Stunning wildlife adventures are lined up for Half Term at the award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park

An adorable litter of endangered Painted Dogs will be thrilling visitors during a fun filled February half term week and the chance to get close to some of the most amazing animals on earth. 

Visitors will be mesmerized by the seven three-month-old African Painted Dog pups who are showing their mischievous charm as they explore their 8,000 square metre reserve featuring pools, caves, woodland and dens.

The birth of Painted Dog puppies to mum Thabo was a landmark in the conservation programme as they had become one of the most endangered canine species on the planet. Numbers have dropped from 500,000 in the 1900s to dangerously low levels of less than 5,000.

The jam-packed schedule includes fun activities for the family, an all-day programme of ranger talks and feeding times that bring wildlife conservation to life. The new Big Bugs and Deadly Bugs interactive shows are also popular with visitors.

The park, the nation’s No. 1 walkthrough wildlife adventure, is also celebrating International Polar Bear Day with events across Sunday, February 26, including a Polar Bear Trial to highlight the damage global warming is causing to their Arctic habitat.

Victor, the polar bear, is in fine form after his recent health and dentist check up which was completed successfully with a 30-strong team, including South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue officers.

The meticulously-planned two-hour operation saw the 18-year-old, who weighs in at 530kg, carefully lifted onto a special table for the veterinary team and specialist dentist Peter Kertesz, of Zoodent, to carry out extensive tests.

Victor got a clean bill of health and, once the anaesthetic wore off after 30 minutes, he got back to life in the world’s biggest polar bear reserve as if nothing had happened.

The amazing sights continue with  new stars, rare Black Rhinos Hodari and Dayo, who have settled in at the extended African Plains reserve.

Some of the many other animals around the Park include Amur leopards and tigers, Bactrian camels, Guinea baboons, Grevy’s Zebras, Giant otters and the park’s tallest residents the giraffe. 

The park boasts indoor and outdoor play areas,a variety of food outlets and its recently expanded Safari Village which offers a popular café and gift shops.

The weather proof 600 square metre Monkey Play Barn allows adults to sit back and relax with a coffee while children have the chance to enjoy three levels of play with a range of climbing frames, dens, slides and rope bridges - in full view of the baboon reserve through a glass wall.

The brave can try the Zoom Super Slide Barn providing hours of adrenaline filled fun, with an Astra slide and two drop slides (height restrictions apply) 

Since opening in 2009 YWP has become the UK’s fastest growing and most innovative wildlife attractions - offering families an entertaining and educational day out.

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