So I went back to Yorkshire Wildlife Park at the end of August to find that they’ve started work on their recently approved expansion.

The expansion comprises the lower right section of the map. Unfortunately, the map images on the YWP website are in quite a low resolution and are difficult to gain any sense of detail on. I’ve looked on the Doncaster planning portal and, while I think everything is there, I’ve not yet been able to beat it’s unwieldy interface into submission and find HD versions of the approved plans.

Map

First, a pair of shots taken from the leopard enclosure viewing platform showing the new connecting bridge in context with the existing park. The enclosure to the left of these images is the tiger enclosure.

YWP expansion contexed

YWP expansion contexed

The bridge up close. Height-wise it appears to be about 2 or so meters off the ground and runs between two areas of established wetland.

Bridge

Landscaping and enclosure (?) at the far end of the bridge.

Bridge and landscaping

A wide shot of the bridge. From left to right there is the steel frame of the new reception and conference centre, what appears to be a hut for an animal enclosure, landscaping, bridge and, to the left of the bridge behind the young-ish trees, another low building.

Wide context shot of the bridge

The hut/animal enclosure. To the back left you get a better view of the steelworks for the new entrance.

New hut/enclosure

The hut/animal enclosure. As well as the wooden hut you can see a wooden-posted fence with overhang and a metal gate in similar style to others in the park.

Closeup of new hut/enclosure

Given how the park has previously developed, it’s probable that the new area will open in sections (if, for no other reason than for animal management issues) and we’ll be able to see it expand as new areas are constructed.