Port Clinton – The African Safari in Port Clinton caught fire at approximately 6 pm on Thanksgiving, Fire was contained in the African Barn area only but the Park is claiming loss of animal loss that was contained within.
Here is a statement from the blaze.
Our African Safari Wildlife Park team is devastated by the loss of animals housed in a barn destroyed by fire that was discovered early Thanksgiving evening. We are grateful that our staff is safe and no one was injured, but the loss of the wildlife that we care for every day is tragic for our team members who love these animals.
We are still assessing the loss of wildlife that was housed in the barn for over-night care and security.
Park staff members are on the scene with firefighters and official responders. An investigation is underway into the cause of the fire.
African Safari in Port Clinton under huge flames. 😩 praying for the animals
The animals lost in this tragedy were part of our African Safari family, and the Park will be closed on Friday as we mourn their loss and care for the other animals living on the 100-area Park.
We deeply appreciate the first responders who worked on the holiday to try and save animals affected by the fire and thank the community for its support during this very difficult time.
Again, we are grateful that our staff are safe, although we are all grief-stricken over this loss.