Yesterday's attraction of choice was the Yorkshire Wildlife Park where we headed in the morning, not long after it opened. It was lovely and quiet but oh my gosh it was cold. And so very windy. I wish I had worn a few more layers. I guess we're just not used to the change in temperature yet.
It only took about 30 minutes to get there which was great, and now that we're seasoned professionals at day trips we were armed with Greggs sandwiches, Jaffa Cakes and bottles of water to avoid over priced and rubbish cafe food! :) The Jaffa Cakes depleted at a fairly rapid rate I must say!
I was as cold as I look!
We managed to catch the Birds of Prey show which was brilliant. The birds were stunning and so clever, and the little Burrowing Owls were adorable. I wanted to pop one in my pocket. It was well worth braving a hard bench and the bitter winds to catch the show and learn about the clever birds.
The lions were fast asleep when we first arrived much to our amusement as they were arranged in all sorts of piles. They reminded me of Lily and Lola when they're asleep, legs all over the place keeping each other warm. We visited the lions again as we were on our way out of the park and this time they were awake and alert, and one even roared and it was truly terrifying but brilliant.
The story of where the lions used to live was very sad, they were in such a bad way and had been treated so poorly, but in the park they looked much healthier and happier which was great to see.
The tigers were absolutely stunning and we spent a while reading the boards of information up and around this area. The amount of tigers left in the World actually makes me want to cry. So very sad. To think they are killed not only for status but for medicinal purposes!?
We spent ages watching the Meerkats as they are adorable and fascinating. We did have to ask some unaccompanied children not to throw stones at the Meerkats though... tut tut.
All in all an interesting couple of hours and great to see the animals so well looked after and healthy.