Don’t Let Roadside Zoo’s Bears Suffer in Scorching Heat

Target: Sonny Perdue, Head of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Goal: Investigate Wilson’s Wild Animal Park for possible violations against the Animal Welfare Act.

Wilson’s Wild Animal Park, a roadside zoo in Virginia, has allegedly not been providing enough relief from the summer heat for its bears. The park’s bears live in a cage with concrete floors and a typically empty water trough, according to reports. It is only going to get hotter and these bears need relief from the sweltering heat.

In captivity, especially in the bare pits in which Wilson’s Wild Animal Park’s bears are forced to live, bears face many physical and mental problems. The lack of stimulation often leads to excessive stress, pacing, and swaying. In addition, harsh concrete floors can lead to physical ailments including arthritis and problems with their paws.

Sign this petition and demand the USDA investigate this roadside zoo and at the very least provide the bears with relief from the scorching heat.


Dear Mr. Perdue,

Wilson’s Wild Animal Park is a roadside zoo in Virginia that has a history of animal welfare issues. It has already been cited by the USDA for failing to provide adequate enrichment, proper veterinary care, and proper caging for dangerous animals. Now, the zoo is allegedly not providing relief from the summer heat for its bears. It is only going to get hotter and these bears need our help.

Wilson’s Wild Animal Park’s bears live in a cage lined with concrete floors, and according to reports, their water troughs are rarely filled. The pit is bare and the lack of stimulation causes excessive stress in the bears. In addition, concrete can lead to physical issues including arthritis and other problems with their sensitive paws.

Please investigate Wilson’s Wild Animal Park for the bears’ sake and for any other issues that could be causing harm to the park’s animals. These animals belong in the wild, not caged for human entertainment. The least we could do is make sure they have the basic needs to survive and live comfortably.


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  1. Clean water and shade for all animals!

  2. Better still – release them all to proper sanctuaries and throw the owner into a pit of snakes.

  3. Lynn Knight says:

    Dear Mr. Perdue,

    Thank you very much for anything you can do to enforce the humane standards for the treatment of animals in the U.S.

  4. How much more cruelty will be tolerated before this “animal park” is shut down?! They have already been cited for various abuse issues. Should have been shut down ages ago!
    These bears need rescuing, and relocation to good sanctuaries.

  5. This Place of HELL needs to be SHUT SOWN !!!!!!! Take all the Cruel Ignorant human Morons there and Put them in a Cage out in the Heat of the Day – let them suffer the same Faith !!!!!!!

  6. Patricia Dumais says:

    Roadside zoos are the worst – they should all be closed!


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  10. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️?

  11. Helen Tanguis says:

    How long has the Dept. Of Agriculture known about this one???? What takes priority with you guys anyway? Do you have to wait until their dead, or is that the plan? Get off your butts and do your jobs!

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