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5 Yorkshire Zoos You Can Visit Now That Lockdown Has Been Eased

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

You can now head out on an animal adventure!

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Zoos across the country have been allowed to reopen so you can head to out to see all kinds of exotic creatures.

After months stuck at home, a trip to the zoo is just what you need and a whole bunch of them have reopened across Yorkshire. These wildlife wonders will make for a great day out as you marvel at a raft of awesome animals including kookaburras, black rhinos and micro pigs. Each one has put in place special measures to help keep you and everyone else safe on your next trip.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

There are over 400 animals to see at Yorkshire Wildlife Park now it’s reopened. You can spot rare species to spot across 15 different habitats, including black rhinos, leopards, lions and even a family of polar bears. They’ve introduced new signage to help you maintain social distancing at all times and hand sanitising stations have been installed across the site. All indoor walkways are closed, but you’ll still be able to see the animals outside. The Tsavo Bakehouse, Caramba Cafe and Masai Coffee House are all open for takeaway food and drink.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Warning Tongue Lane, Branton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 6TB. It’s open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Sunday. You must book ahead to visit.

Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land

The award-winning zoo at Flamingo Land is now back open. You can see a host of animals from around the globe. Think Asian red pandas, South American tapirs and African hippopotamuses. However, indoor areas like the Reptile House and aquarium will remain closed for the foreseeable future. They’ve added social distancing markers, installed hand sanitation areas and introduced a keep-left policy to help you move safely around the zoo. The cafe will be open for takeaway food and drink only.

Flamingo Laned, Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX. It’s open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday. You must book ahead to visit and tickets go on sale every Monday for the week ahead.

Bridlington Animal Park

Bridlington Animal Park

This award-winning, environmentally conscious zoo is back open to visitors. You can see everything from snakes to marmosets, wallabies and racoons. They live in specially designed habitats, made with filtered rainwater and up-cycled waste products. All their daily activities are running, including flying displays and bird handling. Keep an eye out for the new signage to lead you around the park, make sure you maintain social distancing and use the new hand sanitiser facilities. There are no food and drink facilities on site.

Bridlington Animal Park, Carnaby Covert Lane, Bridlington, North Yorkshire, YO15 3QF. It’s open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday. You must book ahead to visit.

Thorp Perrow

Thorp Perrow

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As well as the stunning 100-acre arboretum, Thorp Perrow’s Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre is now open to the public. You can spot all kinds of exotic birds, including parakeets and kookaburras, before you head next door to meet meerkats, pygmy goats and wallabies. Alas, their public displays and feedings have been temporarily cancelled, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had, and all in a safe environment. They’ve introduced a one-way system around the site and are asking visitors to maintain social distancing throughout their visit. The tearoom will be open for takeaway sandwiches, soups and cakes.

Thorp Perrow, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2PS. It’s open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Sunday. You don’t have to book ahead to visit.

Sewerby Hall

The zoo at Sewerby Hall is home to all kinds of animals and birds, both domestic and wild. From weird-looking racoon dogs to cute micro pigs and chatty parrots, it’s full of amazing creatures. To keep everyone safe, they’ve created new entrances to the zoo, placed hand sanitiser around the complex and installed a socially distanced queuing system to help everyone get around. The shop will be open, but they’re limiting how many people can go inside at any one time, and the cafe will be open for takeaways only.

Sewerby Hall, Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, North Yorkshire, YO15 1EA. It’s open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday. You must book ahead to visit.