More than 30 jobs are expected to be axed at a popular safari park following a review of the park’s operation, a new report has revealed.

Owners of West Midland Safari Park carried out a review into the Bewdley park's operations and have announced a number of employees could face redundancy.

Staff in management, administration, commercial and service support roles will now be going through a consultation process.

 

It is expected up to 26 permanent roles and nine seasonal jobs will then be lost at the park.

Darren Chorley, managing director of West Midland Safari Park, said: “Our recent review of the park and its operations has now ended and sadly a conclusion is that a number of staff will be taken through a redundancy consultation.

West Midland Safari Park party
West Midland Safari Park.

“The jobs we are consulting on are predominantly management, administration, commercial and service support roles. Employees who hold animal care, education and core engineering jobs will not be part of the consultation process. Our high levels of safety, visitor satisfaction and animal care will not be compromised.

“We realise how unsettling this decision will be for our staff, but we will be consulting with them about their options and supporting them through the process over the next few weeks.

“As one of the region’s showpiece attractions , and alongside our owners Looping Group, we have a responsibility to make sure the park remains financially viable and is here for visitors to enjoy and explore for many years to come.”