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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

26 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.

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!

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.

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 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 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.

1 Court R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

G W is an avid fighter for the health and well being for animals. Their foundation has been a strong voice against hypocrisy, animal abuse, and those who wish to infringe on the liberties of experienced, responsible, exotic owners. We need more folks like this in our world.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

They breed for profit and exploit animals in their traveling zoo. If they were truly nonprofit they would try to stop breeding and the exploitation of animals. I'm not saying they don't have a good heart they just use it the wrong way.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

If this were actually a sanctuary or a "rescue" group, it would not be breeding wild animals for profit - period. This snake-oil salesman needs to be shut down.

1 Gary C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an awesome park! I recently took my girlfriend, who is from South Africa, to visit the park as she has always dreamed of playing with big cats. As a surprise weekend, she was overcome with emotion as we pulled up and heard the first roar of the lions. It was an incredible experience to have taken the behind the scenes, Zookeeper for a Day tour. She was able to view, pet and feed all the animals during our 3 hour tour. Ben, our guide expert, went above and beyond the experience I had wished for and ensured not only did my girlfriend have the time of her life, but also made sure we were able to take home the experience with photos and movies that we can forever treasure. The look on my girlfriends face throughout the entire tour was priceless. I highly recommend this tour as not only will it be a tour to remember for a lifetime, but will also continue to support the efforts of GW Exotic Wildlife Park. They are a group of dedicated people who really seem to care about the welfare of all animals. I can't recommend this experience in a better way than to say there is no other tour in the country like the "Zookeeper for a Day"tour. A MUST EXPERIENCE ONCE IN YOUR LIFETIME!!!! Thank you all for allowing us to feed the baby tiger as well and the chance to share a very special day in our relationship. Best of wishes to you all!!

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

this place is a JOKE... on our way home to Dallas from OKC we saw the signs and stopped so my daughter could get a little energy out and have fun looking at animals. The little gift shop wreaked of animal urine and the lady in there looked like she hadn't taken a shower in weeks, and didn't know what a tooth brush was. It is awfully expensive for what little experience there is. The tigers looked absolutely miserable. There were ducks and chickens running around everywhere outside of their cages that were missing half their beaks. It looked like they had got into a fight. There were about 10 workers sitting on benches talking to each other the entire time we were there, ignoring the few amount of visitors to the park and animals.

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gwparkstaff 08/16/2011

It is terrible that we have to look out for people from other animal parks to get on here and post false comments when they have never been here and live across the country. Again, we invite anyone and everyone to come visit our park (which means actually coming to the park)and then making a real review. I am sorry to all of you that had to be misled by such a review and a terrible organization that would have their people do this.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to this park for my brothers birthday and OMG it was the BEST thing ever. These people really do care about these animals. I can honestly say that I can never look at any other zoo the same because at this zoo you can see how much they truley care about these animals. I had the best time with my family because we got to interact with some of the animals. Also, at this zoo, there are no flys on the animals, nor was there an offensive smell coming from any of their habitats. If you're ever in the area, go for the tour. Thank you GW park for the amazing tour and we'll see you soon!

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

WHAT a crock. This place needs to be shut down. I have seen their travelling road show and was disgusted. They are exploiting animals.

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gwparkstaff 08/09/2011

Obviously someone who has not seen the roadshow. Our animals are never on asphalt. There are green turf pads we put in the cages if there is not grass. Manhandled is interesting considering the public cannot pick up or restrain the cat in any way while with the cat. Would you like to put anymore lies or false statements? If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email us. We invite anyone to come see our traveling show, or better yet, our park. People that actually see us will see what we are all about. Thanks!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.