In regard to the warning about a lack of heating, Meadows said it was during a hard cold spell in February and the temperature outside was 10 degrees, while the temperature in the animal shelter registered at different locations between 32 to 39 degrees.
The standard is 45 degrees, according to the warning notice.
Meadows explained the lack in record keeping was the reason the park was written up for failure to provide environmental enhancement for the primates.
“We are an interactive zoo,” Meadows said. “Because (the one-on-one interaction) wasn’t documented on a day-to-day log we were written up for it.”
Meadows said an online tourism site lists the park as the top attraction in Tuttle. A review of the park on TripAdvisor.com showed the park received 142 reviews, with 20 reviews listing the park negatively.
Meadows blames the recent negative publicity on the national Humane Society and animal activist groups. They want to cut out private ownership and private zoos, he said.