Lion Rescue – The Beginning

Although the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation was founded in 2013, it was born from Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s famous rescue of 13 lions from a run down zoo in Romania.

You can read more about the lion rescue by clicking here.


Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation Founded

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation (YWPF) was founded in 2013 as a dynamic catalyst for inspiring people to support conservation and welfare.


Painted Dog Conservation

YWPF supported research on painted dog behaviours, to inform and improve husbandry guidelines in 2015.


Fauna & Flora International

Painted dog and lion monitoring and protection in Chulexi, Mozambique.


Painted Dog Conservation/Wildlife Vets International

YWPF supports a vaccination project that aims to stop the spread of disease from domestic dogs to painted dogs in the wild.


Amur Leopard & Tiger Alliance

YWPF regular fundraises and collects for ALTA supporting the conservation on Amur leopards and Tigers in the wild. Recently YWPF supported a rescue and rehabilitation centre with a £18,000 grant in Alekseevka, Russia.

You can read more about the sucess of this project by clicking here.


Wild Welfare – Vietnam Animal Welfare

YWPF has pledged 5 years of support to Hanoi Zoo, Vietnam to improve welfare standards. This includes a £3,000 a year enrichment budget plus Yorkshire Wildlife Park ranger visits for 2 weeks annually.


YWPF Partners with the IUCN

In January 2016, a crucial partnership was established between the Foundation and the Climate Change Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Species Survival Commission. The group, which consists of more than twenty leading scientists around the world, works to find ways of improving conservation actions for species impacted by climate change.


Wild Camel Protection Foundation

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation funded a major conservation project where six wild Bactrian Camels were released back into the wild. The Bactrian camels had to be taken across in hospitable terrain to release points at oasis sites 600 and 250 kilometres from their breeding centre near the Mongolia-China border in journeys that took up to 15 hours.

A subsequent four year grant is supporting environmental education in Great Gobi Special Protected ‘A’ in Mongolia.

Find out more by clicking here.

2016-2017, 2019

Instituto Araguaia

YWPF supports the ongoing monitoring, research and protection of giant otters in Cantao, Brazil with grants in 2016, 2017 and 2019 along with ongoing donations from onsite fundraising.


Giraffe Conservation Foundation

YWPF supported a major relocation project, named Operation Twiga. This project was put into action in Uganda in January 2016, where 18 giraffe crossed the Nile to populate a new area within Murchison Falls National Park. In 2017 YWPF released another grant for further research and relocations. On-site collections and events at YWP fundraise for GCF during the year.

You can read more by clicking here.


Polar Bears International- Svalbard Denning Project

YWPF support a vital polar bear denning project in Svalbard, Norway. This research examines the effects declining Arctic sea ice is having on female polar bears giving birth and raising their cubs.

You can read more about the project by clicking here.



YWPF released a three year grant worth £15,00 to help protect the blue-eyed black lemur, whose numbers in the wild have been reduced to less than 1,000 by slash-and-burn agriculture and hunting. The funds will go to a protected reserve being established in their native North West Madagascar. You can read more about the project by clicking here.


Ripple Africa

YWPF support Ripple Africa, specifically supporting education, community work and replacing fishing nets to avoid locals catching threatened fish in Malawi

2015, 2016 & 2017

Polar Bears International

YWPF supported YWP staff attending the Climate Change Alliance Programme in Churchill, Manitoba in 2015,2016 and 2017.


Painted Dog Research Trust

Conservation and ecology centre support donation and sale of snare art.


Staff Visit To Hanoi Zoo

Colin Northcott visited the zoo in Vietnam to check on the improvements made to the animal enclosures on site. You can read more about his visit by clicking here.


Ussuri Brown Bears Rescue

In August 2018, a precision-planned global mission delivered four endangered Japanese brown bears to a new home at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. YWPF contributed £40,000 towards the Rescue and Rehabilitation Reserve for Hanako, the oldest of the bears rehomed from poor conditions in the Ainu Museum in Hokkaido.

You can read more about their arrival by clicking here.


Save the Rhino

Two grants were given in 2017: to create protective bomas for shelter for young rhinos in the Ol Jogi reserve and to replace rangers’ analogue radios for digital ones. In 2018, two grants were made to support cameras and infrared technology for anti-poaching patrols.


Laos Wildlife Rescue Centre

A grant was made in 2018 to support the development and production of educational signage at the centre.


Wild Welfare

Wild Welfare has received support for several projects from YWPF over the years. This includes welfare workshops in Vietnam, standards work in Vietnam, a bear welfare workshop in Japan, assessment of Japanese Bear Parks in Japan and ongoing welfare work on this project following on from the rehoming of the Japanese Brown Bears from Hokkaido to YWP in 2018.


Wild Care Institute

This Foundation funded project in Misiones, Argentina is to support the creation of a biological corridor protecting this rare ecoregion and biodiversity.


Bongo Surveillance Trust

YWPF funded the Mountain Bongo Project which works with forest communities to conserve the remaining critical endangered Mountain Bongo in Kenya.

2019 -21

Fauna & Flora International

A three year grant has been approved by the YWPF supporting Flora and Fauna International in enhancing the recovery and conservation of Sera Wildlife Conservancy’s flagship species with local communities through resilient habitat management. This works towards a 10 year Sanctuary Management and Development Strategy and a pilot water management component to support drought management. Species here include the critically endangered Black Rhino, Grevy’s Zebra (endangered), Painted Dog (endangered), Giraffe (vulnerable) and Elephant (vulnerable).


Save the Rhino

YWPF are pleased to support the Ol Jogi Conservancy, Kenya to assist with building the security capacity to support rangers in maintaining and enhancing the protection of the Conservancy’s black and white rhino populations. YWPF also funds its 4th consecutive project with Save the Rhino International at the Ol Jogi Conservancy in Kenya.  This latest project is the second phase of a reserve wide plan to provide cameras for a monitoring and security scheme to protect Black Rhino.



YWPF made a substantial grant to help save endangered lemurs from extinction and empower local communities to protect them in Madagascar.


Climate Change Specialist

The conservation work of YWPF recognised in a major international award



YWPF funds IUCN Spanish Guidelines for Assessing Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change.


Australian Bush Fire Crisis

YWPF is proud to be working with the Zoo and Aquarium Association, Australasia (ZAA) to raise money for the wildlife affected in Australia.