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Oklahoma animal park owner asserts problems in USDA warning have been corrected

The owner of Tiger Safari animal park in Tuttle says he has addressed eight infractions listed in a warning from the U.S. Department of Agriculture against the private zoo in central Oklahoma.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL, For The Oklahoman Modified: June 25, 2014 at 11:54 pm •  Published: June 25, 2014

photo - Tiger Safari owner Bill Meadows holds his new gibbon apes Teeka, left, and Marley.
Tiger Safari owner Bill Meadows holds his new gibbon apes Teeka, left, and Marley.

A private animal safari owner said Wednesday a federal warning levied against him for substandard care of exotic animals in his care has been corrected.

“The problems have been corrected,” said William Meadows, Tiger Safari owner.

The May 21 Animal and Plant Inspection warning against Tiger Safari from the U.S. Department of Agriculture listed eight infractions ranging from failure to provide sufficient heat and light to several lemurs and a capuchin monkey, failure to provide an environmental enhancement plan to promote psychological well-being to primates, rodent infestation, and failure to provide clean and safe cages.

“Meadows has a long history of poor animal care,” said Naseem Amini, media relations specialist for the Humane Society of the United States.

In an email, Amini said “since 2004, he has been repeatedly cited by the USDA and in September 2012, he was also issued an official warning by the agency for serious violations that included inadequate public safety barriers around big cat and bear cages and multiple enclosures that were hazardous to the animals.”

Efforts to reach Amini after hours were unsuccessful.

We have growing pains,” Meadows said. “All of the animals are well taken care of and we have one of the cleanest parks in the state.”

The problems were already corrected when the federal agency came back out to the animal park to follow-up on the neglect allegations, he said.

>>Read: Tiger Safari in Tuttle goes ape for rare gibbons (Published Sept. 21, 2013)

>>Read: Oklahoma couple finds passion in caring for exotic animals (Published Aug. 24, 2010)

>>Read: Oklahoma couple shares pool with swimming orangutan (Published Aug. 24, 2010)

>>Read: Animal park prepares to open (Published July 8, 2003)

>>Read: Tiger Safari owner heads to Africa (Published May 8, 2007)

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