The park features more than 50 species of animals during the summer.
"Our African Safari Wildlife Park team is devastated by the loss of animals housed in a barn destroyed by fire that was discovered early Thanksgiving evening", a post on the park's Facebook page read.
"We are devastated by this loss of the animals we care for every day", she said, appearing to choke back tears.
The statement also said that staff members at the park are still "assessing the loss of wildlife" that was housed in the barn on Thursday night.
Reitmeier said investigators do not believe the fire was a crime. And a giraffe captured by TV cameras running around on the property was contained and survived. Posting the footage to Facebook, DiBucci wrote that the scene was "absolutely horrific".
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Danbury Township police officer Carolyn Demore said there were two explosions inside the barn after the fire broke out. They were able to contain the fire to the one barn.
The park was closed to visitors on Thursday for Thanksgiving and was scheduled to reopen on Friday, before closing for the season Sunday.
Firefighters from Danbury Township, Catawba Island and Port Clinton all responded to the blaze, according to authorities. They are looking into reports that a power outage occurred in the area beforehand, Reitmeier said.
Officials are expected to hold a press conference Friday afternoon offering updates on the devastating barn fire that took the lives of ten animals Thanksgiving day. Tank was a staff favorite that arrived at the park in 2006, Hunt said, and greeted his keepers at the door of his enclosure for head scratches.
Animals at the park were usually kept in a heated barn overnight during winter months under supervision. The Ohio State Fire Marshal will visit the park on Friday to investigate the cause of the blaze.
Visitors to the 100-acre drive-thru park can feed several animals on their way, including giraffes, zebras and bison, according to the park's website.