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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE LIFELONG HOMES FOR ABANDONED, MISPLACED, AND ABUSED ANIMALS SO THAT THEY MAY RECEIVE THE KINDNESS, LOVE, AND RESPECT THEY DESERVE WHILE STRUGGLING TO CO-EXIST IN OUR ENVIRONMENT, AND TO EDUCATE OUR PEERS TO PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY IN KEEPING THESE SPECIES FROM BECOMING EXTINCT AND TO PRESERVE THE FRAGILE ECOSYSTEMS WE SHARE. WE LIVE BY GOLDEN PROMISES.: WE ARE A ZOO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND WORK WITH OTHER ZOOS AND BREEDERS TO KEEP THE SPECIES ALIVE IN CAPTIVITY, SO THE ANIMAL’S CAPTIVE HABITATS ARE NOT TAKEN AWAY. WE WILL STRIVE TO TAKE IN ANY UNWANTED ANIMAL. WE WILL ONLY USE DONATED MONEY FOR THE REASON IN WHICH IT IS DONATED. WE WILL STRIVE TO KEEP THE BEST-TRAINED STAFF TO CARE FOR OUR ANIMALS. OUR ANIMALS WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE ONE-ON-ONE LOVE THEY DESERVE. THIS PARK IS A LIVING MEMORIAL PARK TO HUMAN LOVED ONES AND WILL ALWAYS REMAIN THAT WAY. WE STARTED AS A SANCTUARY, AND HAVE SINCE GROWN INTO A FULL-BLOWN ZOO WITH OVER 128 SPECIES AND 1,400 ANIMALS. WE TRY TO KEEP A VARIETY OF ANIMALS FOR VISITORS TO SEE AND LEARN ABOUT. WE WORK WITH ZOOS ALL OVER THE U.S. AND FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO TRADE STOCK AND RECEIVE NEW BLOODLINES. VERY RARELY DOES ANY DONATED, UNWANTED ANIMAL EVER LEAVE HERE. WE DO BREED RARE ANIMALS OF SPECIAL BLOODLINES TO GO TO OTHER ZOOS. NONE OF OUR ANIMALS GO TO PRIVATE HOMES, ALTHOUGH WE ARE NOT AGAINST A PRIVATE QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL KEEPING AN EXOTIC.

Programs: The organizations purpose is to preserve and protect abandoned exotic wild animals.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Ronnie

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to G.W. Exotic's this past June for the first time. The workers were so professional and polite. Joe even took time in his hectic day to sit & visit with us for a while. They make you feel right at home & never tire of answering questions about all the beautiful animals there. I plan on making this a yearly event and that's only because I live too far away. Otherwise I'd defintely be there more often. You've got a wonderful place there Joe. You, your crew and your animals are outstanding. One of the biggest & cleanest places I've seen. Kudos to you all!

topsecretmoon

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This animal park has such an upstanding environment for the animals. It was built , and you can see it very plainly , with the animals best interest in mind. This is a must see if you live in Oklahoma or if you are traveling be sure to stop in!! TOP NOTCH PARK!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We own a small zoo in the south. I have over 32 in the animal field and I have no other zoo/sanctuary that even comes close to the magnitude of GW Exotic. The place is well kept, well managed, the animals are healthy and have regular veterinary care.
Your public zoos could actually take a few lessons from GW Exotics. They involve the visitors so that the visit leaves a memory that stays forever and strikes a heartwarming feeling in the depth of your soul. I recommend if you EVER get the chance to go to do it! You will NOT regret it!

Bigcatslive

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This facility far exceed any other facilities. The health and well being of all animals are a top priority and they also RESCUE which is just AWESOME!!! Thanks GW EXOTIC!! If you are traveling or live in or around Oklahoma, this is a must see!!

11 AnimalsMatter

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

It seems indisputable that GW Exotic Animal Park does indeed rescue animals. And it appears the level of care provided has greatly improved over the years, after what seems to have been a rocky start. However, the financial burden of never saying no, of never turning away an animal, when doing so financially endangers the lives of the 1,400 others already living in the facility, is troublesome to me. It also seems to be a huge contradiction to, on one hand, "rescue" animals and, on the other, to breed and produce more captive animals to be used for commercial purposes. The director has stated he would take the baby tigers off the road if he could afford to. If that's true, and this mission to rescue is sincere, then GW needs to make some serious changes in my 'giving' book before I can support them or recommend them to anyone else.

2 Jesica S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great facility that has been the target of many negative and unfounded attacks. Go there and see for yourself what a great facility this is, run by great people with truly golden hearts. Rumors are unfounded and a little bit childish in regards to GW's and I've never seen anything but excellence in every way coming from here.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for allot of company's and Joe treats his animals with respect and kindness that i have never seen. He is the hardest working man i know and ask so little in return. people everybody has flaws and nobody is perfect, it is a wise man who talks little and only preforms on actions, Joe is one of those men.

1 Sara26

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have visited several zoos, sanctuaries and orgs through out my many years. By far, GWPark surpasses all others as to the quality of care they give to their animals in their keep. Clean cages, healthy animals, well-maintained park with the general public's safety in mind. Staff is easy accessible to answer your questions.

1 Julie77

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have worked a long side GW for many years, they never turn down an animal in need. If you need help they are the first ones to step up and answer the call. Wonderful place and a must see stop!

3 joeexotic

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is the largest and the best kept facility in the United States. The people that say they breed for profit are just blind to the gossip. This park is now the leading facility in DNA testing to save the species and much more. Keeping up the good work to protect the tiger species against a 25 year agenda by the AR to make them extinct. keep up the good work.

3 Kyle6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

If he would stop breeding and selling for profit under other "company names". Charlatans, charlatans charlatans.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can assure you this is one of the finest places on earth. With the excellent staff here you will always find that the animals are loved, cared for and the guest are treated just like kings and queens. The park grounds are beautiful and all the cages are spotless. One of the best private owned zoos in the world. This zoo serves also as a refuge to homeless animals that have no where else to go. It is a must see place. any negative comment is from people who have never been here.