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African Safari Wildlife Park's plans to reopen halted by new stay safe order

African Wildlife Safari Park Port Clinton
Posted at 9:46 AM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 09:46:03-04

PORT CLINTON, Ohio — After planning to reopen on Saturday following the expiration of Gov. Mike DeWine’s original stay at home order, the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton has reversed its decision based on the new Stay Safe Ohio order that went into effect Friday evening.

Under the new order, the wildlife park is not considered a business permitted to open and so it canceled its planned reopening date.

African Safari Wildlife Park said that it is working with state and Ottawa County officials to clarify when the park will be permitted to reopen as they want to ensure they follow all of the guidelines set by DeWine.

The park held a “May Reopening Sale” for tickets to wildlife facilities, all of which will now have an extended expiration date of Dec. 6, 2020 and individuals who purchased tickets during the sale will receive two free cups of animal feed before entering the drive-thru safari, the park said.

African Safari Wildlife Park features a drive-thru style feeding and viewing experience with animals such as giraffes, zebras, camels, emus, bison and alpacas. The park also has a walk-thru section that is not expected to open at the same time as the drive-thru park due to COVID-19 concerns.

To learn more about the park, click here.