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November 10, 2012

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January 25, 2012

This is one of my favorite places to visit. One of the most humbling experiences is to watch the interaction between these animals and the staff. It's clear the love & respect for each other is mutu... more

November 10, 2012

I love this park. I go every year & would recommend it to anyone looking to see the beauty of animals & their interaction with their human family. 2 Thumbs up GW!

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 25, 2012

This is one of my favorite places to visit. One of the most humbling experiences is to watch the interaction between these animals and the staff. It's clear the love & respect for each other is mutual. The enclosures are the cleanest & most well kept I've ever seen. The animals love to show off for the guests. They're obviously happy & kept well entertained in their daily life. I would highly recommend anyone wishing to visit a top notch animal park to go to GW Animal Foundation. As soon as you enter their facility they're welcoming you like family. I'll be back every chance I get.

Ways to make it better...

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

do alot more advertising. More people need to hear about the wonderful things to see & do here.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you learn about this organization?

I learned about this organization when I saw the founder come to the defense of a woman that was being attacked by Animal Rights organizations trying to have her disabled kangaroo taken from her & euthanized. This is the type of man he is. If there's an animal in harms way, he's the first one to step up to protect it. And now this kangaroo is happy, healthy, hopping and living a very spoiled life with his human mom.

July 19, 2011
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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!

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Now that I've seen the requirements for the enclosures & learned about shifting the animals so their areas can be kept clean I'll know what to look for at other facilities. I went there expecting to see some animals & enjoy a relaxing day & ended up with a wealth of information & wonderful memories! A definate must see experience.

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

Nothing that comes to mind.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Facebook

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 25, 2012
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January 25, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

I DONATE TO GW EXOTIC ANIMAL FOUNDATION PARK. I STOPPED DONATING TO A WELL KNOWN ANIMAL ORG AND HAVE SINCE BEEN SENDING TO GW PARKS. JOE IS AN AWESOME PERSON WITH A LOVING HEART FOR THE ANIMALS. THE ANIMALS COME FIRST IN HIS LIFE AND THAT IN IT'S SELF IS ADMIRABLE!! HIS ANIMALS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND NOTHING LIKE ALL THE OTHER ZOOS. MY PERSONAL OPINION IS THAT GW EXOTIC ANIMAL FOUNDATION PARK IS EXOTIC HEAVEN... I HAVE TOLD OTHER FRIENDS OF MINE ABOUT THIS PLACE AND ALSO TOLD THEM TO HELP AND THEY ALSO DONATE FOR THE ANIMALS. SO IF YOUR LOOKING TO DONATE YOUR MONEY TO A PLACE FOR ANIMALS I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE. I WILL NEVER STOP DONATING TO JOE FOR THE ANIMALS. RATED CLASS A !!! NUMBER 1...

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 24, 2012

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January 24, 2012

This park gives life to those that have suffered loss of a loved one or even been through personal issues themselves. There is healing in this experience and life in the animals. The staff is awesome, the animals are amazing, well kept and great health. I would recommend this to anyone visiting or just wanting to experience a great place with exotic animals. You will not be disappointed.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 5, 2011
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October 5, 2011
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G W Exotic Animal Park is a wonderful place - for visitors and for the animals lucky enough to have been brought there to live. My husband and I were expecting - well - a small place, mom and pop, few animals. Were we ever surprised! We have visited again and become donors because of our observations, research and long talks with staff. We were welcomed by a friendly and knowledgable woman at the front desk and shown the full tour - even back behind the large iron fences where visitors often don't go. The first animal I saw as I rounded a tall cane break was a two-year-old pale yellow lion who was clearly well-fed, content and friendly toward visitors. As we progressed I felt myself becoming emotional at the sight of every animal so well cared for that they looked professionally groomed. Every one was well fed, each compound was clean and free from insect pests or feces. Animals responded well to visitors and were clearly not afraid and not mistreated in any way. The larger animals had plenty of room to roam and many interacted facially and by coming over to fences. One of the staff members walked with us on the long tour where new building is going on and it was clear that she had a loving, nurturing relationship with nearly every animal...a personal relationship. They ran to the fences at the sound of her voice, lions "chuffed" back at her when she "chuffed" at them - an affectionate vibrating sound made with the lips. Cletis, a young camel and his "side-kick", a pygmy goat, came to the fence and with very little encouragement Cletis stuck his well-groomed nose through the fencing for a nose-scratch. We asked questions and did lots of computer research on this private refuge. It is ligitimate and supported only by visitors and individuals who come and see and become believers that these people love and respect the wonderful, exotic animals in their care. - In response to negative remarks made by other reviewers ... please...if you were expecting a carnival-like Disney atmosphere with lights and music - remember - every cent is spent on caring for, housing and feeding the animals ... would you want them to spend their money on a parking lot and playground or costly gift shop when they are a non-profit organization? If so, maybe you went for the wrong reasons. And this place is sponsored by the one U.S. organization that inspects and approves animal refuges/zoos and has given it the highest rating. Looking for glitz ... don't go. Looking for a humanitarian gift to God's beautiful creatures ... make a visit. You won't be disappointed.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 5, 2011
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October 5, 2011
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I have visited the facility twice. On the first trip, I was amazed at the care and cleanliness of the animals. The animals seemed content and relaxed. The staff was helpful and educated. Being an "intelligent" donor, I investigated other resources before deciding to become a donor.
The next visit (Two weeks later), before becoming a donor, validated this was a worthy organization. Each visit, my wife and I observed the care and concern for these animals from the staff. I have since recommended that friends visit the GW Exotic Animal Park.

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The animals seem to come "first" which is what we hope would be the case!

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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

By observing and talking with the staff, I knew there were several needs. With many nonprofits needing "funds", it is always difficult to decide to whom to donate. Their needs seemed logical ones. My wife and I chose a need that fit what we wished to do with our donation.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

There was an immediate need and I wanted to do something now. Animals' basic needs have to be met daily!

What would you tell others about this organization?

I would tell them my experiences at the park and with the staff. Once they visit, they can make their own opinions. I would be totally surprised if they wouldn't consider this a wonderful place to visit.

November 11, 2012

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1 previous review
July 26, 2011

I fell in love with the park from the first time I found it on the internet. I have donated to keep the park up and running. I love the work they do there. True animal lovers. I would dearly love t... more

November 11, 2012

I love this park and go every year! It is AMAZING! The animals are so beautiful and healthy and LOVED! I couldn't believe the wonderful staff, the beauty of the park and the standards in which the animals are kept. This is an A-1 facility and I highly suggest to anyone to go there and see for yourself the best zoo/ rescue in the whole country!!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 26, 2011

I fell in love with the park from the first time I found it on the internet. I have donated to keep the park up and running. I love the work they do there. True animal lovers. I would dearly love to come and see the park in person. Plan to next year! Am already saving for that trip! Yay!

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I've seen the park grow and grow over the past few years. They do awesome work with incredible animals. They have such big hearts and take such excellent care of their animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find more money for them. They need it because it is not only hard, but financially draining to care for more than 1,400 animals every day.

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

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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