Yorkshire Wildlife Park Celebrated In New TV Series
The amazing animals and the people who look after them at the award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park are celebrated in a new TV series filmed at the park.
Big Week at the Zoo highlights the dedication and work of zoo staff in the UK and focuses on incredible species every day of this week.
Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton and Nick Baker, from Springwatch Unsprung, feature revealing footage of day to day work at the park as they anchor the show from a purpose built safari studio at Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP), at Branton, near Doncaster.
Viewers to the show, broadcast on Channel 5 and which started on Monday night, will see some of the park’s 400 animals from more than 70 species, including behind the scenes footage of the journey and settling in of the latest arrivals, the Japanese Ussuri bears who were rescued from Japan to start a new life in Yorkshire this month.
The show also features many familiar faces from YWP including Carnivore Team Leader Kim Wilkins, who is dubbed Carnivore Kim all week as the carnivore team’s work with lions, leopards, tigers, polar bears and the newly arrived Ussuri brown bears is highlighted.
The hoofstock team also appear in the show with storylines following Behansin the giraffe and Ellen the Grevy’s Zebra. A less familiar face from YWP making an appearance later in the week is Barney, the Anatolean Shepherd Dog who lives at the park.
This statuesque breed is used by conservation organisations in Africa to help with their work.
“We showcase what British zoos do, and all the conservation and research that goes on behind the scenes, and I really feel like we get to know the people running everything,” says Skelton, the ex Blue Peter star.
The wildlife show features expert guests and well-known faces on the show including Wild At Heart actress Lucy-Jo Hudson, former JLS singer and farmer JB Gill, The Yorkshire Vet’s Peter Wright, The One Show’s wildlife reporter Miranda Krestovnikoff and Extreme Animals presenter Steve Leonard.
The team reveal amazing zoo animal stories this week including animal relocations, complicated veterinary procedures and what it’s like to look after some of the most endangered species in the world.
Big Week at the Zoo also highlights the exceptional work and dedication of zoo staff and keepers who devote their lives to the care of wildlife animals.
YWP partnered with zoos across the UK including Chessington, Colchester, Crocodiles of the World, Edinburgh, Flamingo Land, Jersey and Paignton, for the ground-breaking programme celebrating British zoos.
“It is a great honour to be chosen as the host site for this amazing programme which really brings to life the work done at wildlife parks and zoos across the UK,” says Cheryl Williams, director of the park who has been working with the film crew for the past few months.
“Conservation and welfare are at the heart of everything we do and the dedication of the staff shines through in the programme.”
Big Week at the Zoo continues all week at 8pm on Channel 5 and is on until August 24.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park Celebrated In New TV Series, 22nd August 2018, 23:00 PM