New £1.2m complex opens at Yorkshire Wildlife Park

YORKSHIRE Wildlife Park has unveiled a new £1.2m corporate complex.

The building, called The Monkey Play House, houses two new conferencing suites and will also feature public areas including a café and 600sq ft adventure playground.

The larger of the two event spaces, the Outlook Suite, caters for up to 140 delegates and boasts views of the park, where delegates will have the opportunity to watch endangered Amur Tigers in their natural habitat, as well as a pride of lions rescued from a neglected zoo in Romania, who now live in the park’s reserve. The smaller Gallery Suite provides break-out and catering space, with a view of the baboon enclosure.

Cheryl Williams, managing director of Yorkshire Wildlife Park, said: “Our hope is that our dedicated, stat- of-the-art conferencing facilities will attract clients from speciailised sectors, as well as corporate clients as a whole. We hope to encourage businesses to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and closer to the wild than ever before.

“The baboons are able to offer a truly unique team building experience to delegates – we are currently in training our latest residents to master rope-activated games that allow them to interact with visitors through tugs of war or spinning wheels. Delegates will be able to play communication games that include learning to work together with the baboons and helping them to solve puzzles, all of which creates a stimulating and positive environment.”