British Man Resigns from Job, Sells Home to Erect a No-Bar Zoo

  • By: Wilson Lawal
  • Date: July 7, 2022
  • Time to read: 2 min.

British Man Resigns from Job

A British man has just decided to resign from his well-paying job and also went ahead to sell his home just to build a zoo having no bars.

28-year-old Martin Blyth is the director of the Worcestershire-based Heart of England Wildlife Park. He quit his teaching job at a private school and put up his house for sale, just to raise funds for the creation of his park.

According to him, this project he embarked upon is a fulfillment of his childhood dream, when he was just four years of age. Blyth revealed that the zoo will house about 300 animals, but the creatures will not be penned in because the zoo will have no bars.

It will not be a traditional safari park, where different cars can easily drive through, rather, this safari will be a “walk-through” one; specially designed that both visitors and animals are kept safe.

The site’s size is to cover 12.14ha (30 acres), which will also feature multiple educational programs and a visitor center. Blyth revealed that his intention for the park is to dedicate it to conservation, ensuring that endangered wildlife species are safeguarded from extinction.

Blyth expects to welcome visitors into his park by Easter 2021 and has revealed that the first set of animals to come into his zoo will include lemurs, pelicans, meerkats, and zebra. However, he aims to bring in a total of 50 different animals, which includes tigers and lions.

The attraction of the park may be rooted in its surroundings, giving some reverence to the historical and cultural roots of Worcestershire. Blyth explains:

“I not only care passionately about education and wildlife conservation, but I am incredibly fond of my local area and believe Heart of England Wildlife Park is exactly the sort of attraction that is needed to boost economic growth and employment within the region.

British Man Resigns from Job

We’ve already had some really encouraging meetings with the local council and they clearly share our vision for establishing a world class attraction which residents can be proud of. The Park will not only exhibit wildlife but also celebrate the cultural, agricultural and historical roots evidenced throughout this unique area of the country.”

However, Blyth will have to fundraise about £300,000 (€332,000) to realize this dream and has taken positive steps by starting a crowd-funding campaign.

Photo credit: Heart of England Wildlife Park

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