Learn more about Giraffes as we celebrate World Giraffe Day

21st June marks World Giraffe Day – a day dedicated to one of nature’s gentle giants! Giraffes are breathtaking animals, see for yourself through these 5 amazing facts: Yorkshire Wildlife Park are lucky to house two subspecies of Giraffe including one endangered Rothchild’s Giraffe (less than 1,100 left in East Africa), two Reticulated Giraffe (approximately 5,000 left in the wild) …

Did you know these 5 Giant Otter facts?

With World Otter Day having just passed, we wanted to delve into the lives of these otterly fascinating creatures with a quick-fire fact-file! This is an especially pertinent day for Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation because of the Giant Otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) we support, who are currently marked as Endangered on the worldwide conservation status list. Devastated by poaching for their …

Giraffe Update with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), one of YWP Foundation’s partner charities, has been doing some inspirational work recently for Giraffes. They’ve estimated that there are approximately now 111,000 giraffes remaining in Africa, this number has gone up slightly however this is also due to their improved methods of counting the population. There are four different species of giraffe – Southern, …

Endangered Species Day – 17th May 2019

17th May marks Endangered Species Day; an opportunity for us all to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and conserving our wildlife. Only a week ago the world heard some terrible news that over 1 million species are now under threat from extinction due to humans’ actions. It is clear that we need to take action and work tirelessly to …

Run for Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation at Doncaster Half Marathon

The Doncaster Half Marathon is taking place on 9th June 2019, come join in the challenge and make the world a better place for animals all at the same time!  The Half Marathon course takes a scenic route through open country side and along wide roads, the end is made even sweeter as you cross the finish line in style …

Taking time to reflect on Earth Day

Earth Day 2019 will be taking place on Monday 22nd April, it’s an annual worldwide celebration which consists of various events and demonstrations in support of environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, now the Earth Day Network oversee many of the celebrations in over 193 countries. The Earth Day Network outline the three main issues they aim to …

YWPF pledges support to poop-sniffing dog helping map a giant wildlife sanctuary

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation are delighted to support Earther in their project to map and manage wildlife sanctuaries using dogs’ keen sense of smell to identify animal excrement. Train is a 12 year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever who is trained to detect the faeces of some of Argentina’s most threatened big cats. His findings help Argentina’s ministry of Ecology to better …

The modern eradication of the ancient leatherback turtle

Fauna & Flora International have shared some awful news with us this week. Turtles are among the most ancient living things on the planet – gliding gracefully through the oceans since back before flowering plants existed. To lay eggs, these gentle giants haul their huge bodies up the beach – it’s an exhausting procedure, but vital for the survival of their species.  And for …

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation helps to save endangered lemurs

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation are delighted to assist in an innovative project to save critically endangered lemurs. A new school and research centre are almost built as part of an international programme to support the species in their native Madagascar. YWPF has granted the project £5,000 a year for the next three years to fund a conservation project in an area where …