Video: Animal magic draws crowds at Tropical World re-opening in Leeds

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An array of weird and wonderful creatures have been meeting the public for the first time as Tropical World re-opened its doors after a major refurbishment.

The new and improved Roundhay Park attraction had to be opened a little earlier than scheduled yesterday (March 24) as excited visitors flocked to see the animal magic.

Meerkats at Tropical World , Roundhay, Leeds

Meerkats at Tropical World , Roundhay, Leeds

The centre now boasts new arrivals including an octopus, seahorses, stingray, dart frogs, Asian Tigerfish and a red-bellied piranha to add to its animal roster of butterflies, birds, fish, reptiles, meerkats, monkeys and bearded dragons. Other improvements include a new aquarium, toilet block, rainforest-themed mosaics and a conservatory extension to the cafe.

The wildlife wonderland has seen over £1.5m invested - through Leeds City Council and the Ziff family - since the two-phase project was first given the go-ahead in 2012.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for cleaner, safer and stronger communities said: “I am delighted to say that Tropical World is now open to the public once again following a fantastic and wide-ranging improvement programme which was certainly worth the wait.

“There really is something for everyone so don’t miss out on your chance to see a variety of new exotic animals and experience fantastic attractions and facilities such as the new aquarium and café conservatory.

A clown fish at Tropical World

A clown fish at Tropical World

“The scale of the refurbishment would not have been possible without the continued support and generous funding from the Ziff family and on behalf of the council I would like to offer our deep thanks and gratitude for their help.”

He added: “We are very excited by the changes and improvements that have been made to Tropical World, and it was fantastic to see members of the pubic share our enthusiasm, which is why a decision was taken due to demand, to open a little bit earlier than the advertised time.”