A couple years ago on my birthday was the first time we went to Yorkshire Wildlife park in Doncaster, and we’ve been back several times since as they are always adding new sections and animals. The winter months are a great time to visit as all of the animals seem to be quite active (especially in the morning/early afternoon) and you don’t have to fight the crowds for prime viewing space. When you first walk into the park, you are greeted with a sand box full of meerkats. I don’t know what is is about these little animals but they are hilarious to watch. They chase each other around, dig in the sand, and sit themselves in the funniest positions. There’s a little inside section with a heat lamp they can sit under or climb on to warm their little bodies. Right next to the meerkats are these little orange foxlike animals. I can’t remember what they are called but must be they get along ok with the meerkats as a few found their way over to their pen somehow. Next to the meerkats are these adorable little fluff balls called racoon dogs. They looked so cute but they had a protective wire around so must be they are clever little things who either try to bite people or escape, or both. There’s also a huge area where the goats and sheep roamed around, and you could walk in and pet them. This goat was particularly enamoured with Adam. Look at his white beard! My favourite part was feeding the wallabies. These things are the most adorable little bouncers ever, and will love you lots, but only when they are hungry and you have food. We arrived first thing in the morning so got in on the very first feeding. Since it was the end of January and quite early, there were only a handful of other people with us so we got lots of attention from these hungry wallabies. Adam spent a little too much time with the wallabies and started to pick up their bouncy habits. When it’s not feeding time, the wallabies laze about and mainly hide behind the ropes near their houses to get a break from everyone. You can walk into the wallaby enclosure at any time and are free to pet the ones roaming about, but they ask you to respect their privacy as well and not step over the ropes.
Today is my birthday! Having a January birthday can sometimes put a damper on plans (growing up in New York I’ve had my fare share of cancelled birthdays due to snow storms). In England the weather tends to be a lot milder, which means outdoor activities can still be on the cards.
This was the first time we had been to the Yorkshire Wildlife park, back when there were only a dozen or so animals. They keep adding more and more as they have tons of space to do so. It’s a great place to see the animals in a bit more of a natural environment as they have a ton of space to roam around as opposed to a zoo with limited space. In the next few posts I’ll talk about the other animals that you can visit, as there’s too many to put in one go.
If you would like to plan a visit or see what new animals have been added, you can always check out their website here.