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Hollywild adds education center, receives $10,000 donation

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Officials at embattled Hollywild Animal Park in Spartanburg County said Monday things seem to be turning around after a rough two years. 

Monday the park opened a new education center in a building re-purposed to house a new python and hold classes about wildlife. 

"One of the things we want to have a commitment to doing is using all the resources we have," said Hollywild Executive Director Kim Atchley. "This was an unused resource and we've made it usable."

Atchley added the animal park received a $10,000 donation in the mail Monday. That will be added to the funds already raised to help keep the park open and get the attraction the updates it needs. 

"We've had painting and fixing fences and doing a lot of things we just needed to focus on," said Atchley. 

In 2015 a fire killed 27 animals, and earlier this summer some animals escaped. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has been a constant critic of the roadside attraction, demanding the animals be retired from the "decrepit pens."

Despite the trials, staff at Hollywild said the community has stepped up to help keep it open. Earlier this year, park staff asked the community to help raise $500,000 by the end of the year. So far, they have raised approximately $100,000, according to Atchley. She said she is confident they can raise about $250,000 by the end of the year, enough to address pressing issues.

To donate, visit their website. 

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