The conservation work of the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation has been recognised in a major international award

The Foundation (YWPF) plays a crucial role in climate change education and awareness and contributed to the efforts of the Climate Change Specialist Group which won the accolade. News of the award comes during Polar Bear Week, which started on Monday, and celebrates the species but warns that two-thirds of the planet’s polar bears could disappear before the end of the century …

It’s World Okapi Day!

Okapi are fascinating animals and are often referred to as the ‘Forest Giraffe’ due to their Zebra-like stripes and their Giraffe-esque tongue. The even-toed mammals are native to the north-eastern rainforests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa and are shy, solitary and elusive animals. Male Okapis average around 2.5 metres (about 8 feet) long and stand …

World Rhino Day

To celebrate World Rhino Day here’s TEN interesting facts about the amazing animal: The black rhino is the smaller of the two African species Black rhinos are one of the oldest living mammals in the world There is no skin colour difference between the white and black rhino – they are both dark grey in colour Rhinos only have hair …

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation Celebrates Wildlife Day

Wildlife Day is about raising awareness surrounding endangered animals and the work that organisations are doing to preserve these amazing animals to ensure their survival for future generations. YWPF was created in 2013 to be a dynamic catalyst for inspiring people to support conservation and welfare. Read how YWPF have supported endangered animals around the world: Lion Conservation YWPF are …

Forest fires in Brazil threaten sanctuary that aims to help survival of Giant Otters

Rampant forest fires in Cantão State park in Brazil are threatening a pioneering project, sponsored by the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation. Volunteers and staff are working around the clock to keep the flames back from a sanctuary crucial to the survival of the Giant Otter. Fires are raging in the 222,400-acre Cantão State park, which is one of the few strongholds …

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, …