- Martin Blyth, 28-year-old, gave up his job, left his career, and put his home for sale, in order to build his dream zoo without bars.
- Martin was a private school teacher but ever since he was young, his dream was to build and manage his own park.
- Now, he is making his dream come true and his plan is a zoo without bars that restricts animals’ natural way of living.
A British man gave up his job, left his career, and sold his home, in order to open his own zoo without bars!
Martin Blyth owns the Heart of England Wildlife Park in Worcestershire which for him was a dream come true from when he was just four years old. The now 28-year-old park owner and director, was previously a private school teacher. He resigned and put his house up for sale to fund the creation of his dream zoo.
He envisions it to be a home for about 300 animals living naturally and unrestricted without bars to pen them in. It will be a “walk-through safari” where both animals and humans can have a harmonious space to co-exist.
It will be a 30 acres (12.14ha) land area and it will have a visitor center and other educational programs. The zoo will be devoted for conservation, and “safeguarding endangered wildlife species from the threat of extinction in the wild,” he explained.
The Heart of England Wildlife Park is set to open its first phase in the Easter of 2021. Martin aims to have 50 different species including zebra, pelicans, meerkats, lemurs, tigers, and lions.
The park is also dedicated to showcase the history and culture of Worcestershire.
“I not only care passionately about education and wildlife conservation,” Martin said, “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.
“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.”
In order to make his dream a reality, Martin needs to raise funds of about £300,000 (€332,000) and he has since started crowdfunding.
Supporters and donors in return will have a voice on the creation of the zoo. Martin hopes people will take on the challenge to “make a meaningful difference” for the conservation of the wildlife.