These are the last few animals I wanted to show you from Yorkshire Wildlife park, the big ones! Lions tigers and bears oh my giraffes. There are three different prides of lions, and they each have their own sort of island separated by water and fences so they can’t get each other. Yorkshire wildlife park has gotten a lot of their animals by rescuing them from bad conditions in other zoos, or if the places just couldn’t take care of them. This is how they acquired most (if not all, I can’t remember) of the Lions.I don’t have many pictures of the tigers because the first time we went, we couldn’t even find them! You walk over a bridge and look below to see them, and they have ample hiding spots among trees. When you walk a little further you come to the path and a more open area with a pond for them to hang out in that you can see below. On hot days/later in the day they will most likely be hanging out in the shade of the trees so keep this in mind if you visit. The giraffes were the latest addition when we went, and had only been there for a short time so were still quite shy. There were three and all three had slightly different markings and colours. Two of them braved the outside while we were there and the smallest one was especially curious.I loved that you could get so close to them, both outside and inside their new house. The structure behind the giraffe in the last picture is a viewing platform to see the leopards, but one had just come to the wildlife park the day before we came so he was hiding and acclimating to his new surroundings. Hopefully next time we go we can see him.
If you missed the other animal posts, you can find them here – 1, 2, and 3. I’d highly recommend a visit to Yorkshire wildlife park if you are in the area, or anywhere near to make a day of it. The staff that give the talks are informative and you can tell they really care about the animals. It’s also great to be able to get so close to the animals and see that they have plenty of space to roam around in.