Yorkshire Wildlife Park smashes August Bank Holiday record

The sun was shining as record crowds basked in the late summer heat at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

More than 25,000 visitors flocked to the park as temperatures soared over the sizzling Bank Holiday Weekend.

Families had fun in the sun at the award-winning park as the animals lapped up the stunning weather with the giraffes, zebras and antelopes revelling in temperatures higher than Cape Town.

The lemurs took up their traditional sunbathing yoga poses, the rhinos took to their mud wallows while the polar bears splashed around and made the most of their huge lake, an acre in size and 7m deep in Project Polar.

Visitors kept cool with drinks and ice creams during the day’s fun at the park, at Branton, near Doncaster, and temperatures rose even higher in the evening as X Factor stars Rak Su and Saara Alto took to the stage for another Wild Safari Night concert.

The evening ended on a high note with a rousing performance of Nessun Dorma by soprano Elaine Huckle to the backdrop of a dazzling bangless firework finale display.

The super Bank Holiday Weekend capped a busy week for the park which hosted Channel 5’s Big Week at the Zoo which was televised every night last week.

“The weather this Bank Holiday has been amazing and it was great to see so many visitors enjoying all that is on offer across the park,” said CEO John Minion. “The animals were able to enjoy the sunshine but also, crucially, they were able to stay cool, doze in the shade and take dips in the pools and lakes when they needed. We managed to beat the record for the number of visitors every day of the August Bank Holiday."

“It was a great family weekend for Yorkshire Wildlife Park but the weather was great for all outdoor attractions across the count. Tourism is really important for the local and regional economy, creating many jobs both directly and through the supply chain."

“The Park attracts visitors from quite a distance but is also a great resource for the local community to enjoy being outdoors and close to nature.”

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. It is home to many endangered and beautiful animals including Amur Tigers, Amur Leopard and the striking forest giraffe, the Okapi.

The park is at the forefront of the conservation of endangered species and won praise last year for its rescue of three Ussuri brown bears from poor conditions in a Japanese museum.