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September is National Save a Tiger Month
Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park gives tigers a new home.

Wynnewood, OK - September 19, 2013 -- For most of us, when we think of tigers the scene that comes to mind is Malaysia's tropical forests or India's grasslands, not a backyard dog kennel in Oklahoma. That is, however, exactly where the two tigers rescued this month by the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park were found. The tigers will join 173 others on the 54 acres in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.

Park Entertainer Joe Schreibvogel, also known as Joe Exotic hopes that this September, designated National Save the Tiger Month, he will be able to raise awareness about the dire state of tigers in the world. "The public is blind to the problem of tigers and how endangered they really are." He says. As the human population grows at a rapid rate and poaching for the illegal sale of skins and bones continues, the number of tigers in the wild grows dangerously low. The world's largest cat is predicted to be extinct within >>> Read More...

Bonedigger the Lion and His Wiener Dogs

A 500lb lion and a miniature sausage dog have formed an unlikely friendship. Five-year-old male big cat Bonedigger likes nothing more than a snuggle with seven-year-old dachshund Milo. And if the sight of Milo peering into Bonedigger's jaws makes you nervous, rest assured, for the helpful hound likes nothing more than licking the big cat's teeth clean.

The two have been inseparable over the past five years at the G.W. Zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Bonedigger was born with a metabolic bone disease that left him partially disabled, >>> Read More...

Spring Break at G.W. Zoo is Right Around the Corner

This year's Spring Break is going to be spectacular with all new interactive shows and tours. Sign up for our Endangered Animal Adventure Tour at 11:20 am or 2:30 pm daily, which includes a group walkabout with hands-on interaction with many different animal species and educational shows.

Something new we've added this year is a Private Feeding Tour where you can feed monkeys, bears, lions, and tigers!

For the fishing and camping aficionados, don't forget to bring your tents, RVs, fishing rods, and ATVs! The Lake Resort will be open for Spring Break with some of the best fishing around. Set up your campers and tents, start up the campfire, and cast those fishing poles while you enjoy the peacefulness of our 5-acre clear-water lake among rolling hills and beautiful landscaping.

As always, the park will be jumping for Spring Break, cabin rentals are going fast, the Tiki Bar is being prepped, and the animals are anticipating your arrival. Make your plans today!

The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park & the USZA Save Missouri Sanctuary

Wynnewood, OK - (KOMU News) - February 3, 2012 -- In early February, Joe Schreibvogel - the former Park Director of The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park and President of the United States Zoological Association - received a call from the D.D. Farms Sanctuary in Missouri explaining that the USDA was threatening to confiscate their animals, and possibly euthanize them, due to the violations at the facility.

Joe scrambled the USZA Board of Directors and convinced them to approve funding for an emergency trip to Missouri to help the animals and the facility. With 30 volunteers rallying together from four states, The G.W. Zoo sent two vehicles with 11 people that evening to beat the five-day deadline given >>> Read More...

USDA Demands Upgrades

The United States Department of Agriculture has raised the requirements of caging and public barriers.

Pasco County, FL - (WFLA) -- January 7, 2012 -- Since the escape of a lion in Miami, Fl last year, the USDA has implemented new requirements to raise every cage containing any cat to 16' and to construct barriers around every cage in our private tour area. The new requirement will cost the park nearly $60,000.00 and it must be completed by May 2012. It is a full time job trying to keep up with the demands of changing laws and requirements. If you can, and would, like to help us make these changes to the park so we can stay up to date with the new laws, please donate today.

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