Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Huge expansion plans for Yorkshire Wildlife Park
The exciting £50 million expansion scheme will see 150 acres transformed into an extension to the innovative park, making it a world class tourist destination.
The scheme will create 300 further jobs once work is completed, continuing to build on the park’s success story as a unique visitor attraction, animal conservation hub and crucial part of the local economy.
This is a game changer for Yorkshire Wildlife Park, the local community and a great asset for Doncaster and the surrounding area. The plans will allow the development of new reserves and the introduction of new species to continue the park’s conservation and welfare work.
There will be a wide range of supporting facilities such as restaurants, shopping and a destination hotel, as well as a visitor hub. The park, in the village of Branton, will convert land adjacent to its current site for the expansion so it can increase its collection of over 400 animals from more than 80 species, many of them endangered.
The park is speaking to local colleges and schools about jobs, apprentice and work experience opportunities while its education department will be increasing its acclaimed work, which has delivered education sessions to 33,000 school children.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park was founded ten years ago and has an international reputation for creating innovative animal reserves, contribution to conservation and keen champion of animal welfare. The concept of the walk through safari and creating an amazing visitor experience has made it one of the leading animal attractions in the UK.
It currently employs 300 local people and has contributed approximately £12.2 million to date to the local economy with visitor numbers rising year on year.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, added: “The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a fantastic success story and a great asset for Doncaster. It offers a superb visitor experience, delivers valuable conservation work, and provides hundreds of jobs and a multi-million-pound contribution to our economy. I welcome this exciting expansion, which is testament to the hard work of everyone at YWP.”
To learn more contact Michael Stanley on 01302 862454 or email Michael.Stanley@doncaster.gov.uk.