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Holly Wild Animal Park

2325 Hampton Road


The Meeks' family involvement with animals began in the 1940's on their farm in rural Spartanburg County. (In fact, the park is located on their original home-site, but includes the acquisition of a few surrounding properties). Their collection contained typical farm animals, such as goats, cows, chickens and horses. It soon grew to include South Carolina native species such as squirrels, opossums, foxes and raccoons. Early on, David Meeks, the youngest son in the family, showed an affinity for animals and a powerful talent to handle and understand them. “It just comes naturally to me,” he said. “I can read an animal’s body language with ease.”

This talent and affinity led to a fortuitous event in college, when David’s assigned roommate showed up with a monkey. After the monkey destroyed their dorm room, David made a deal with his roommate: Give me the monkey, and I’ll repair the room. The exchange was the first step, which led to the fulfillment of David’s childhood dream of being able to work with animals from around the world. 

Steadily, species by species, the backyard menagerie grew. As more and more strangers were attracted to the yard, the Meeks decided to structure their property in a way for people to enjoy it. In 1970, father and son opened the M & M Zoo, housing deer, swans, monkeys, capybaras, tigers, pheasants, lions, ducks, bears and otters. Donna (1967-2007), the Asian elephant, still one of the most beloved animals ever at Hollywild, also found her adoptive home in their back yard. It is not often one is called to adopt an elephant!

Our Mission 

Hollywild Animal Park is committed to providing an interactive and enlightening experience for our visitors, as we continually improve the lives of our animals in an enriching and respectful environment.


shannon surratt

Thursday, July 19, 2018
They have lots of animals. It is a relaxed scene. I enjoyed the lions and tigers. There are a lot of exotic animals. As well as a petting zoo. It is a great place to take the kids

Arthur Bien

Thursday, May 17, 2018
My first time I went and loved it. Best part is feeding the deer and big cows in the open field. The lights are real nice. My advice would be to take a truck and put the family in the back so they have a better chance to pet the animals.

Dakota James

Saturday, May 12, 2018
I went here during their Christmas event where they put up lights and let you drive through. The twist here is that they have this huge open area that you can drive through and feed a bunch of animals from deer and sheep to ox and zebras. At the end of the lights, they have an area where you can buy drinks, food, and pet a bunch of different animals. It's a really cool experience.

Haley Hughes

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
I've honestly haven't been to the actual zoo part since I was maybe 5(23 now) but we go to the Christmas lights every year! And it's awesome! We just like to spend time with family and let the kids see the different animals come up to your car and you can feed them and then roast marshmallows over the fire after. It's great!

Lady Johanna Gutierrez-Monge

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
We went to see the Safari lights. Santa's village is a cute little place for small children. They have lots of farm animals. I was not a fan of the reindeer forest, lost of cars in different directions and animals in between. I don't know how healthy that is for the well-being of the animals.

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