Yorkshire Wildlife Park Development

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We’re delighted to reveal further details and the first artist’s impressions of the exciting new era for Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Our 150-acre expansion will create more ground-breaking animal reserves and bring new species to the Park, as well as enhancing visitor facilities and providing a huge boost for the local economy.

New 150 acre site

We announced in January that outline planning permission had been granted for the development, and now we can reveal some more of the details of the exciting plans.

Lakes, reserves and diverse habitats will be introduced in the expansion, so the Park can become home to more animals and springboard our efforts to help at-risk species. Landscaped walkways and dynamic viewing areas will give you, our visitors, an amazing experience.

There will be a phased introduction of the animal reserves which represent 3 key zones: Africa, Asia and South America. Habitats within these zones will include South American Pacific, South American Panatal, Asian Forest and African Valley (amongst others) as part of a 5 year masterplan. A bridge and walkway over the existing wetlands will link our new 150 acre site with the current Yorkshire Wildlife Park site.


New species

We are currently in talks with the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria stud book keepers, who coordinate the breeding programmes for endangered animals and their movement between zoos in Europe. This will confirm which new species will be introduced here, allowing us to continue our conservation efforts which have been instrumental in protecting a range of endangered animals.

We’ll update your more on new arrivals as soon as we can!

A beautiful landscape

Sympathetic landscaping will be crucial to creating an immersive visitor experience, and will be a key feature of the new development. We have worked closely with ecologists to develop the landscape, aiming to protect the biodiversity assets of the area, enhance and promote the existing ecological values of the surrounding site and create new habitats and landscape features such as new trees, planting, pools and wetlands.

The outline planning consent granted earlier this year provided a series of development parameters across the animal reserves and visitor areas and full detailed planning consent for the entrance and car parks. The parameters, which are strictly controlled by Doncaster Council, established the maximum building height, massing, and the scale of the development. The Yorkshire Wildlife Park expansion will be developed entirely within these parameters as approved by the Planning Committee.

The detail of the design elements of animal reserves and the built environment will shortly be submitted to Doncaster Council as a Design Guide and Reserved Matters Applications as requested in the conditions of the consent granted by committee in January 2018 under reference 17/02189/OUT. You can contact us about this development by emailing consultation@yorkshirewildlifepark.com. We aim to deliver a world class visitor attraction of which the people of Doncaster can be proud.

You can view the planning application and document by visiting www.doncaster.gov.uk.


Landmark destination

More than 88,000 children visited us last year to learn about wildlife and the environment, and we’re already home to more than 400 animals from more than 60 species. We are proud to play a vital role in international breeding and research programmes.

John Minion, CEO commented, “We are proud of what we have achieved so far and thankful for the support we have had from the local community and businesses along the way to create a wildlife park with an international reputation and an attraction that appeals to all the family. We now want to establish a landmark destination that contributes to conservation, our visitors’ appreciation of animal life and is a positive part of the economy and our community.”


YWP – A great success story

We first opened our doors to the public on April 4th 2009.

We are a multi-award
winning park, with a unique offering

We employ over 300 local people
and provide training & development support

To date, we have contributed
around £12.2m to the local economy

Over 33,000 school pupils have
benefitted from our award winning education programmes

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation have raised over £300,000 for animal welfare and conservation

We are home to the only
Polar Bears in England

We welcomed over 760,000
visitors in 2017

Hurst Lane Roadworks and Closures

For further information please download the access arrangement plan here.



Initially Hurst Lane was due to be closed during the school summer holidays, unfortunately the closure has been postponed by 6 weeks. Doncaster Council is working to minimise delay and disruption during this time. Alternative traffic management arrangements during this six-week period will be employed to allow through traffic along Hurst Lane.