Shut Down Deplorable Roadside Zoo

Target: Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner N. Gunter Guy, Jr.

Goal: Investigate and close down the Mobile Zoo for insufficient staff leading to severe animal neglect.

The Mobile Zoo, a decrepit roadside attraction in Wilmer, Alabama, has gained notoriety for repeatedly mistreating the animals held captive there and for neglecting to improve its squalid facilities.

As Alabama Local News reported last year, a recent inspection of the Mobile Zoo by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) “found numerous infractions including food spoilage that led to maggot infestation, nails jutting out of structures and lack of employees.” The zoo is home to over 70 animals, and employs only two people. The result is neglect on a massive scale, leading to appalling and dangerous living conditions for the animals.

Two years ago, a USDA report cited the Mobile Zoo for 14 violations. In a section titled “Handling of Animals,” it is reported that a bear was languishing in a den that was 150 degrees on the ceiling and 79 degrees on the floor. The roof of the den was made of metal and had no insulation. There was no means of reducing the temperature. When inspectors entered the enclosure, the bear that was lying on the ground struggled to stand up in the oppressive heat, panting heavily and salivating excessively.

A woman who briefly worked at the Mobile Zoo told PETA that the animals “were often fed rotten, moldy, expired or inappropriate food.” In one particularly egregious case of neglect, “an ostrich who had fallen into a water tank was reportedly denied veterinary care and died of hypothermia.”

Even by roadside zoo standards, the Mobile Zoo is an absolute disgrace. Something must be done. Please sign the petition demanding that the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources launch a thorough investigation into this hellscape and facilitate its closure.


Dear Mr. Guy,

The Mobile Zoo in Wilmer, Alabama, is a disgrace. Despite the fact that over 70 animals are confined there, it employs only two people. Because of the inadequate staff, the animals are constantly neglected and forced to live in squalid, unsanitary conditions.

Over the past few years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited the Mobile Zoo for dozens of violations, ranging from inadequate housing facilities to using maggot-infested freezers to store food for the animals.

It is bad enough that these animals are forced to spend their days in solitary confinement, robbed of everything that is essential to their emotional well-being. The fact that they are also subjected to neglect and unsafe living conditions is completely despicable. Please do everything in your power to help close this sordid facility and retire the animals to reputable sanctuaries where they will receive the care they need and deserve.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. How disgusting, Alabama needs to step it up, so lacking in animal welfare. Wouldn’t it be great if for once government employees did their jobs? All talk, no action…):

  2. Sara Smith says:

    Another forgotten petition? Really, Force Change, have some control over these. Give the originators a deadline at least if no signatures for a certain length of time.

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