In the summertime, when we're getting hot, the animals at Hollywild get hot too. We often have visitors asking us about how we keep the animals cool and especially how they get water. So, our take on the "water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink" is "water, water, everywhere and lots of drops to drink." Our first mini educational video has just been posted to our You Tube Channel and FB page:
a. Safari Animals have ponds that they get in frequently.
b. Our big cats also have water pools in their exhibit areas and/or get showers as well as have water access in their "bedrooms," the den areas that the public does not see.
c. One of the neat 'behind-the-scenes' tool we use is called a Lixit. That is like a water fountain we use. (see photo) It attaches directly to a fresh water hose. The animal presses it down to open the flow of water, and they do, again, very much like a water fountain we would drink out of. This is much better than having bowls of water out because bowls get hot in the sun and can get tipped over.
d. In the animal enclosures where we have to use bowls, the keepers are on a schedule for checking them and making sure they are refilled.
The big thing is that yes, all our animals have adequate water supplies all the time, including during the heat of the summer.
2. Intern program:
Hollywild has an ongoing intern program. Though we currently have one marketing intern working with us, we have positions open for our summer intensive animal staff internship. These are unpaid internships that offer practical hands-on experience for anyone 18 and older wishing to develop their skills and pursue further training or work in an animal care setting. Anyone interested can call the park office (864)472-2038 or visit the jobs page at Hollywild.org
3. Father's Day @ Hollywild:
On Sunday, February 15th Father's get in free with a paid child's admission. That's a $12 savings! It's a great time to meet our Champion of Fatherhood, the EMU. All the mother emus do is lay the eggs. The father emus sit the nest and rear the young, teaching them all about life on Safari. They can be seen regularly from our Safari Bus.
4. New SAFARI BUS CAMPAIGN: We will be launching a funding campaign with BEE FUNDED - the goal is to raise $125,000 to replace our safari busses and in the process include a handicapped accessible bus. The Safari Bus ride is one of the signature elements in the Hollywild Experience. (I will get a link to the site for this to Kristina) Hollywild is a NONPROFIT organization that is supported by park admissions. We do not receive operational support from the state or federal government. Admissions feed our animals. That means that feeding animals takes priority over new busses. So, we've launched a campaign for folks to help with this special project. We really want to improve this experience at the park and make it accessible for those in wheelchairs.
5. CAMPS - Jr. Zookeeper Camps start June 16 and July 14. Week Long Half Day camps.
6. Coming up: July is Military Appreciation Month: Throughout the month, current and former military members (showing ID) get in free and their family members (entering with the military member) receive a 15% discount on regular park admission.
7. New Animal: Our Walleroo- 10 months old, born in a private facility in South Carolina. He came to us last week and is now part of our Creature Feature Presentations where visitors can meet him and learn about his unique qualities.