Park Accreditations & Certifications

What does "being a member" or holding an "accreditation" mean to you? Nothing really, there are many clubs, originations, and dictators within the animal industry. It really boils down to who you know, what you can afford to fork out to be friends of the board members of each club. Keep in mind the only government assigned agency is the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). Other than that all the clubs and originations are made up of a private group of people who choose to start a club. None of them have any higher power than the other.

G.W. Exotic Animal Park Accreditations

There is no private organization that has the funds, time, or man power to inspect and police the members facilities that they collect membership dues from. They go through sometimes a onsite inspection at the beginning of the process and sometime they even get approved by just mailing in photos. Once this is done there is nothing that goes on a day to day basis to assure animal welfare is being the first priority. The USDA is the only government agency with the funds, power and resources to make sure the animals care is first.

Please understand the politics in Sanctuaries. Most Sanctuaries are NOT licensed by the USDA so they are not inspected by NO ONE, and more and more Sanctuaries are failing to meet proper care guidlines. Just because they are a member of a Sanctuary orginazation does not give them any accreditations for the care they keep on a daily basis. Most orginazations do not ever inspect the facility at all. It works on a buddy system and a membership dues. Only holding USDA license will guarantee that they meet the standards of day to day care.

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VALID LICENSES HELD

  • USDA Exhibitor license
  • Federal Fish and Wildlife Import/Export license
  • Oklahoma Game Breeders license
  • Oklahoma Non-Game Breeders license
  • Oklahoma Exhibitors license
  • Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Crevide license
  • Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Rendering license

CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS

  • Associate member of the Zoological Association of America
  • Uniting a Proactive Primate and Exotic Animal and League
  • United States Zoological Association
  • African Association of Zoos & Aquaria

ACCREDITATIONS

  • United States Zoological Association
  • Uniting a Proactive Primate and Exotic Animal and League
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