How It All Started Here At The Park

The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park was started in 1997 by Francis and Shirley Schreibvogel of Springer, Oklahoma. The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park was named in honor of their son, Garold Wayne (G.W.) Schreibvogel, who was killed by a drunk driver outside Dallas, Texas earlier that year.

Garold “G.W.” Schreibvogel loved all animals and life. His dream was to go to a jungle to see all the magnificent animals running wild and free. This is a memorial park, dedicated to loved ones that have been lost. Anyone wishing to dedicate a habitat with a memory plaque are welcome to do so.

Garold Wayne 'G.W.' Schreibvogel

The park is licensed by the USDA as a zoo, open to the public seven days a week, 365 days a year. What makes The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park so different are the more than 108 living memorials, serving as a place for others to come to remember loved ones they've lost. Each animal at The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park represents a human who has passed away.

We make sure that they may receive the kindness, love, and respect they deserve while struggling to coexist in our environment, and to educate our peers on how they can promote environmental responsibility in order to help keep these species from becoming extinct and to preserve the fragile ecosystems we share.

We invite you to come to the park and see this beautiful place firsthand, to see the love that is put into the animals and the park by so many people from around the world.

There are many reasons why animals need to be rescued. The facility's conditions are deplorable, the animals are not healthy or the owner decides they do not want the animal any longer.

For whatever reason, the question is why you had the animal to begin with. The answer is usually – "I have a passion." A passion is great, however it also takes someone who is level headed... and Good Common Sense doesn't hurt either. So, before you go buy that lion, tiger, etc. Please take a good honest look at yourself and your surroundings. And please apply some of that common sense to the decision.

Now, on to our position on private ownership. Our position is, we support professional private ownership, of who is going to take care of the animal for life and give proper care and safety for that animal. It is not our place to sit in judgment of others. We are neither a sanctioning body nor a regulating agency. We simply provide homes for unwanted animals of all kinds. But since there are a great many of the cats living at The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park, we simply believe that sanctuaries are far worse than private homes, more unwanted animals come in far more abused from sanctuaries than do from private owners in this day and age.

Anyone who wants to possess a big cat should do so only with the knowledge of how to do it, and with the commitment to care for it properly for the duration of its natural life.

Such specialized knowledge can only come from experience. Big cats are dangerous. They can kill you. There is much to know about big cat behavior in general, and the species in particular, before you even entertain the thought of ownership. This knowledge cannot be obtained in the time it takes for a cub to become dangerous. It would be akin to learning to skydive having never seen a parachute until you jumped, and even more dangerous.

Responsibility to care for the cat for the duration of its life can only come from having a location where you will not have to move, the ability to get the proper diet and veterinary care, an enclosure that is safe and large enough, and the financial ability to provide all this.

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The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Foundation, an Oklahoma non-profit organization, is the official support arm of the Park.
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