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Zoological Wildlife Foundation owner: Among those arrested were the men who the authorities said headed the ring, Mario Tabraue and his father, Guillermo. When the men were arrested at their homes in Dade County, Mario Tabraue’s wife tossed a bundle of $50,000 in cash out the back window, said Lloyd E. Dean, an agent of the FBI.

Mario Tabruae Changes Zoological Imports

to Zoological Wildlife Foundation Petting Zoo

Think it would be cool to touch a cub?  Then you might be interested in this shocking online review of the infamous Zoological Wildlife Foundation in Miami. In December, a family’s vacation was ruined when a large tiger cub that was “not under control” attacked their young daughter, biting her on the leg and sending her to the hospital with a nasty wound which required three stitches. The family posted photos of the girl’s injuries as well as the exact moment the cub attacked her.

Girl Mauled Zoological Wildlife Foundation Mario Tabraue

Girl Mauled Zoological Wildlife Foundation Mario Tabraue

The ZWF is on 4.87 acres and as of 2018 there were 30 big cats (lions, ligers, leopards, snow leopard, and jaguars) along with a chimp and numerous other primates.

USDA Citation and Fine against Zoological Wildlife Foundation in 2015

Excellent 2014 article with well documented citations:

http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2014/05/mario-tabraue-cocaine-kingpin-lobbying-congress-big-cats

USDA Inspections

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2018-OCT This inspection states there are

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May 10, 2009 As an example of where Antle’s tigers end up, in AWA Docket No. 09-0085 the judge found that Bhagavan Antle released two tigers to Ray Thunderhawk, who had already lost his USDA license and who had abandoned 75 tigers in Palm Bay, Florida. Thunderhawk ran a “pay to play” operation whereby patrons pay to pet and pose with big cats and he took the two tigers from Antle in S.C. to Boston before taking them to the buyer in Miami.

The buyer was Mario S. Tabruae of Zoological Imports 2000 located at 16225 SW 172 Av Miami, FL 33187. Tabruae admitted to falsifying records to make it look as if he had purchased directly from Antle and that Antle had delivered the tigers. Dec 12, 1987 New York Times reports that Mario S.Tabruae was arrested for:

“A drug-smuggling ring that killed an informer and cut up his body while trafficking in a half-million pounds of marijuana has been broken, the Federal authorities said today. The ring also bribed police officers to protect their operation, said Richard Gregorie, the chief assistant United States Attorney here. At one time, the indictment charged, members of the ring used Miami police officers to collect, count and disburse drug profits.

Mario-TabraueThe ring operated for at least 10 years, smuggling the marijuana, along with some cocaine, into Louisiana and Florida, Mr. Gregorie said. Six of the seven people indicted in the case were arrested here by a special Federal law-enforcement group combatting drug smuggling. The seventh was in custody in another state. $50,000 Caught by Agent Among those arrested were the men who the authorities said headed the ring, Mario Tabraue and his father, Guillermo. When the men were arrested at their homes in Dade County, Mario Tabraue’s wife tossed a bundle of $50,000 in cash out the back window, said Lloyd E. Dean, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation here. The money was caught by a Federal agent, Mr. Dean said.”

Attachments from Mother Jones article:

Indictment

Cheetah

Mario-TabraueIn the Mirror article; Orgies, drugs and bodies piled up – real Scarface was even more brutal than film, they reported Mario Tabraue was rumoured to be the main inspiration for Scarface and his alleged $79 million smuggling operation and photo at the time seems to substantiate the claim.  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/orgies-drugs-bodies-piled-up-18295501

 

ZOOLOGICAL WILDLIFE FOUNDATION INC
Customer Number:
11292
Certificate Number:
58-B-0306
License Type:
Class B – Dealer
Certificate Status:
Active
Status Date:
7/14/2021

 

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