If ever scientists crack the code and bring back dinosaurs, I know who my first choice of people to run the new Jurassic Park would be.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park and its team are a shining global beacon of how to run a zoo (for both animals and human visitors), and that has translated into unrivalled success.
If you haven’t been, you really should. Massive enclosures, huge variety of impressive and happy animals and a price tag that won’t break the bank.
If that isn’t incentive enough to visit this roarsome place, then maybe their huge new Polar Project is. The first mammoth enclosure of four is now home to a captivating polar bear called Victor. He’s massive, loves a swim and knows how to swagger for the crowd.
The elevated vantage point for visitors gives unrivalled views – a trend throughout the entire park. Every enclosure’s been painstakingly thought out to give you a front row view, and the creatures a habitat to thrive in.
Away from bears, Lion Country has pride of place near the entrance and home to these majestic creatures. Land of the Tiger takes you an elevated walkway through their turf and Leopard Hides takes you high to grab some great views of the residents.
It’s also a good place to have a picnic – I can honestly say we’ve never munched a cheese butty that close to a leopard before.
The giraffes are breathtaking and the baboons are, well, cheeky monkeys. Also noteworthy are massive indoor and outdoor play areas, a new shopping village and superbly friendly staff. Final tip – head clockwise on your way in to avoid some of the crowds who tend to head straight for the lions.
Prices: Adults £15.50, children £12.50, under 2 free (see website)
Opening Times: 10am to 6pm
Address: Off Warning Tongue Lane
Car Parking: Free
Attraction Website: www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com
Telephone: 01302 535057
Sat Nav: DN4 6TB
For more days out see www.yorkshire.com