The award winning attraction is turning seven years old today (4 April), after enjoying fast growth and a series of accolades over the years.
As well as seeing annual visitor figures rise from 66,000 to 678,000 in recent years, it has also been named as one of the top ten zoos and wildlife parks in the UK.
John Minion, CEO of YWP said: “It is fantastic to be celebrating our seventh birthday and the achievements of Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
“Everyone here has worked very hard to create a dynamic conservation centre and a great family attraction that brings people closer to animals both physically and emotionally.”
YWP has provided a huge boost to the local economy since its launch and is now worth around £2.6m a year to Doncaster and South Yorkshire.
The park’s capital expenditure has increased from £300,000 in 2009 to £3.6m in 2016 and staffing levels have leapt from 35 to over 300.
YWP has become a major force in animal conservation with a respected record for animal welfare and conservation, raising awareness of the plight of endangered species and taking part in critical European and worldwide breeding programmes.
During the past seven years, it has won a series of accolades for its animal welfare projects and business performance and has secured the title as the UK’s Number 1 wildlife attraction, winning the prestigious Gold Accolade from Visit England for the past two years.
“It is a very special birthday for us but it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the local public and all our hard-working staff,” added Minion. “We are proud to be a local and national success and to put Doncaster on the map for tourism.”