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The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park, Wynnewood

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The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Foundation, formerly known as G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Foundation and the The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in the United States. The organization's stated purpose is to provide care and shelter for exotic animals. It was founded in 1997 by the Schreibvogel Family of Springer, Oklahoma in memory of their late son Garold Schreibvogel (G.W.) who died in an automobile accident by a drunk driver. The current president is Joe Schreibvogel.The foundation is supported by donations and visitors to the park as well as tours to malls and other businesses where the public can pose with a tiger cub for a fee. The foundation maintains its commitment to the breeding, rescue, care of endangered and exotic species of animals.EstablishmentThe Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park is situated on and began as a shelter for endangered and exotic species of animals. It currently houses and cares for over 128 species of animals and over 182 big cats. In total, the park has approximately 1400 animals under its care and shelter during the year.The park itself offers tours and educational programs for visitors, all in keeping with the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Foundation's main cause of advocacy for the animals it hosts. The park has been visited by people from all fifty states, along with international visitors from over two hundred countries.Breeding programThe Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park breeds a selected number of tiger, lions, and bears. The animal park has been breeding exotic animals since 1997.Accusations of animal abuseIn 2004, the animal park was accused by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) of harboring dying and injured animals in crowded conditions with a lack of food, water, veterinary care and insufficient and untrained staff. These complaints were partially based on a Consent Decision and Order from the United States Department of Agriculture for willful violations of the Animal Welfare Act. In its decision, the USDA claimed that the park failed to provide adequate veterinary care, safe enclosures, clean food, clean shelter, and trained employees. The park failed to maintain records and to keep animals safely constrained to avoid injuries to the public. It was fined $25,000 and its USDA display permit was suspended but reinstated when it complied with USDA regulations.
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  • My SO and I did a road trip from Houston to visit this park and we both loved it. I highly recommend paying for the private play and the exotic tour. I was debating on skipping the private play option...  more »
  • We live in Dallas and made a day trip to Oklahoma to visit the park. The staff was friendly but the park was not that great. We got the animal encounter tickets which are $35 and hoped to see exotic a...  more »
  • we took the tour and it was very informative. we were able to interactive with some of the animals like wolves, the camel, baby tiger cubs,a snake, skunk, lizard. We also purchased the photo CD which ...  more »