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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One Comment

  1. What is everyone waiting for? More deaths after 23 tiger cubs? Get moving and shut the “sanctuary” now.

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