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VIDEO - Lemurs, snakes, and raccoons at a new wildlife park

Askham Bryan College

4:08pm 19th May 2017

Main Picture - Caroline Howard and a skunk called Smokie

 

The Wildlife Park at Askham Bryan College near York has been officially opened today.

It's one of the most significant initiatives in the college's history, and showcases a wide range of animals

 

Askham Bryan College

 

Caroline Howard, who's the Manager for the College's Wildlife & Conservation Park explained how students would benefit and told us what the spray of a skunk smells like too. It's a bit like a public loo on a hot summers day. Watch the video for more.

 

VIDEO - Askham Bryan Wildlife Park

 

The Park had a "soft" opening on Saturday 18 February to Sunday 26 February and going forward it will be open to the public on weekends and during holidays when visitors can get “close and personal” to some of the world's most fascinating creatures.

There's also the chance to discover more about the college's work on conservation and protecting nature with the help of animal management students who will be on hand to advise and assist the visitors.

Turtle

 

Caroline Howard, the Park's Manager said:

“We are really looking forward to providing a unique opportunity to see first-hand the wide range of creatures we have in the Park.

We hope that finding out about them will inspire others of the need to help protect the natural world which lies at the heart of our work.”

The Park is part of the college's £6.8m Animal Management Centre which is the focus for student studies as they work towards careers as varied as animal keepers, education officers in zoos or in the field of research. The range of animals continues to increase but currently includes skunks, mongoose, white lipped tamarins, lizards, fish, frogs and wallabies.

There is also a wetland area and farm animals, including alpacas.

Tickets are only available by booking in advance. For details of opening times and to book tickets please go to the website: www.abcwildlifepark.co.uk

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