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G W Exotic Animal Foundation

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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.

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Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 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!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

THIS HORROR HOUSE FOR ANIMALS NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN AND THE OWNER LOCKED IN THE PRISON CAGES HE KEEPS THESE POOR ANIMALS IN! ANIMALS ARE BRED FOR PROFIT AND ARE ABUSED. THE LIVING CONDTIONS ARE ROWS UPON ROWS OF ANIMALS LIVING ON TOP OF EACH OTHER. THE CUBS ARE BEATEN FOR BITING THE HUMANS THAT HANDLE THEM. POOR VET CARE LEAVING THEM TO SUFFER WITH DIARRHEA AND ILLNESS FROM BEING HANDLED. IT'S HIS PERSONAL FREAK SHOW OF UN-NATURAL BREEDING.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I have never been so sickened in my life. These poor animals are not being properly treated. This is not a sanctuary, it is a reprehensible disgrace.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited this private zoo several times and evertime I am astounded by the love and care they have for the animals. They give one of the best tours I have ever witnesses and a truly interactive experience. They treat their animals like one of their own. It warms my heart to see the care they give for their animals.

Lisa110

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This park goes above and beyond for their animals, even with the harassment from animals rights extremists, they put the needs & welfare of the animals first. They take in many exotic rescues, and provide them with a loving & nurturing home. GW exotic animal foundation is a must see, when in the area!

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!!

Deborah Cutrell

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Mary72

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is where I go to get my batteries recharged. It is an AWESOME place, the people are GREAT and then animals are well adjusted, happy and healthy. I would recommend this park to everyone. I am the mother of a special needs adult, she loves the park as much as I do. We have to drive 5 hours to get there and we have been know to drive down visit the park and drive back it is soooooooooo worth it!!!!!!

13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This Oklahoma zoo is overcrowded and the conditions are sub-par. The owners and manager claim it to be a "rescue" of sorts, but they continually breed more. Recently, the owner has had to appeal to his friends on more than one occasion begging for donations because he couldn't pay his bills. Breeding and taking in more animals when you are already overcrowded and cannot care for the ones you have is irresponsible.

12 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.

1 MonkeyButtDevin

Donor

Rating: 5

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...

1 Brandie C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is absolutely the best park I have ever been to. My husband and I got the opportunity to stay a weekend and it could not have been more enjoyable. We had a great time. Joe unlocked our cabin personally and made sure We were set for the night when We first arrived. The park was absolutely spotless. The animals were very healthy and well cared for. Ever guy one was very polite and kind. As well as very attentive. We had a great time and cannot wait to return this summer. This is one place that has now be come a family tradition for us.

1 Sharon19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never meet Joe or visit the park, but I hope I will get to soon, what time I talk with Joe and visit with him on facebook talking about the bans and how the monkey world is made up, he has always had ear to listen to you talk and he gives good advice to people. Joe stands up for what he believes in and joe does not talk or take sh@t from anyone. Joe takes in animal other dont want and gives them good home. I have heard nothing but nice things said about this man. Joe does not down you for what you believe in he dont care if your white, black, half breed or what ever. He try to be fair with everyone. Animal are his passion and he fight for them when they dont have voice to speak. If people would ban together as one and let someone like joe guide us.. we would get alot further with these bans. As far as bagging for money others claim he does, is not true, Joe works very hard to keep his place going. People donate at their on free will.. If people dont have nice thing to say about Joe the old saying is keep your mouth shut and dont say nothing at all...

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ok gloria and the rest that dont like what joe is doing then leave him alone and stay out of his life, he hasnt dont a darn thing to you, and he loves his animals, and takes very good care of them, who cares if he breeds them, it s nothing to you or me, his anilmals liik a hell of alot better than the anilmals in the so called zoo in bkloomington, i went there to say id never go to this zoo again, the animals pace all day, it was a hot summer day when i went there and they was hotter than hell, the sun was setting right on alot of them, i felt so sorry for them i told my grown kids to never go there again, if joe is breeding and sales his babys to make a profite to run his park so be it, he isnt doing anything to you, or do you have a problem cause you cant do what he does for your animals, he has nothng to hide and if i lived close enough id beg him to help him for free, he is a very kind hearted man that fights like hell to save every animal he can,he has a park not a damn rescue, what part of his park are you calling a rescue?get off his back and go help a anilma in need, his dont need help, we as his support team is here to back him up with his park and animals.it you live in a glass house dont throw rocks,i think you should let this man rest and talk about someone else, joe you just keep doing what you are doing, it s just the haters because they cant do what you can do with your animals, these animals are in good hands with joe, ifihad a animal that had to be took id want joe to take it, not the damn zoo or a rescue, he gives them the best of care,he spends his life trying to save animals not set them on fire and let them walk in one spot till the pads are wore off, give him a break and talk about someone else, we love you joe and we are here for you all the way. we love your PARK,, shirley and porkchop.

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.

2 Crystal8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think Joe is a good hearted person that knows what hes doing. He may breed but I see nothing wrong with it. It is a natural way of life! What about all the people that keep popping kids out right and left and live off of public aide? They are still allowed to pop them out. Those animals are being treated and cared for and they breed on their own when they are in there own natural enviroment. If hes making a profit off of the animals whether selling them to good homes, or letting people take pics with them when they are young...hes using the funds to take care of all his animals...also Ive been in those lines to take a pic with my son with a baby cub...we did that for our love for animals and who ever gets the opportunity to that? The money I paid for the pic with the cub wet right back to their non profit organization and if it wasnt for people like Joe breeding these wild animals would they exisit in 20 yrs? No, same thing with the polar bears! What about the lipstick you buy Gloria? 90% of animals are being tested on and brutally tortured due to you making those purchases. Also what about the candy you buy? MARS candy tortures monkeys/rabbits/and mice for your pleasure. Use your energy towards putting a stop towards that! Also theres animals getting tortured every day for our army men to practice on to see how they would save fellow soldiers...Pigs skins are being torched while they are awake and full aware what is going on to tach these men how to treat a burn...then those pics are left to die..or the goats that get their main artery slit so they can stop the bleeding. Also what about the rhinos getting their horns cut off so people can paint them and sell them to us...and they leave the rhino to die a slow agony death. My sister has a monkey and she gets stopped all the time for people to take pics of him and pics with them and their family...Is she better cause she didnt charge?! No its all about getting to see and have hands on with an animal that is usually only seen behind bars thats living in miserable conditions and dont get hands on with people like they should. His animals dont pace back and forth so much that its denting in the ground because they are losing their mind from no interaction or not getting enough food...So for all of you leaving rude/untrue comments maybe you should stop taking your children to zoos/circus'/ and sea world ect. The use the money you pay for those to get bigger brighter signs to get your attention that money isnt being used for the care and best interest of the animals. So I agree with what joe does and back him up all the way. So Joe breed, educate, and keep taking those pics with other animals with animal lovers who never got an opportunity to do such a thing without your help and care for the animals like you do. So I think those of you that have something negative to say...think about all these other animal places that arent for the best interest of these animals! JOE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

2 Buddy M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to volunteer with GW Exotic this past year. i have never seen animals that were so well taken care of,physically and emotionally. the care they are given is outstanding.these people are all about the animals and educating people about them. raising awareness to the possibility of extinction for some of these animals. Most people don,t think about that,how it would be to loose some of these beautiful creatures to extinction.All of the animals i had the opportunity to be with seemed very happy, content, and healthy. I hope to have the opportunity to be a part of this again. I believe GW Exotic is doing great things for these animals.

2 Amy_9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

joe is a wonderful person who does an amazing job with his animals!!! ive never been to any animal park or zoo where the animals appeared so HEALTHY,HAPPY,WELL FED WITH DESIRABLE LIVING CONDITIONS! in fact,i will not ever take my kids back to a zoo-they understand how upset the animals were that weve seen in those places-joes animals are well cared for-not pacing and nervous-wanting out or to get away from their habitats!! hes one of a kind!!! his animals have a wonderful life-dont knock him unless you KNOW otherwise,and you dont!!!

1 Christi G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have not been lucky enough to visit this park yet. I am planning to do so in the near future and am very excited about it. I have seen a lot of the work they do and they are always helping other exotic owners.