Wynnewood animal sanctuary receives new animals

G.W. Exotic Animal Park received some new animals from defunct parks in Indiana. The private park brought the 11 tigers, four primates and a leopard to Oklahoma on April 12.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: April 14, 2011

— A private animal refuge has received more than a dozen big cats and primates from two other facilities in the Midwest.

Eleven tigers, three chimpanzees, a leopard and a mandrill arrived Tuesday at G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Park, park director Joe Schreibvogel said.

The animals come from animal sanctuaries that could no longer afford to keep them, Schreibvogel said. The tigers and leopard came from a site in Indiana, and the chimpanzees and mandrill came from Missouri.

Schreibvogel said he did not want to name the places where the animals came from because he feared retribution against those locations.

“The animals we took in were by no means starving or mistreated,” he said.

He said he expects to receive about 18 more tigers and 15 more chimpanzees from those locations.

He said the economy has been tough on sanctuaries, zoos and refuges.

“The economy's bad,” he said. “Donations are down. Fuel prices are up. Everything's a struggle.”

He said his park stays in business through donations of cash and scrap metal.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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