This post is about some of the animals which my peeps went to see at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park yesterday. Sadly dogs are not allowed as we might scare the animals BOL or might end up as lunch!
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is part of a worldwide effort to conserve endangered species and to take in animals that have been suffering in zoos which kept them in cages with no room to wander about or enjoy any natural kind of life.
Some of the first big cats to arrive at the YWP about ten years ago were lions from a zoo in Rumania where there was no money to look after them and they had been caged on concrete and fed a poor diet so some were disabled and none very well. Money was raised to bring them to the UK and before too long the lions had settled in two big areas with grass and caves and a waterfall and stream at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. They have space to stroll about and places to hide if they want and rest and good meat to eat. You can read about the lions at the Wildlife Park here:
The Wildlife Park soon had more animals coming including Amur Leopards which are critically endangered in the wild. There may only be 70 individuals left in the whole world! They are such beautiful creatures and so sad to think they might die out. You can read more about the leopards here:
The leopards have a huge climbing frame with places to rest and view all the way up to the highest point overlooking the whole park. They love to climb and watch what is happening around them.
Near to the leopards are the Amur Tigers. These too are very endangered and part of a breeding programme to try and increase the population to return them to the wild once there is a safe and protected natural environment for them.
These are VERY big cats! No messing with these boys and girls BOL but they are just pussy cats when it comes to playing with toys and snoozing in the sun.
At one time the numbers of these magnificent cats was as low as 40 in the wild, and even today there are only about 500. You can read more about the Amur Tigers here:
But you may be wondering with all these beautiful cats, where are the dogs?
Can you see them? These dogs are experts at hiding and probably need to be in the wild, sadly. The African Painted Dog is so pretty but they have been hunted and killed for the past hundred years until their numbers have dropped to just 1% of the numbers that lived in the wild in 1900. There have been seven puppies born recently at Yorkshire Wildlife Park to the resident pack leaders and my peeps were so happy to see them playing in their cave. They have a woodland and a large area to roam as well as the caves to hide.
Here are some closer photos taken with the zoom on the camera.
You can read more about the African Painted Dogs at the Wildlife Park here:
There are lots of other animals from around the world to see at this park and sad to think of so many creatures that need rescuing and helping to survive in our world. The peeps did enjoy the chance to see them though and hope that one day their offspring will be running free and safe in the wild again.