Some Impressions from the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in April 2017

May 3rd, 2017 | By | Category: Zoos in U.K.

3.5.2017 by Ralph

As promised here are some impressions from the Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP) near Doncaster at the end of April 2017. Although YWP has many fine animals I was concentrating on the four males, who make up “Project Polar”.

YWP are always improving their signs, something other places could learn from. Here is the background to Project Polar.

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“A world class 10 acre reserve has been designed for the Polar Bears with interlocking reserves to replicate their Arctic Tundra habitat. This changes throughout the seasons and mirrors their native habitat in Canada.

A naturalistic setting, Project Polar is at the heart of a dynamic programme by YWP and the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation to help Polar Bear welfare and conservation around the world.”
A bit further on, another sign answers the question many people have about the habitat..

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“What? no Snow? Whilst Polar Bears depend on the sea ice to access their hunting grounds for seals, in order to breed and raise their cubs, many bears do not live on the ice all the year round. However, climate change is making the bears wait for the arrival of the sea ice longer each year. The notice goes on to compare the average temperature of the enclosure at YWP of 20 C with the 26c average at Churchill in Canada.

The star of the show is of course the Polar Bear and two notices introduce them.

 photo Ursus Maritimus Facts.jpg

 photo Meet the Bears notice.jpg

The individual biographies are worth repeating here:


 photo Victor bio.jpg


 photo Pixel Bio.jpg


 photo Nissan Bio.jpg

And of course, Nobby:

 photo Nobby Bio.jpg

Without a camera and zoom lense my photos that follow are only really to help illustrate highlights of the different bears.

Victor is the largest and muddiest of the bears:

 photo Victor on the march.jpg

 photo Dirty Victor.jpg

Though he did do a lot of swimming, noticeably to to try and surprise Nissan Nobby by sneaking up on them from the water. It is remarkable how fast and silently Victor can swim.

 photo Victor cleaner.jpg

 photo Victor after bath.jpg

Nissan and Nobby take no chances and as soon as they see Victor they use their superior agility and speed.

 photo Nissan and Nobby on the run.jpg

Nissan and Nobby are firm friends and enjoy resting together.

 photo Nobby using Nissan as cushion.jpg

 photo Nobby and Nissan chill out.jpg

Nissan is easily the most inquisitive and also the boldest of the bears. As soon as he sees anything of interest going on outside the enclosure he is there.

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Notice the signs warning the Rangers to make sure they know where the bears are…

 photo Do you know where I am.jpg

Nissan does his bit to help the Rangers know where the bears are…

 photo Nissan is a big bear.jpg

Although he is only young, Nissan shows how big he is. Pixel is now the same size as Victor and spends time with both him and Nissan. Pixel is going to be a huge bear like Churchill and Lloyd

 photo Pixel sniffing entrance.jpg

 photo Pixel moves out.jpg

Pixel really is very impressive..

But Nissan manages to look so cute..

 photo Nissan resting.jpg

 photo Nissan three.jpg

 photo Nissan looking.jpg

My last pictures are a bit of fun … Nobby is very hard to photograph as he is always patrolling the furthest edge of the enclosures. I did manage to get some shots of him digging in the mulch, but they do not really come out.

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But Nobby does have a lovely black nose!

Finally, this photo shows a beautiful bear but which one I wonder?

 photo Which bear is this.jpg

I hope you have enjoyed these impressions. But the best thing is just being there and chilling out with the 4 boys. I leave you with the sign over the entrance to YWP.

 photo Polar Bear Logo.jpg

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  1. Thanks to the both of you, RRALPH as author and photograper and MERVI as editor in chief for another interesting report from ‘our man in GB’ 😉

    I love to rread those sentences: “Nissan and Nobby are firm friends and enjoy resting together.” and to see that also animals living in zoos can feel at ease.

    ‘YWP’ in Doncaster offers interesting information to its visitors. Thank you very much, dear RALPH,
    for showing them in very good pic-quality! And also the pics you made from the moving bears are interesting and well enough together with your words. . . Especially interesting are ‘The individual biographies’!. Thanks.

  2. Dear Ralph,

    The YWP certainly does it’s best to inform the visitors of their polar bears and I gues the same goes for all the other animals as well. I especially like the presentation of Victor, Pixel, Nissan and Nobby telling not only of their backgrounds but also of their characteristics.

    It’s obvious you had a wonderful time observing our four guys in this fantastic park. The bears are all doing fine and that, of course, makes me ‘deliriously happy’. 🙂

    Thank you so much for this interesting, informative and even entertaining report.

    Hugs from Mervi

  3. Dear Ralph,
    thank you for the new report from YWP. It is great that all four bears live in peace together. Victor is an impressive bear, he is older as the three boys. It is good that he can swim very fast.

  4. Dear Ralph!
    Thank you for this interesting and entertaining report from Doncaster.
    The pics show what they should and underline your statements. I like the way you describe what you see very much.

    It is good to read that all four bears are doing fine and get along with each other.

    I had to laugh about Victor who seems to be a little bit roguish when scaring the boys and the sentence:”Nissan and Nobby take no chances and as soon as they see Victor they use their superior agility and speed.” Thank you for this inner cinema…


  5. Dear Ralph,
    thank you for this interesting and informative report and pics from YWP. It’s nice that they get along very well although having a lot of respectfor Victor!
    Bear hugs,
    Heidi from Erlangen

  6. Lieber Ralph,

    vielen Dank für die aktuellen Infos und Bilder aus Doncaster.
    Ich freue mich immer sehr, wenn ich Bilder von dort sehe.

    Liebe Grüße aus München

  7. Lieber Ralph,

    schön, dass Du die Bären in Doncaster besucht hast.
    Die Jungens-WG scheint sichimmer noch super zu verstehen.

    Die vielen Infoschilder, besonders auch die wo die Bären einzeln vorgestellt werden, sind klasse.

    Danke für Fotos und Bericht.

    Liebe Grüße nach Oxford

  8. Dear Ralph

    Thank you for your detailed and very interesting report.
    All bears look gorgeous and I think, they feel well in
    this really huge enclosure in Doncaster. Its good
    for the readers of KWM that you now have the
    time for the excursions to beautiful Yorkshire!

    Chris 🙂

  9. Lieber Ralph!

    Danke für den tollen Bericht. Schön zu sehen, dass es Nobby und seinen Freunden gut geht, unser Münchner Kindl hat es gut getroffen.

    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  10. Dear Ralph,

    A thoroughly enjoyable report!

    Thank you!

    xo k-j

  11. Ralph,
    thank you for your interesting and very nice report, it is good to see all the 4 Polarbears.
    Nissan is a good friend to Nobby, I am only a bit sad when I read Nobby is very shy,
    what a sweet picture Nissan and Nobby resting together,
    I am very glad and grateful that you make this journey to Doncaster.
    I send many good withes to Victor, Pixel, Nissan and Nobby
    and dear greetings to you dear Ralph

  12. Dear Ralph!

    Thank you so much for so lovely raport of bearboys. They all are very huge and nice.



  13. Lieber Ralph,
    es ist schön zu sehen wie sich die Bären aneinander gewöhnt haben und natürlich ist Viktor der Che–f-noch.
    Wir bräuchten mehr solcher großen Einrichtungen um den vielen Jungtieren ein artgerechtes
    Heim zu geben.
    Vielen Dank, war sehr interessant die Vorstellung der bärigen Bewohner des YWP.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  14. Dear Ralph,

    Wonderful to see you and the bears were having a good time.
    YWP is a great place for our polar friends and they are doing a great job to make them just as happy as their visitors.
    I didn’t know Nissan and Nobby were born on the same day. No wonder they get along so well since they are sharing their birthday presents.

    Thank you for your frequent visits, the vivid reports and pictures. Of course I’m also thanking you, dear Mervi, for sharing this treasure.