Hollywild delays opening in March

Hollywild Animal Park

SPARTANBURG CO., SC (WSPA) – Hollywild Animal Park says they are delaying the opening of the park as their board pursues opportunities for the future.

Traditionally they were open during the weekends in March.

The park is facing financial problems after fundraising campaigns fell short of their goals.

Six to eight people were laid off at the park in January.

“Even for weekends only, the seasonal opening of the park requires a great deal of work and resources. The board decided to focus that energy and our resources instead on maintaining the quality of care that each animal requires,” said Tim Todd, chairperson of the board of directors for Hollywild Animal Park. “From hiring and training of seasonal staff to enhancing guest amenities like the picnic areas, viewing areas, and more, the checklist for opening day is very demanding.”

Executive Director Kim Atchley submitted her resignation in January, according to Tiffany Hughes, Vice President of Board of Directors for Hollywild.

Hughes says this was not something that was forced and was her decision.

The park was closed for the season and they don’t have money coming in.

The board is exploring all options and resources to keep the park open to the community.

A decision to close the park is the very last thing, said to Hughes.

The remaining staff is continuing to take care of the animals.

Volunteers with animal care experience are being brought in.

Hughes says they will maintain the USDA standards.

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