hiding in a bush with its little head poking out!!
The next animals we got to see were the giraffes, zebras and ostriches since they were all in pens near to each other. Giraffes are my favourite animal ever so I was really excited to see them and they certainly didn’t disappoint!! One giraffe kept coming really close up to where we were standing and then going back to where all the other giraffes were stood eating so I took a couple of selfies with it!! As we walked down to the zebra pen, one of the zebras was walking away to join all of its friends and I just managed to get a photo of its side before it turned its back to us and walked off. The ostrich pen was the furthest down and there was just one ostrich there. The ostrich was pacing back and forth and moving it’s neck about. I found it fascinating to watch what these 3 different animals were doing.
After that, we went to see the tigers and the leopards. Both animals were doing the exact same thing- lieing down on one of the wooden stands in their enclosures. On previous visits, it has been hard to spot the leopards and tigers since they are really good at hiding and camoflaging themselves into their surroundings however yesterday you could really easily see the leopard and tiger relaxing on the wooden blocks.
The last animal we got to see were the lions. On previous visits, the lions have been asleep in their enclosure and haven’t been doing much but yesterday we timed it just right as when we finally got to the lion enclosure, one of the lions was walking around his area and he actually roared!! I’ve never heard a lion roar in real life before so I was fascinated by how the roar seemed to come from the lions belly and he didn’t open his mouth that much!! We finished off the day with an ice cream and a look in the gift shop which is home to a variety of different animal themed items. I bought an adorable little green rhino toy which is currently on my dressing table alongside my zebra and girrafe which I also bought from that gift shop on other visits beforehand. I really enjoyed my day at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and I can’t wait to go back again soon!!
I would rate the Yorkshire Wildlife Park 5 out of 5 stars!! It’s a great day out for the entire family and is home to such a range of unique and interesting animals!! They also have some great conservation work going on inside and outside of the park.
Thank you for reading this blog post!! What’s your favourite animal? Let me know in the comments!! There’ll be a new blog post out next week but until then bye for now!!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull