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CINEMA ANIMAL TALENT – ANIMAL MOVIE STARS

 

Cinema Animal Talent is an agency specifically dedicated to providing rare and unusual animals for film productions, commercials and special events. Over 65 movie credits, countless commercials, and hundreds of special events have featured some of the animals who currently live at Hollywild Animal Preserve, or have lived here during the preserve’s history. David Meeks, founder of both Hollywild and Cinema Animal Talent, has met the needs of untold projects for over forty-five years, having even been called to serve as a "stunt double" appearing alongside some very special animals.

“TANK” – WHITE RHINOCEROS 

FEATURED IN: 

Blue Cross / Blue Shield – commercials 

Land Rover – national ad campaign 

ZICAM – National TV Commercial campaign 

Rhino Equipment - ad campaign

Valerie Schiff Photographer – Gallery show

The Black Panther Marvel Comics movie – model for ‘CGI” (computer generated images)

ADDAX 

FEATURED IN: 

Geico “Night Vision Goggle” commercial

 

CAPUCHIN MONKEYS

(not currently in our collection)

FEATURED IN: 

Order of the Black Eagle – movie 

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking – movie 

Monkey Shines – movie 

Date with an Angel – movie

The Guyana Tragedy – movie

Moving Wars – TV series

 

NOTE: Hollywild provided the First Capuchin monkey used in the national Helping Hands program for paraplegics.

ZEBRAS 

FEATURED IN: 

Legg’s Panty Hose – national print ad campaign 

B-52’s Music Video – rock ‘n roll music video for MTV, 

VH-1, etc.

Land Rover – national T.V. ad campaign

Chevrolet – national car commercial

Mazda Dealership – commercial

Valerie Shaff Photography – gallery portraits

The Jack and Kimberly Show - TV program

 

CHIMPANZEES

(not currently in our collection)

FEATURED IN: 

Bankers Trust – T.V. commercial 

WSPA TV’s Kidsizzle – locally produced children’s program Silver Fox – T.V. commercial 

Louisiana Power and Light – T.V. commercial 

Radio Station T.V. commercials – regional campaign promoting the morning jocks

Political TV campaigns

Radio station TV commercials – regional campaign promoting the morning jocks

MACCAWS 

FEATURED IN: 

Samsonite Luggage – national T.V. ad campaign 

Kemdura Paper – national print ad campaign 

Order of the Black Eagle – movie

Date with and Angel – movie

The Jack and Kimberly Show – TV program

 

LYNX (Siberian, European, Caracal)

(Not currently in our collection)

FEATURED IN: 

Mercury Lynx and LN7 – national T.V. ad campaigns 

Great Cats Calendar 

Minolta – print ad campaign

 

SIBERIAN TIGERS

FEATURED IN: 

Man Hunter – movie 

Betsy’s Wedding – movie 

Reversal of Fortune – movie 

Prince of Tides – movie 

The Real McCoy – movie 

Land Rover – national T.V. ad campaign

Valerie Shaff Photography – gallery portraits

 

WHITE TIGERS

FEATURED IN:

Akon – Cribs - TV program

Akon- special event

Lil Wayne – music video production

Special Events – live appearances

 

EUROPEAN BROWN BEARS 

FEATURED IN: 

A Breed Apart – movie

Date With An Angel – movie 

Chevrolet Trucks – national ad campaign

North Carolina Lottery – commercial

 

AFRICAN LIONS 

FEATURED IN: 

Great Cats Calendar 

Fidelity National Bank – commercial 

Food Lion – commercial 

Sharp TV – commercial 

Konica Copiers – commercial 

Konica Fax Machines – commercial 

David Copperfield – special illusions

NOTE: Chewy, a male lion born at Hollywild in 1991, was used by the Walt Disney artists as a model to help animate "Scar" a protagonist in “The Lion King” animated film. 

LEOPARDS

FEATURED IN: 

Great Cats Calendar 

Kemdura Paper – print ad campaign 
Leslie Advertising – promotional audiovisual

NFL Carolina Panthers – scoreboard and promotions

CAESAR – a gorgeous Black Panther (leopard) appeared in many NFL Carolina Panthers events.

 

COUGARS

FEATURED IN: 

Lincoln – Mercury commercials – national as campaigns 1983 -1991 

Date With An Angel – movie 

Rescue 911 – T.V. program 

Reversal of Fortune – movie 

Last of the Mohicans – movie

Miracle on the Mountain – movie

Coca-Cola – commercial

 

HAMADRYAS BABOONS 

FEATURED IN: 

Numerous local promotions 

The Masked Man and The Devil’s Gold – movie

Order of the Black Eagle – movie

 

“ALFONSO” – LEOPARD APPALOOSA HORSE 

FEATURED IN:

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking – movie 

Numerous promotional events

 

JAGUARS

FEATURED IN: 

Marty Stouffer’s Wild America – T.V. Series on PBS

 

"PONGO” – ORANGUTAN

FEATURED IN: 

Fisher Mazda – commercial 

Jeff Foxworthy – CD cover

 

CAMELS 

FEATURED IN: 

Evangel Cathedral – Christmas play

Dixie Stampede – Christmas production in Myrtle Beach 

Jerry Fallwell Ministries – Living Christmas Tree

A Return to Bethlehem – Spartanburg Methodist Church

Evangel Cathedral – Christmas play

Holston Creek Baptist Church – Bethlehem Walk

“Your Carolina” – local TV program

Mazda – TV commercials (Hendersonville, Columbia, Greenville)

The Jack and Kimberly Show – TV program

 

“DONNA” – ASIAN ELEPHANT

FEATURED IN: 

Ryder Trucks – T.V. commercial 

Blue Cross / Blue Shield – print ad campaign

Governor Carroll Campbell’s 1987 Inaugural parade 

Land Rover – national T.V. ad campaign 

Fatz Café – T.V. campaign

DEER

NASCAR Hall of Fame – commercial

Gander Mountain Camouflage – commercial

Happy Campers – movie

The Stand – TV mini-series

Date with and Angel – movie

Verizon Wireless – TV commercial

Duke Power – commercial

FILM CREDITS 

A Breed Apart 

Betsy’s Wedding 

Blood Savage 

Boy’s Life 

Date with an Angel 

Days of Thunder 

Elvis has left the building

Everybody Wins 

Flight of the Tigers 

Golden Years 

Happy Campers

Heavy Weights 

Help at home live

Last of the Mohicans 

Leader of the Band 

Man Hunter 

Maniacts

Monkey Shines 

Never Say Goodbye 

New York Undercover

Order of the Black Eagle 

Paradise 

Paris Trout 

Prancer 

Prince of Tides 

Reuben, Reuben 

Reversal of Fortune 

Ripe

Rottweilers 

The Big Chill 

The Black Panther

The Masked Man and the Devil’s Gold 

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking 

The Real McCoy 

The Stand 

They 

Contact Information:

Director David Meeks can be reached at

864-472-2039 (office)

or 864-316-9572 (cell)

david@hollywild.com

should you have a need for animal talent.

HISTORY OF HOLLYWILD

The history of Hollywild harkens back to the 1940’s when the Meeks family lived in a rural area of Spartanburg County. They regularly tended to farm animals and found a lot of enjoyment in doing so. They had goats and cows, chickens and horses. Their interest in animals soon led them to expand their assortment of wildlife, so squirrels, opossums, foxes and species indigenous to South Carolina entered the picture in the Meeks’ household.

The youngest son of four children, David, had a great affinity for animals and a God-given talent to handle them and understand their individual languages and behaviors. He spent much of his time enjoying their company. The more he learned, the more he was eager to learn. By happenstance, when he went off to college, a student in his dorm had a pet monkey that was totally out of control. (Not to mention, not allowed to be in college!) He had trashed the dorm room. David agreed to clean up the chaotic room in exchange for the monkey. “Hubert” came to represent the beginning of David’s unspoken childhood dream of one day owning a zoo, and this latest addition fuelled the expansion of his wild backyard. Soon he had an ocelot, and then he welcomed a cougar kitten. Wolves entered the picture shortly thereafter. Species by species, their backyard menagerie continued to expand. Before long, total strangers drove up to the Meeks’ back yard, curious to see what new animals may have arrived. The Meeks family began spending a lot of their working hours entertaining strangers so they thought they would charge admission to discourage people from visiting every weekend. However, the plan didn’t work out as intended. They interpreted the fee of admission not as a deterrent but rather an invitation.

 

Father and son quickly realized they needed to find a more structured way to share their love of animals with others. In 1970, they opened their zoo and called it “M&M Zoo.” Deer, swans, monkeys, capybaras, tigers, pheasants, lions, ducks, bears and otters covered the grounds in some disarray. Even Donna, an Asian elephant, found a special place in the heart of the small rural, rustic zoo. However, there was always a greater vision for this wild back yard. David and his wife bought his father’s portion of the animal menagerie and property and set their sights on higher goals. In 1985, bulldozers moved in and began the process of essentially starting over. A lot of changes were needed! Endless construction began with the goal of achieving a balance between animal care and safe access for the public to enjoy the animals in residence.

 

David and his talent in working with wild animals were soon discovered by Hollywood. Cinema Animal Talent was founded to meet the calls asking for him to provide animals for the movies. To date, more than 65 feature films have called on David Meeks to provide such talent. Countless commercials, photographs, brochures, art exhibits, special events, conferences, private parties and Nativities have all benefited from hand-reared animals that easily adjust to changing environments. “Lights, camera, action” is a call they know well. Best known became the Lincoln Mercury Lynx and Cougar commercials of the 1970s, which aired across the nation and propelled this venture into a great deal of success. The talent agency provided the financial backbone to carry on David’s dream of building a zoo. A new name was formulated to recognize all the wild animals that found their way into the spotlights of Hollywood: “Hollywild.”

In 1999, the operation of Hollywild became a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Organization in order for the park to meet new challenges and opportunities. Many programs were added and the park was greatly expanded. At its peak, the park welcomed 150,000 visitors per year and employed dozens of people, many of whom went on to become veterinarians or to further pursue animal related careers.

 

David Meeks retired in 2015. Shortly thereafter, David and his wife decided to refocus all their energies and time on enjoying and caring for the animals full time, with the assistance of a small staff. They began operating their facility as an animal Preserve with limited public access.

The Holiday Lights Safari Benefit, which for three decades has been a local family tradition, still serves as their annual fundraiser. This event is indispensable to insure the wellbeing of the 350+ animals still in residence.

 

Periodically, they Meek’s grant access to the public through highly personalized animal experiences and by opening the preserve as a drive-through, while still maintaining their focus on animal care and enrichment, relishing the enjoyment of doing just that.

 
 

2325 Hampton Road  |  Wellford, South Carolina 29385

 

© 2020 Hollywild Animal Preserve

Hollywild Animal Preserve is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.