14 months and one minor apocalypse since my last outing, it’s time to return to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and to see how work on the the new expansion has progressed. And progressed it has!
And back to Yorkshire Wildlife Park for another trip to visit the animals and to see the progress on their new expansion since last summer. Wherever possible, I have attempted to identify the elements shown from the various maps and presentations that are available on the internet however this is just a best-guess effort on my part.
Given the current circumstances, it’s likely to be my last trip for a while.
The current park is located in the upper left. The new area is being constructed in the lower right.
A map of the new area of the park. The majority of pictures will be from around the areas marked ‘A:A’ and ‘B:B’.
A bird’s-eye view of the expansion. The majority of pictures in this post will cover the top left of this illustration.
The new bridge. This comprises the primary link from the old park to the new park. Since last September they have completed the decking and hand rails and restored the fencing in the old park.
The south end of the bridge. Behind you can see a landscaped enclosure that will become part of the Grassland Reserve. Behind this reserve you can also see elements of the lakeside walkway.
The Grassland Reserve animal house.
The Grassland Reserve animal house with landscaping for the reserve behind it. The hill appears to be around two stories high.
Animal shelter built into the landscaping for the Grassland Reserve. This is very similar in design to the shelters within the lion enclosure, however, the lack of strong fencing around the Grassland Reserve suggests that a far less threatening species will be housed here.
The new bridge with the protected wetland to the left. Behind is the animal shelter for the African Cliffs environment.
The animal shelter for the African Cliffs environment.
A resident of the African Cliffs environment. I believe this is a hyena.
Another shot of the possible hyena in the African Cliffs environment.
A wide shot of the new park area. In the foreground we see the existing protected wetlands. To the rear is the new park entrance and support facilities.
From left to right across the centre:
- Ground works for future African-themed enclosures.
- African Cliffs hyena enclosure.
- African Cliffs animal shelter.
- Grassland Reserve enclosure.
- (Partially Obscured) The new access bridge.
Since my last visit the former Okapi enclosure has now been repurposed as a Roloway Monkey enclosure with the Okapi moving to near the tiger enclosures.
Roloway Monkey information board.
Outdoor section of the Roloway Monkey enclosure.
Roloway Monkey animal house.
North side of the animal house with viewing windows.
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.
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.
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.
Landscaping and enclosure (?) at the far end of the bridge.
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.
The hut/animal enclosure. To the back left you get a better view of the steelworks for the new entrance.
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.
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.