Arbuckle Wilderness Park
Milton Wayne Shambo, d/b/a Wayne’s World Safari and Arbuckle Wilderness
ARBUCKLE ADVENTURES L L C (ARBUCKLE WILDERNESS PARK)
Customer No: 324698
Certificate No: 73-C-0190
Certificate Status: ACTIVE
Status Date: Aug 19, 2011
6132 Kay Starr Trail
DAVIS ,OK 73030
Factsheet on ZAA zoos and citations at Arbuckle Wilderness Park.
USDA Citations against Arbuckle Wilderness Park
It isn’t very often that you see so many violations on each inspection report. After years and years of repeat violations, why hasn’t USDA revoked this license?
Well, turns out the USDA did revoke Milton Wayne Shambo, d/b/a Wayne’s World Safari in 2006, so why is the park operating under a new license now, and who is really running the show?
Animal Inventory for Inspection Date: Aug 14, 2014
Inspection Animal Count Animal Common Name Animal Group Name
6 ADDAX ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
20 ALFREDS SPOTTED DEER ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
6 AMERICAN BISON ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
17 ARABIAN ORYX ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
2 ASIATIC WATER BUFFALO ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
16 BARBARY SHEEP ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
9 BLACKBUCK ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
5 COMMON ELAND ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
2 COMMON ZEBRA ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
2 DOMESTIC BACTRIAN CAMEL ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
70 FALLOW DEER ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
1 NILGAI ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
11 PERE DAVIDS DEER ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
12 RED DEER ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
1 SPOTTED HYENA ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
1 WHITE RHINOCEROS ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
2 YAK ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
13 ZEBU ALL OTHER COVERED SPECIE
7 ALPACA OTHER FARM ANIMALS
1 COW OR OX OTHER FARM ANIMALS
19 LLAMA OTHER FARM ANIMALS
1 TIGER WILD/EXOTIC FELINES
47 ARMENIAN MOUFLON WILD/EXOTIC HOOFSTOCK
2 PERSIAN IBEX (WILD GOAT) WILD/EXOTIC HOOFSTOCK
Who Ownes Arbuckle LLC?
ARBUCKLE ADVENTURES, LLC
Filing Number: 3512109090
Status: Inactive Status Description
Corp type: Domestic Limited Liability Company
Formation Date: 15 Jun 2006
Registered Agent Information
Name: CRAIG ABLA
Effective: 21 Jan 2009
Address: 118 WEST MUSKOGEE
City, State , ZipCode: SULPHUR OK 73086
Review: Have you visited Arbuckle Wilderness lately? I don’t think the animals are being fed well at all. There is not much grass for the animals to eat. Some of the animals are bony and some have weird patches of fur. I feel so bad for those animals. It was not what I was expecting to see. – DG
December 5, 2014
By Bob Coleman
Editor, Coleman Report
The strategy didn’t work out well for the prosecution for one case. After a three day trial in August the borrower, Victor Garrett, was exonerated and declared not guilty by the jury.
In 2009, Garrett, the owner of Arbuckle Wilderness Center Park, an exotic animal park applied for a $3.4 million USDA b&I loan with an 80% federal government guaranty. The bank’s legal lending limit was $1.2 million.
That would have been fine except Garrett had already maxed out his borrowings at the bank.
So, our banker, Dub Moore, got a straw man to borrow $480,000 in November 2009 and the money went into Garrett’s account.
Reported NewsOK, “Garrett admitted that he received the proceeds from the excessive loan, but denied any intentional wrongdoing.
“‘He did get the money, but he never intended to defraud the bank and never conspired with anyone,’ said John Coyle, Garrett’s attorney, adding that his client used his loans for Arbuckle Wilderness.”
The jury agreed.
Another borrower, Roy Wesberry was found guilty on bank fraud charges in October.
In addition to the two years in jail Dub was slapped with $14 million in restitution.
First National Bank of Davis was closed in 2011 with a loss of $26 million to the FDIC.
The former owner of Arbuckle Wilderness was found not guilty of federal bank fraud and conspiracy charges late Thursday in a case that stemmed from improper loans that contributed to the failure of a Davis bank.
Arbuckle Wilderness is an exotic animal park near Davis.
Victor Earl Garrett, the park’s former owner, was indicted by a federal grand jury that alleged he conspired with W.A. Moore Jr. in 2009 — when Moore was president of First National Bank of Davis — to take out a bank loan that exceeded the federal lending limit.
After Garrett had reached his legal lending limit, a straw man was used as an intermediary to hide from bank examiners an additional $481,247 loan, the grand jury alleged.
Garrett admitted that he received the proceeds from the excessive loan, but denied any intentional wrongdoing.
“He did get the money, but he never intended to defraud the bank and never conspired with anyone,” said John Coyle, Garrett’s attorney, adding that his client used his loans for Arbuckle Wilderness.
A Muskogee federal court jury found Garrett not guilty during a three-day trial.
Coyle called the verdict a “huge win.”
Garrett owned Arbuckle Wilderness from 2004 to 2011, but lost the park to foreclosure and now lives in Texas, Coyle said.
With the court victory behind him, Garrett plans to spend the weekend helping to capture wildebeests, the attorney said.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he opens another park in the future now that he has his life back,” Coyle said.
Moore, the banker, previously pleaded guilty to bank fraud and is awaiting sentencing.
First National Bank of Davis was closed by the Comptroller of the Currency in March 2011. Pauls Valley National Bank took many of its assets.
Controversy, Changes Stirring At Popular State Animal Park
Posted: May 25, 2012 11:37 PM EDT
Many families have gone to Arbuckle Wilderness to see and feed the animals in the drive thru park. But all that may be changing this summer, after the former owner of the park sent News 9 a letter outlining the recent takeover. The new owners, however, say it’s packed full of lies.
One thing both parties agree on, the park as we know it may change come June 7 and all the animals there may have to go elsewhere.
You see the signs for Arbuckle Wilderness as you drive down I-35 toward Davis. For many it’s a popular pit stop to see exotic wildlife up close and personal. But word that the animals may have to leave the park comes as a shock to park visitors.
According to a letter from the park’s previous owner, the current owners, Arbuckle Adventures, are operating without an exotic animal exhibitor license. The new park owners wouldn’t let News 9 into the park Friday, but did send a response.
It says they do have a license and states former owner Vic Garrett and his family defaulted on their loans and are in the middle of a foreclosure.
The new owners say they came in and bought part of the park and most of the animals to try to save the park. The FDIC is now involved and has given Arbuckle Wilderness until June 7 to remove the animals.
Arbuckle Adventures says they are trying to get an extension on moving all those animals. They have been in contact with other zoos in Texas and elsewhere to find them a temporary homes.
The new owner says he also owns land around the park and could house some of the animals, temporarily, or could move the park permanently with some development.
What kind of reporting is that when they can’t even figure out WHO the new owners really are behind the corporate veil?
Park owner buys Arbuckle Wilderness
DAVIS (AP) — The owner of a 50-acre animal park near Corpus Christi, Texas, has purchased Arbuckle Wilderness for $1.1 million in a sale approved by a federal bankruptcy judge.
Wayne Shambo’s purchase of the 459-acre exotic animal theme park and tourist attraction must be approved by the U.S. Agriculture Department.
Shambo operates Wayne’s World Safari, which opened in February north of Corpus Christi. He said he has some experience with exotic animals and has visited several wildlife theme parks.
Honey Creek Entertainment Inc., the park’s former owner, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in July 1997. It listed debts of $3.4 million. First National Bank of Durant, which is owed about $2.4 million, is financing the park for Shambo.