Yorkshire Wildlife Park Limited
Yorkshire Wildlife Park From The Beginning
About John Minion
John (CEO) is one of the founding directors of the hugely successful Yorkshire Wildlife Park. He has over 20 years’ experience working within the zoo industry, initially working as Senior Elephant Keeper at Woburn Safari Park. In 2009, John initiated the rescue of 13 lions from a dilapidated Romanian Zoo, the largest rescue of its kind. With qualifications in zoo management, John has been instrumental in the development of innovative, bespoke enclosure designs, winning an award for the YWP Amur Leopard enclosure and a commendation for its ‘Lion Country’ concept and enclosure design.
John was awarded ‘Young Business Person of the Year’ in 2012 and in 2013, YWP was awarded ‘Business of the Year’ in the Sheffield City Region and ‘Large Business of the Year’ in Doncaster in 2014.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a huge success story and this is a great opportunity to gain an insight into how John and his team turned a small farm attraction into an award-winning visitor attraction welcoming over 760,000 visitors annually. John will talk about the parks 9-year journey and its exciting plans to double in size over the next two years.