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Yorkshire Wildlife Park YWP in 2015

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by veeboy31, 3 Jan 2015.

  1. veeboy31

    veeboy31 Well-Known Member

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    What have we got to look forward to...

    Project Polar finished (all 4 enclosures)
    Phase 2 Project Polar before Easter
    Arrival of new polar bears

    Extending the Wallaby enclosure

    Painted Hunting dogs in their full new enclosure

    Perhaps the start of the NOAH project (incl Indian Rhino)


    Wonder what else we can expect this year?
     
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    When i visited on the 28th December it was said at the Polar Bear,talk that it would be atleast 12-18 months if not longer,for all of Project Polar to be completed!!
     
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    That does not surprise me. Its a massive undertaking. They got on with the first one quickly so they could have a Polar Bear on display. Its not so important now to quickly have more. I wonder if after, say, the second phase is done, whether they might even fast-track another project(s) over this.
     
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    I hope so, need to get on with that orangutan enclosure ;)
     
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    The recent developments at YWP certainly sound exciting-good luck to them, there are certainly some other collections that should take note. I really should find a reason to pay a visit!

    I'm intrigued -

    Who owns the park and where does it get the money for these developments from?

    Does it get high visitor turnover?

    Who are it's closest rivals?
     
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    If they do that, they would become the first new holder of Orangutan in the UK for many years, since Paignton in...(was it 1996?) and Paignton themselves became the first new ones for many years before that also.

    Like you I hope they get Sumatrans- there are insufficient holders(IMO) in the UK.
     
  8. TeaLovingDave

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    Regarding your final question, YWP really has been taking advantage of a massive gap in the market; barring falconry centres, there has always been very little in the way of zoological collections in the northeast of England.

    If one assumes you mean collections of a similar or larger scale to YWP - thus disregarding small collections such as falconry centres and specialised locations such as Tropical World in Leeds and the seal sanctuary at Mablethorpe - the nearest rivals would be the following:

    Flamingo Land, located 63 miles north of YWP but probably not a big competitor as it is a theme park first and a zoo second, and is rather more difficult to reach. However the nearest major collection north of here is all the way up at Edinburgh Zoo, 250 miles away!

    South of here, the nearest large zoo is Twycross Zoo, 75 miles away - followed by Woburn Safari Park 120 miles away.

    To the east lies more or less nothing but a meagre number of small collections and then the North Sea.

    To the west, the nearest major rivals would be Chester Zoo - 100 miles away - and Blackpool Zoo, 117 miles away.
     
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    Maguari Never could get the hang of Thursdays. Premium Member

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    The park is owned by Yorkshire Wildlife Park Limited - but there is an associated charity as well, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation. I have heard it said that one of the major original investors in the park 'owns/occupies a senior position in' the company that does all the building work, which probably helps with costs, but I've never seen official confirmation.

    Well, we know in 2014 they had 500,000 visitors by the end of October: Yorkshire Wildlife Park

    Anecdotally, it's rarely quiet in the car park!

    Not really anyone - which is part of the secret of its success.

    There are a few nearby small collections (like Tropical Butterfly House, which is much more than it sounds but still small, and Wetlands Wildlife Park, mostly small mammals and domestics), but the nearest big zoos are Flamingoland, then Chester and Twycross - both two hours away. It fills an empty niche!
     
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    It's also a lot harder on the pocket as you (generally) have to pay for a zoo & theme park combined. Additionally, I don't think it's always open for the entire year.
     
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    Flamingo Land isn't open for the entire year as you say, although in the winter they do have selected open days just for the zoo. I myself have taken advantage of this a few years ago and I plan to in the next few weeks. Saying that, the entry for the zoo and theme park is ridiculously high.
     
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    I think the arrival of the lions was a much bigger success than anyone anticipated and set them on the road to this success, along with a great eye for making the most of any publicity opportunities and delivering what people want in, as has been pointed out, something of a void waiting to be filled.
     
  14. veeboy31

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    Hmm when we went on the 1st January 2015, the keeper said she had expected phase 2 to be completed by now and seemed frustrated that it hadn't already been done. She expected all project polar to be done by the Summer 2015
     
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    Over the last year I have noticed that it can very much depend,on who gives a talk as to what you are told,and different people have a different take on how long things will take.Personally I cannot see it all being done within the next 12 months as they don't need to get it all complete at once,far better to do it a bit at a time and do it well like they have so far!!!
     
  16. veeboy31

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    Yes I agree. Perhaps the best and only person who will know is Cheryl Williams who owns YWP and can sometimes be seen around the park
     
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    I'm quite sure she'll have discussed it with a couple of other very important people who can also often be seen around the park! Not minding the lemurs, cooking burgers or helping in the shop these days though :)
     
  18. veeboy31

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    Been to Yorkshire Wildlife Park today (18th January 2015)

    Keeper gave update on Project Polar

    Enclosure 2 - ready for Easter (March 2015)
    Enclosure 3 - Ready Summer 2016
    Enclosure 4 - Ready in 2 years time
     
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    With the number of school visits they have, this development is much needed.
    Looks as if the Addax will be re-located, either within the park or onto pastures new, due to the amphitheatre plans. And the aviaries behind the stage will potentially be off show, leaving those in the woods redundant.