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July 28, 2011

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July 28, 2011

I love this place. The people are very friendly, love the animals, and have a great place. The animals are so beautiful and well taken care of, you can tell they are happy. They do a good job of rescue and you won't be disappointed if you visit. You can get so close to the animals it's unreal! So different from a zoo, you would just have to see the difference. Make sure you take the time to visit this place!

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They really love the animals here, and are loved in return.

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I wouldn't change anything at this place, it's great! But I do wish that more money was available for non-profits to help animals in need.

July 24, 2011

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July 24, 2011

I first went to GW in Oct. 2007. I signed up for a three-day retreat and really wasn't sure what I was getting myself into. I spent those three days helping to clean cages and learning how to care for the animals. I learned that the staff doesn't eat until every animal is cared for. It was an extraordinary experience and one that I would totally recommend. Since my first visit I've been back to the park several times and always had a great time. The interaction with the animals is worth the price of admission.

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From 2007 to present

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to get them funding

July 22, 2011

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July 22, 2011

My daughter and I came upon GW Animal Park by accident in June this year and it has changed our lives. We were so impressed that my daughter has become a sponsor and a volunteer. After our first visit, we returned to Houston where we live and immediatly planned a return trip the very next weekend. We are headed back this coming weekend and can't wait. These animals are so happy. Once you visit, you too will know.

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Had a great time!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make any! help out

July 22, 2011

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July 22, 2011

Took the tour and got to play with a baby white tiger. The animals are awesome and well cared for, it's a very nice place to visit. You get to be so close up to all the animals, it's an awesome experience for any age.

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The animals are rescues. They bring the animals back to health and show them tons of love.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage the town they are in to allow them to drill a well for the animals. It's outrageous that they are not allowed.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Facebook.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To help the rescues help the animals they are trying to save.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 21, 2011

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July 21, 2011

The animals here are all rescues from abuse, malnutrition or maiming. Some have a missing leg or foot, and some were just mistreated by owners or travelling circuses. All animals have lots of room and are well cared for. They expand just about every year. I have not been in a couple of years, but go to their website all the time to see what they have added or what animals they have rescued. I believe in this group of people, although in the beginning did not agree with their captive breeding program. I now realize that without sanctuaries and captive breeding, many of these animals will become extinct. Their natural habitats are slowly diminishing, being taken over by the human population, and the animals are slowly dying of even in India and Africa. They have an 18 minute film on their site that explains what is happening to the wild cat population and its worth watching. It will open your eyes. They always can use donations because the costs are tremendous. If every person who reads this can just give a $5.00 donation, this would help them greatly. If you ever have a chance to visit this facility, you should. The people are kind and very knowledgeable and you leave there feeling a very special connection with the animals. I have donated on many occasions, but know that it will take many people giving small donations to make a difference for them.

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Every time I visit there are new habitats and newly rescued animals.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Put out more information about why you engage in breeding, because I know several people who do not believe in captive breeding and will not support this facility because of this. Its going to take a lot of public education to make people aware of the necessity of captive breeding to save specific breeds of cats.

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

The sheer amount number of animals rescued from poor conditions is mind boggling and you feel compelled to help in any way you can.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I was in tears after my first trip to this facility after seeing animals with missing limbs or limping because they were maimed. I made my large donation after my first visit because of the impact it had on me.

What would you tell others about this organization?

They can always use your help - year round. A small family started this organization. Although it has grown larger and larger every year, it is still a non-profit, privately owned organization and needs all the help it can get.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 20, 2011

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July 20, 2011

My family and I went to GW Exotic Animal Park a few weeks ago. It was an amazing experience. The staff were so friendly and down-to-earth. You could see how much the staff cared about their animals - and you could see how much the animals cared about them. This was an amazing experience.
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son is 4 and he got to touch a baby tiger. I don't care what you say about if you should be able to.. My young man had the experience of a life time. He has talked about it for weeks. He has asked all sorts of questions about where tigers live and why they can't live their any more. The staff educates the public. I learned a lot while we were at the park and the experience was priceless to me and my family.

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This park - educated myself and helped my son understand lots of very difficult topics. Experiencing these animals up close and hearing about their plight is the best was to educate our youth and ensure they are sensitive about endangered animals and ALL animals.

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The park was amazing but you could tell they were struggling with funds. With so many animals I am not surprised.

July 20, 2011

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July 20, 2011

I think it is sad that these other posters call themselves "animal lovers." True animal lovers would try to help and not go to every site that GW is on and try to just slander their name for some sort of sick personal gain and satisfaction. Everyone talks crap about them not being able to afford the water bill. If the government can give billions to banks to pay their executives bonuses and hold company parties, why can't these guys get a little help? This place is great. They actually love the animals and take care of them as pets (unlike some other places). I will definitely go back, because not only did I enjoy it, but believe what they are doing for these animals is great. Great job, Joe!

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a tour of the facility. These animals are loved.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

July 20, 2011
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July 20, 2011
7 people found this review helpful

I'm appauled at the conditions of this "zoo".
They cannot afford to adequately care for the animals they have, yet they continually breed and acquire more.
They animals are in substandard housing. Living on rocks is not an appropriate material for an animal.
Used tires that can be torn
apart and ingested are not appropriate toys for big cats.

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Seeing the aweful conditions these animals were in.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Everything. Cease the breeding and hoarding of animals.

July 19, 2011

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July 19, 2011

My son and I have visited this park twice this year and had an excellant experience both times. The first time we came we did a one hour private tour where we learned all about the park and the animals. Our guide was very friendly, gave us lots of background on the tigers and just made sure we had a great time. He even found a tiger whisker and gave it to my son. We got to spend 15 minutes playing with a tiger cub which was the coolest thing either of us had ever done.

Our next visit was just a week ago. We did a two hour tour with a large group of people. Even though it was incredibly hot, the staff did all they could to keep us cooled off and make sure we learned lots and had fun. We got to play with several baby animals and the staff took pictures of our tour so we left with a photo CD full of memories.

This place is incredible. I feel like it is a part of me. I go to their Facebook page and website regularly so I can keep up with the animals and see what everyone is up to. The staff is so friendly you really feel at home there. You can tell that they love the animals and the park and that love is infectious. I highly recommend that you experience this awesome place for yourself!

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I have visited twice and taken two different tours. I got to see behind the scenes types of things and hear personal stories told by the staff. I have seen the affection the staff has for these animals. They are always friendly yet always professional. This organization has a lot to be proud of.

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I wouldn't change a thing. The park is clean, the animals are loved and well taken care of. This park provides an up close personal experience with beautiful exotic animals and you just can't find this anywhere else.

July 19, 2011

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July 19, 2011

This is a beautiful facility that takes care to ensure the health and happiness of all of it's resident fur friends. Most of the animals have been rescued from bad situations and now live their lives content and secure. The park staff at G.W. exotic works tirelessly to ensure that the park is clean, the animals' needs are met, and visitors have a memory that is sure to bring them back. I spent a night at one of the cabins and absolutely loved it! Nothing compares to the huffs and calls of the big cats while sitting under the stars. I highly recommend it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Visitation.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to get more donations so that they can continue their good work.

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