Get Totally Tropical in Leeds this Christmas

Visitors to Tropical World in Leeds will be able to experience the festive spirit with a difference next week as the popular Totally Tropical Christmas returns.

Taking place at the Leeds City Council-managed visitor attraction in Roundhay each night from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 December, Totally Tropical Christmas sees the venue transformed into a yuletide celebration coupled with Caribbean warmth to offer the perfect escape from the winter chill.

Running from 5-8pm each night, visitors of all ages will see Tropical World and Canal Gardens illuminated in festive lights, while there will be indoor snow and a steel band playing calypso carols.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy seeing the famous residents of Tropical World - including the three Morelet’s Crocodiles, the rare albino Burmese Python, the Yellow Anaconda, the Red-Tailed Boa Constrictor, the Bearded Dragon and the ever-popular meerkats. All children who attend Totally Tropical Christmas will also receive a special present.

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All media are invited to a photocall at Tropical World in Roundhay this Thursday at 8:45am to launch this year’s Totally Tropical Christmas.

Among the animals available to media to photograph/film will be the red tailed boa constrictor, the bearded dragon, a Tenrec and also the meerkats.

Please note the arrival time of 8:45am is to allow some time for film/photography equipment to acclimatise to the humidity inside the building.

Tropical World is located off Princes Avenue opposite the Roundhay Fox pub, LS8 1DF.

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Leeds City Council deputy executive member for the environment Councillor Jack Dunn said:

“Totally Tropical Christmas has become a much-loved part of the festive season in Leeds and gets more and popular each year.

“Tropical World and Canal Gardens look fantastic all lit up and there is a really fun atmosphere for all the family to enjoy, so we are very much looking forward to it once again.”

Tropical World is set to undergo a major refurbishment in the new year, with proposals for a £720,000 revamp to be discussed by senior councillors today (Wednesday). Under the proposals a new crocodile enclosure and aquarium would be created, along with a new entrance, education area and children’s party space plus extended café, new shop and toilets.

The improvements will be funded by Leeds City Council along with a generous donation from the Ziff family, who are to continue their long-standing patronage of Tropical World which dates back to the 1980s when Arnold Ziff donated a substantial sum to help Leeds City Council turn the idea of creating a visitor attraction displaying tropical plants and animals into a reality.

In the summer of 2008, the contribution of the Ziff family to Roundhay Park and the city of Leeds as benefactors was officially recognised when Tropical World was renamed ‘The Arnold and Marjorie Ziff Tropical World’ in their honour, although for day-to-day use it is still known as Tropical World.

Totally Tropical Christmas runs from 5-8pm every night from 19-21 December. No booking is necessary, admission is paid on arrival. Prices are £3.90 per person or £3.15 for any LEEDSCard or Breezecard holders, with last admission at 7:30pm each night.

Anyone who attends Totally Tropical Christmas will also be able to use their admission receipt to take advantage of a buy one get one free offer to Home Farm at Temple Newsam and Lotherton Hall throughout January 2013.

For further information on Tropical World and its opening hours go to www.leeds.gov.uk/tropicalworld or call 0113 395 7400.


For media enquiries please contact:

Roger Boyde,

Leeds City Council press office,

Tel 0113 247 5472

Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk