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Date: 18th September 2017

A civic seal of approval has been given to Askham Bryan College's Wildlife and Conservation Park and Animal Management Centre following a visit by York dignitaries.

The Lord Mayor of York, Coun Barbara Boyce met some of the College's “most fascinating” residents during her tour including lemurs, armadillo,  marmoset, wallabies, skunk and Eric, a Royal Python. She also visited the conservation project for the rare tansy beetle which is found almost exclusively in the UK around the River Ouse. She was accompanied by the Lady Mayoress, Val Clark, the Sheriff of York, Gill Brian and the Sheriff's Lady, Anne Bush.
The Lord Mayor commented: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit; it's been fascinating to see the extensive range of animals and wonderful teaching facilities. It re-enforces the message that we all need to be aware of the importance of conservation and caring for our planet. The work being done here both with students and in welcoming the public is to be highly commended.”
No stranger to the College, the Lord Mayor has visited on a number of occasions including attending courses and Open Days.
The college's Chair of Governors, Anthony Alton and Chief Executive, Catherine Dixon were hosts for the visit. Catherine added: “ We were delighted to welcome the Lord Major, Lady Mayoress, Sheriff and the Sheriff’s lady to Askham Bryan College and to share some of the fantastic work of our students and staff. I am pleased that the civic party enjoyed visiting the College’s Wildlife Park, which is a great addition to the college's teaching facilities.”

A fun place to visit for all the family, the Wildlife Park and Animal Management Centre are an important educational facility for the next generation of zoo keepers and animal managers. As well as running an extensive range of courses, it welcomes the public at various times during the year.
Askham Bryan College has around 5,000 students across its centres in the North of England with 500 students at its York campus studying animal management courses from diplomas through to degrees.
The two hour visit took place on Friday 15 September.
For the latest news from the Wildlife Park and details of opening times and ticket prices please see

The York civic party in front of the Animal Management Centre at Askham Bryan College prior to their tour with representatives of the college.

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