Shut Down Negligent Animal Park


Target: Joe Schriebvogel, Director of G. W. Exotic Animal Park

Goal: Close G. W. Exotic Animal Park for its cruel treatment of animals

The recent deaths of two chimpanzees and three birds have led to what is at least the fourth United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigation of the G. W. Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. The park has had a long history of unexplained deaths and many of its prior investigations are still ongoing. This park must be closed immediately before more animals are brought to harm.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who has kept a close eye on the park’s activities, filed the complaint about the deaths of the two chimpanzees. Since then three birds have also died, apparently from starvation. The cause of death for the chimpanzees is still unknown, but it was likely because they were ill and did not receive veterinary care. Joe Schriebvogel, the park’s director, said he witnessed one of the chimps pass out as though it were having a heart attack. He performed CPR, but was unsuccessful in resuscitating the animal.

The park continues to claim that PETA’s accusations are false and exaggerated, but their appalling record with animal care speaks for itself. The previous investigation at G. W. Exotic Animal Park was the result of the deaths of 23 tiger cubs over a 7-month period. Schriebvogel was also recently put on probation for 18 months and fined $25,000 for violations against the Animal Welfare Act.

Photos on the park’s own website show how filthy the cages are and that the animals have neither food nor water. A spokesperson from PETA made a statement, saying, “Currently we are just asking the USDA to do its job and really asking how many animals need to die at this facility before it will do something meaningful.”

Please sign the petition below and demand that G. W. Exotic Animal Park be shut down so that their animals will no longer have to endure such cruelty and negligence.


Dear Joe Schriebvogel,

G. W. Exotic Animal Park has come under scrutiny once again after the deaths of two chimpanzees and three birds. All five deaths were the result of negligence and improper care. This is at least the fourth time the park has been under investigation for violating the animal welfare act, including the deaths of 23 tiger cubs.

How many more animals have to suffer or die? Please close this park immediately. They are not for our entertainment and deserve to be treated with kindness and respect.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Helene Beck says:

    I wrote directly to G.W. Exotic about this matter, and they responded:
    “First of all its all lies, marketing for PeTA to raise money, sorry you fell for it.
    Last we should be worried about why 147 big cats have died at Big Cat Rescue
    So they are saying that Animal Petitions got their facts wrong!? Have anybody ever visited this park?

  2. I really would like to no how these places are aloud to stay open, surely some one must keep and eye on what is going on, if not there should be, this sort of cruelty should never happen.

  3. I am not so sure Peta is always right but I believe where there is smoke there’s fire. I won’t believe these places that are trying to protect them selves either. Just wondering if Helen has ever visited the park either? If so please advise from your experience

  4. Debbie Burwell says:

    I don’t always agree with PETA, but they do have the right idea about protecting animals. Humams have created the problem, we have to fix it.

  5. WE must fix these places of horror for animals and make sure that the USDA STARTS DOING ITS JOB AND MONITORS WHAT/HOW THESE FACILITIES TREAT THEIR ANIMALS. Stop the insanity now and close any facility that doesn’t treat the animals in their care the way they should.

  6. deb spanhake says:

    do right by the animals ban ownership of all exotic pets and wildlife than man can rest to be come more of a kinder species himself and further his kind behind compassion

  7. That response from this “santuary” says it all. They are clearly hostile to animal-welfare groups and probably think anyone looking at them askance after animals die is an “eco-terrorist.” You don’t get placed on probation and fined for nothing. It rarely comes to that until it is a pattern of behavior as the government usually turns a blind eye. It is bvious this place is a hell-hole not because of what PETA says, but because what comes out of their own mouths. Instead of being concerned, they attack the messenger and condescend the concerned letter-writer. I hope PETA gets more donations just to spite these idiots.

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