Yorkshire Wildlife Park opens new “Experience Ethiopia” reserve

6 Aug 2020

On 4th August, British TV star, Helen Skelton, opened award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s new “Experience Ethiopia” reserve.

Photo courtesy Yorkshire Wildlife ParkThe Wildlife Park re-opens with special measures in place for visitors’ safety.

The BBC Countryfile presenter toured the new Experience Ethiopia section of the park and got up close and personal with the spotted hyenas, in the Hyenas of Harar reserve and the Simien Mountains with a troop of Gelada Monkeys.

Hyenas, Granada and Speedy, are an exotic addition to the park, with an unmissable call that sounds like laughter. They can be originally found in Ethiopia and sub-Saharan Africa.

A family of 13 Gelada monkeys has expanded the collection of primates in the Simien Mountains Reserve at the park. They can only be found in the high mountain meadows of Ethiopia and are the world’s most terrestrial primate and the last surviving species of ancient grazing primates.

Living at high altitudes, they are adept rock climbers. The leader at the park is a dominant male called Harry – he is easily spotted with his handsome mane of long hair.
Helen, who hosted Channel 5’s Big Week at the Zoo from the park, said: “It’s brilliant to be invited along here today to meet the new additions, I feel like I’ve got the golden ticket as I’ve managed to get a sneak preview of the new arrivals.”

John Minion, CEO of the 150-acre park at Branton, near Doncaster, said “It’s been a very hard year for us at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, with huge revenue losses from the lockdown. We are very grateful for everyone’s support especially all those who have come back to visit the park since reopening.”

“It’s great to have some positive news and to welcome new animals to the park – we have lots more exciting things lined up for the future too.”

For further information, please visit www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com.

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