UPDATE: African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton will not reopen due to Gov. Mike DeWine’s Stay Safe Ohio order

UPDATE: African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton will not reopen due to Gov. Mike DeWine’s Stay Safe Ohio order
African Safari Wildlife Park (Source: African Safari Wildlife Park Facebook)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Five months after a fire that killed 10 animals, the African Safari Wildlife Park announced plans to reopen on May 2 for drive-thru visits.

However, on Friday the reopening was canceled due to Gov. Mike DeWine’s new Stay Safe Ohio order.

A new reopening date has not yet been announced.

A fire broke out at the 65-acre facility on Thanksgiving 2019, killing three giraffes, three red river hogs, three bongos, and a springbok.

According to park’s co-owner, the building was partially heated using propane gas to maintain a livable environment for the exotic animals. The structure was not equipped with a suppression system to extinguish a fire.

Investigators from the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s office said the cause of the fire could not be determined because of the extensive damage to the barn.

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