Yorkshire’s ‘most missed’ animal park, Doncaster, reveals when it hopes to reopen after the lockdown is eased.


The owners of Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Branton hope to be up and running again in just over a month, with April 12 as the opening date if the government’s roadmap for reopening remains on track.

The park revealed the plans after being voted Doncaster’s most missed attraction and an online vote organized by Visit Doncaster, the organization that promotes the borough’s tourism industry.

General Manager John Minion said: “We are disappointed that we have had to stay closed for the Easter holidays as the Botanic Gardens will be open, and it is traditionally one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year. .

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BBC Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton was able to get up close to the animals as she planned the park‘s summer expansion to Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Helen helps feed a red panda.

“It costs around £ 250,000-300,000 a month to keep the park closed. You can’t put the animals on leave, and animal welfare cannot be compromised either.

“It’s been a really tough year for everyone, but now we’re grateful to have a possible April 12 opening date, and we can’t wait to let people come back.

“It’s fantastic that we were considered the most missed – we also missed our visitors. “

Built on a former riding school and farmhouse, Yorkshire Wildlife Park opened in April 2009. It has over 400 animals and over 70 different species of animals.

BBC Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton was able to get up close to the animals as she planned the park’s summer expansion to Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

The site made headlines when it rescued a pride of Romanian lions in 2010, moving them from cramped cages to a spacious stash at their Doncaster site.

It has since added species such as tigers, leopards, giraffes, rhinos and polar bears to the list of species that live there.

Visit Doncaster hosted a Lockdown Awards which looked at what residents have missed the most in the months since we were able to go out and move around the borough when business was business as usual.

The awards have been organized around four categories, covering food, drink, tourist attractions and entertainment, all voted on by the public via social media.

Organizers said there were around 27,000 votes published in the awards.

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