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Employee shortage at Lion County Safari in Loxahatchee

Rafiki, one of the two newest giraffe calves at Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, Fla., eats green leaves poking through a chain-link-fence Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. This was some of the first solid food for the baby. Lion Country Safari welcomed the birth of two giraffe calves last week, bringing the total count born up to 58. The two calves stood six foot inch and six foot five inches at birth. They were born two days apart. They will be housed in the maternity pen for three months with their mothers. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

The water park in Loxatchee is still closed after shutting down because of the coronavirus pandemic and now striving to reopen.

With the Covid-19 wreaking havoc on our social lives and outside activities, Lion County Safari is a place people can choose to go, enjoy the animals and be free. But if they don’t have proper staffing, the show can’t go on.

“We have still yet to open since we are looking to hire lifeguards, we also need to hire housekeepers, and retail workers” said Haley Passeser, spokesperson for Lion County Safari.

The theme park has been running limited capacity and reduced pricing but needs to hire over 15 people to reopen fully. The reason isn’t related to Covid-19 but The lack of interested potential candidates has greatly affected the waterpark reopening.

“We are looking for great candidates, positive upbeat candidates that are looking to work a guest-facing environment, meet people, of course with safety conditions at Lions Country Safari, “said Passeser”

According to Career Source Palm Beach County many industries are having a hiring problem even though there are plenty of opportunities. And said right now the market is in the employee’s favor. And suggest people shouldn’t wait to long to find a new job.

“Now is the time. This is the best time in more than a year to get out there, get the job you want. And you’ll be ahead of the line,” said Tom Veenstra, spokesperson for CareerSource Palm Beach County.

The park will be hosting a job fair on Thursday, April 22 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. interested candidates click here.