Animal Park gains charitable status

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A NORTH east Fife visitor attraction that began life as a family business has changed its name after gaining charitable status.

Fife Animal Park in Collessie is now known as Fife Animal Trust, with all the park’s assets being overseen by a voluntary board of directors.

It’s hoped that the move will benefit the park in the longer-term, bringing the opportunity to apply for grant funding for future developments.

The trust’s new chair Duncan Mitchell explained: “Fife Animal Park was previously run as a family business.

“Whilst the park has clearly moved from strength to strength over the past few years, most animal welfare parks of this nature are registered charities, and can therefore apply for support from a wide variety of sources to make further improvements.

“We all want to raise the standing of the park even further, and hope to make developments in terms of its fabric, new attractions and of course ensuring the high standards required for the welfare of the animals.”

He continued: “Now we’re a charity, we do need the support of the public to visit us all year round.

“Typically, the winter period is quieter for the park, but don’t forget there’s something to see whatever the weather – indoors we have the bat cavern and the soft play centre, and of course the cafeteria remains open each day.

“Out in the park we’ve everything from the exotic such as water buffalo, lemurs and zebras through to turkeys and a variety of birds.”

This year the park is also to provide the setting for the Fife Nativity Play - formerly the Lochiehead Nativity Play - which runs from December 16-18.

For further information, visit www.fifeanimalpark.com or call 01337 831830.