MAYORS VISIT AWARD WINNING YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE PARK ON ITS 3 RD BIRTHDAY AFTER RECORD YEAR
Article published on 19 April 2012
Eight mayors, including Junior Doncaster Civic Mayor Cordie Freeman and Councillor Eva Huges visited award winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park to help celebrate its 3rd birthday and another record year.
The dignitaries from across the region came to enjoy the unique walk through experience, which has quickly established YWP as one of Yorkshire\'s leading attractions.
Since opening in April 2009 visitors have increased by 500% with 323,000 guests in 2011- compared to just 66,000 in its first year.
On Wednesday eight mayors toured YWP and came almost face to face with exotic animals, including lions, leopards and tigers.
The Civic Mayor of Doncaster Cllr Eva Hughes said: \"All the mayors were delighted to be invited to Yorkshire Wildlife Park to help celebrate its 3rd birthday.
\"I am amazed at how far the park has come since first opening and how well the animals are looked after. The highlight of the day was coming so close to the animals in their natural habitat.
\"We wish YWP all the best for the future.\"
The park has delivered a significant boost to tourism for Yorkshire since opening - generating £3.4m to the region.
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