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Posted on Aug 21, 2012 in News Feed | 0 comments

Eye Witness Says Two Chimps Escape GW Exotic Animal Park

PeTA group calls for USDA to shut down GW Exotic Animal Park




An animal rights group is calling for a local animal park to be shut down after two chimpanzees got out of their cage last Friday.


An eye witness called the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) after they saw the two chimps escape at GW Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood.


After about an hour on the loose, the animals were lured back in their cage with popsicles.


No one was hurt, but PETA officials say the incident was caused by employee carelessness. That’s grounds to have their license revoked.


USDA failed to cite GW Exotic Animal Park for this reported escape.



This is what others said about a similar chimp escape in Las Vegas.

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Posted on Aug 20, 2012 in Fakers and Haters | 0 comments

Sara Comstock-MacKelvey AKA Sara Serval


Sara Comstock-MacKelvey, who posts online under the name Sara Serval, is President and CEO of The Serval Conservation Organization which professes to be devoted to preserving the serval in the wild.  The organization’s website,, seeks donations but has no financial disclosure information, does not indicate that it is a nonprofit, and has virtually no information about anything that it has accomplished.  It does not show up on the IRS website or in Guidestar, so apparently is not a nonprofit.

Sara reportedly has servals and savannah cats (hybrids between servals and domestic cats) and is an advocate of private ownership of these animals as pets.   She is associated with organizations like GW Exotics, one of the most notorious exploiters of tiger cubs for petting exhibits, USZA, an alleged accrediting organization set up by Joe Schreibvogel of GW Exotics to accredit himself and other substandard facilities, and  ZAA and FCF, two other organizations who advocate private ownership of exotic animals.

She reportedly is attempting or planning  to move her serval and hybrid cat colony to Joe Schreibvogel’s GW Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma.   Schreibvogel was fined $25,000 in 2006 after 197 citations by USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act and in recent years has been the subject of USDA investigations including one for the deaths of 23 tiger cubs.  An investigative news expose’  by Inside Edition found sick cubs being used at his cub petting traveling exhibit and CBS Morning Edition did a report in 2012 showing mistreatment of tiger cubs at his park. The owner, Joe Schreibvogel, told BBC that if he lost his license to keep the animals or went broke he would euthanize all of the animals, and he told CBS that if someone tried to take his animals there would be a “small Waco.”  This is the kind of company kept by “Sara Serval.”


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Posted on Aug 19, 2012 in Abuse, Browse by Name | 0 comments

Animal Haven Zoo Jim or Dawn Hofferber


N1720 Bucholtz Road

Weyauwega, WI 54983


Jim or Dawn Hofferber

Phone number: (920) 867-3707

Fax number: (715) 258-1541

E-mail address:

Legal Name (DBA):

USDA License in the name of DAWN HOFFERBER

Customer No: 6211

Certificate No: 35-B-0104

Certificate Status: ACTIVE

Status Date: Feb 12, 1997


Undercover investigators for 20/20 caught Jim Hofferber offering to give away tigers to them despite their lack of knowledge about keeping tigers.  When confronted with that fact, his excuse was that no one checked him out before selling him tigers.  He unwittingly admitted what animal protection groups have known all along;  having a USDA license is easy to get, hard to lose and there is no way for USDA to catch wrongdoers most of the time.
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Many of the scenes in the video above are from GW Park.

In 2010 Animal Haven Zoo was cited for inadequate shelter.

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Posted on Aug 19, 2012 in Fakers and Haters | 0 comments

Linda Sue Malie

509 Ivy Drive, Sebring, FL 33876


Email address:

Linda Sue claims to be an animal advocate who focuses on rabbits.  But, she has associated with Joe Schreibvogel, one of the most notorious exploiters of tiger cubs in the country, and joined in his false attacks on Big Cat Rescue.  This is in spite of the fact that Schreibvogel, in our opinion, is a hypocrite who has duped her and other rabbit advocates into thinking he was concerned about rabbits.  According to an email from a former staff member who worked at Schreibvogel’s zoo, Schreibvogel regularly fed live chickens and rabbits to his big cats until he decided to attack Big Cat Rescue with false claims and encourage rabbit advocates like Linda Sue to join in his attacks .  See email correspondence below between Howard Baskin of Big Cat Rescue and Satrina McAnally, former bookkeeper at Schreibvogel’s G.W. Exotic Memorial Animal Park.

Rather than go to trial, Schreibvogel in early 2013 agreed to Consent Judgments totaling over $1 milion after being sued by Big Cat Rescue in federal court for trademark violations and violating the Digital Media Copyright Act (DMCA) by using and misrepresenting a photo owned by Big Cat Rescue of rabbits that are purchased frozen as food for the cats.  After take down notices were issued by Big Cat Rescue pursuant to the DMCA, Schreibvogel falsely, under penalty of perjury, issued a counter notification.  For more information about Schreibvogel, with whom Linda Sue has appeared on internet broadcasts, visit


From: Howard Baskin

Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 7:38 PM
To: ‘Satrina McAnally’
Subject: rabbits

Could you remind me where you said he bought chickens and rabbits that were put in the cages alive?

From: Satrina McAnally
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2012 7:07 AM
To: ‘Howard Baskin’
Subject: RE: rabbits

We got them from a swap meet or we had a couple guys that would deliver them if we called.  We even let a couple customers throw them in and some got to watch.  When the public was around it was only chickens.  After hours they would give them rabbits.

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Posted on Aug 19, 2012 in Browse by Name, News Feed | 0 comments

ZooMontana Loses AZA Accreditation and Tigers

ZooMontana Loses AZA Accreditation and Tigers

11 hours ago  •  By SUSAN OLP
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Two of ZooMontana’s Siberian tigers have moved to a new home.

Tierny and Koosaka, a pair of 5-year-old sisters on loan from the Philadelphia Zoo, left Billings on Monday morning for the Binghamton Zoo in New York, said ZooMontana Executive Director Jeff Ewelt.

The Billings zoo continues to be home to Prince, also a Siberian tiger.

The Binghamton Zoo had been without a tiger since losing its sole tiger to suspected kidney disease last August, according to an article from the Associated Press. Tierny and Koosaka will go on display there starting Wednesday.

The transfer of the two big cats was expected. The decision by the Philadelphia Zoo to move them came in the aftermath of ZooMontana losing its accreditation in May 2011.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums revoked the zoo’s accreditation because a long-term funding plan was not sufficiently in place. That prompted the Philadelphia Zoo to relocate the two tigers, although an inspection of the tigers last August by that zoo’s animal curator showed the tigers were in great shape.

The choice of where the two tigers would go was decided by a recommendation from the Species Survival Plan. The tigers came to ZooMontana through that breeding program.

ZooMontana coordinated with the Philadelphia and Binghamton zoos on the transfer of the two tigers, Ewelt said Saturday. As hard as it was to see them go, he said, the move has its upside.

“It was tough personally, but on a business level it’s not a bad thing by any means,” Ewelt said. “With winter coming, that’s two less mouths to feed.”

Come spring, he said, the zoo will begin to look for opportunities to bring in additional big cats. As for the zoo itself, Ewelt sees it moving in a positive direction.

“We’ve had a really good summer,” he said. “We feel really good that respect and credibility are coming back.”

ZooMontana hosted events nearly every weekend this summer, including a revival of ZooGrass, and slots for weddings and company picnics have been selling out. The zoo has also seen a lot of repeat visitors.

It will go into winter debt-free, “something we haven’t been in a while,” said Ewelt, who came on board to steer ZooMontana in a new direction after it lost its accreditation.

The first opportunity the zoo has to reapply for accreditation is in September.

“We are at the point where we’d be accredited quite quickly,” he said. “But we’re going to wait.”

The zoo has challenges ahead, but is ready to meet them, Ewelt said. He and other zoo officials are looking at different avenues to become financially stable, and Ewelt is optimistic the zoo will reach that point.

“Becoming sustainable is certainly on the horizon for us,” he said. “It’s going to take some work, some creative thinking to make that happen, but we’ve got a great team and people on our side.”

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