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A zoo comes to G.W. Exotic Animal Park
A zoo comes to G.W. Exotic Animal Park

While you might see lions and tigers and bears inside the G.W. Exotic Animal Park, you might not expect to see them on the outside.

However, that might be what some visitors see on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. That's because the animal park was called upon to help with an emergency re-home of animals due to the failing economy and states creating laws banning certain animals.

Crews left to retrieve 11 tigers, 1 leopard, 3 chimpanzees and 1 madrill and bring them back to their new home at the park.

Many animal refuges are closing by the month around the country due to the recession and are leaving animals with nowhere to go.

"It is very important that the public and the lawmakers see the destruction ban laws are causing for the animals of the United States.  Any state or city that is passing such laws are only forcing animals out of private homes wherein most can and do provide well for the animals.  We feel that if a state, city, or county wishes to pass such laws that they should be responsible for the cost of moving and caring for these animals, instead of the burden being put on the private sector to foot the bill," said Joe Schreibvogel, Park Director.

Fortunately for this group of animals, the G.W. Exotic Animal Park has the space, resources and volunteers to help.

The park is asking visitors for donations to help with the increased cost of 16 new animals.

For more information, visit the park's website.

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