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Wildlife Park Gets Ready to Open as Visitor Attraction

Date: 9th February 2017

Raccoons, snakes, monkeys, wallabies and meerkats are just some of the residents of Yorkshire's newest visitor attraction who are getting ready to welcome visitors to their home at Askham Bryan College.

Simon Jepson, animal management instructor/keeper with “Flex”, a royal python whose home is the new Animal Management Centre

The York-based college is preparing to open the doors to its showcase Wildlife and Conservation Park which is both an important educational facility for the next generation of zoo keepers and animal managers, as well as a fun place to visit for all the family. 

The Park will be open to the public from Saturday 18 February to Sunday 26 February and going forward, on weekends and during holidays when visitors can get “close and personal” to some of the world's most fascinating creatures. There's also the chance to discover more about the college's work on conservation and protecting nature with the help of animal management students who will be on hand to advise and assist the visitors. 

Caroline Howard, the Park's Manager said: “We are really looking forward to providing a unique opportunity to see first-hand the wide range of creatures we have in the Park. We hope that finding out about them will inspire others of the need to help protect the natural world which lies at the heart of our work.” 

The Park is part of the college's £6.8m Animal Management Centre which is the focus for student studies as they work towards careers as varied as animal keepers, education officers in zoos or in the field of research.  The range of animals continues to increase but currently includes skunks, mongoose, white lipped tamarins, lizards, fish, frogs and wallabies. There is also a wetland area and farm animals, including alpacas. 

Tickets are only available by booking in advance. For details of opening times and to book tickets please go to the website:

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Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277