New programme of exciting events set to take place at Tropical World

Caption: Don't miss out on all of the fun at Tropical World.

One of Leeds and Yorkshire’s most popular visitor attractions is offering a new programme of fun events this autumn and winter.

On offer for the first time are a series of events where visitors can find out more from the experts about the fantastic and fascinating animals, birds and plants that inhabit the Arnold and Marjorie Ziff Tropical World. These include ‘Batty bats and Scary Spiders’ on Wed 29 October 1 - 3 pm, 'National Tree Week' - Wed 3 December, 10am - 1pm and 'Big Garden Bird Watch' - Sunday 25 January, 10am - 12 noon. In what promises to be something not to be missed, a very special ‘Meerkat March’ will round off the programme in 2015 on Saturday 14 March.

Based near Roundhay Park, Tropical World is home to a range of interesting and fantastic animals including butterflies, birds, fish, reptiles, meerkats, nocturnal monkeys, crocodiles, bearded dragons and bats. Last year, 390,000 people visited Tropical World, making it the Yorkshire and Humber’s third most popular paid attraction.

Phase two of an exciting refurbishment programme is now underway at Tropical World, which will include the construction of a new toilet block with changing facilities, electrical and heating improvements, path works and a new conservatory extension to the café

Once completed, these improvements will help ensure that Tropical World continues to be a venue which is enjoyed by so many visitors each year.

On hand to meet some of the animals which will feature in the four upcoming special events at Tropical World, was Councillor Mark Dobson.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for cleaner, safer and stronger communities said:

"The Arnold and Marjorie Ziff Tropical World is one of our most popular visitor attractions, and it was fantastic to pop up and meet some of our fascinating animals, plants, insects and birds that will feature in our forthcoming four special events.

"There is also the opportunity to meet some of our resident experts at each event, who will be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have regarding the wildlife or habitat that live in Tropical World.

"Don’t miss out on your chance to come out of the cold and enjoy a taste of the tropics at our brilliant attraction, where you are always guaranteed a warm welcome."

Notes to editors:

Tropical World will be closed for the improvement works described from 15 December until February. For more information and to keep up to date with what’s going on there, visit the web pages below or follow/like on twitter and facebook.

For more information regarding Tropical please access on the web: www.leeds.gov.uk/tropicalworld; Twitter: www.twitter.com/tropworldleeds or Facebook: www.facebook.com/tropicalworldleeds

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk