March 28, 2011 § 13 Comments
SOMEONE REPORT THESE PEOPLE!!!
So this is a “licensed zoo and animal sanctuary”??
When I first looked at the photos below, I assumed the “zoo” was closed for the winter – and someone managed to talk their way in…
But after reviewing the “zoos” website, I realize no one had to “talk their way in” since the “zoo” is open year round, every day from 9am to dark. So, this is what the “zoo” looks like on any given day. Nice.
The “zoo” is owned and run by the Gustafson family. They fancy themselves childhood psychology specialists (read their “mandate” page), and I’m surprised they haven’t been shut down long before now since they seem to let children hold and pet the wildlife unsupervised… you know, raccoons, tiger cubs, baby lions, deer, bears, cougars… you name it.
Knowledge and understanding nurtures appreciation and respect.
This in turn, erodes fear and ignorance.
So, after having a farm, then opening a “zoo”, they decided to become a “sanctuary” as well, to “orphaned bears, deer, foxes, coyotes, skunks, unwanted horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, llamas, cats, dogs, etc… all found their way to GuZoo”. And according to the website, Fish and Wildlife officers would drop “orphans” off at their farm. Good to know Fish and Wildlife officers were contributing to this:
That’s a rabbit and a goose in the photo above. I’m not sure what the blood is from, but I do see what looks to be blood on the visible end of the rabbit. According to the person who took the photos, these (along with another pile of carcasses) were just lying there, outside and between pens.
The other photo of carcasses just lying around:
Apparently these particular corpses were just lying in the snow, near some carnivores… and the poor things were going nuts because they were hungry and wanted at the dead animals.
Nothing like throwing a bag of croutons in with the rabbits, and leaving them to either figure out how to work the ziplock technology or choke on the plastic as they tear through!
All of the animals that need heat, like turtles, iguanas, the the little piglet in the photo below, etc. have barely enough warmth to keep them alive. Many animals inside and outside were shivering and/or lethargic.
Sadder still, is the fact that they do not give adequate care to injured animals, such as the young goat below.
Anyone with ANY knowledge about herd mentality will tell you that this little guy is being picked on. He is being run off from the food. His growth will be stunted at the very least – if he’s not outright killed. This baby should be put in quarantine until he is healed, and should be fed separately until he regains his strength.
The proprietor was asked about this goat in particular, and he said it was fine and didn’t need to be removed.
On their website they do discuss what seems to be a concern that’s been brought up to them often; what do they do with the animals during the winter?
We have a number of species who absolutely cannot remain outside during our winters. Some of these animal are; the African Serval Cat, the Cabybara, some of the primates, the Zebu Cattle and the Watusi Cattle. These animals are given winter living arrangements in a heated facility that allows for outdoor exposure on the warmer days of the winter.
Except they’re allowed out during Chinooks of course.
Did you know it gets really cold in Siberia?
And thankfully, all their lions and tigers have “adapted” to the cold winter months. Too bad they haven’t learned how to boil water.
Again, anyone who cares for animals properly knows that eating snow is not sufficient to keep an animals water intake at an appropriate level. It also lowers the body temperature, increasing discomfort.
Their explanation as to why animals lose “condition” in the winter months:
Some of the carnivore may loose some condition over the winter months. The reason being is that frozen food is harder to eat then non frozen food. Although fresh meat is fed out, it may not always be consumed in its entirety before it freezes. A fox or coyote (or lion or tiger) must expend more energy to consume and digest frozen food. But, rest easy knowing that during the summer months, captive carnivores have life pretty darn good, and can easily make up for a small condition loss.
Amazingly, instead of complaining about the condition of the animals, we should “give (their) poor zoo keepers some sympathy”, as they have to go out in the cold to starve feed and not water care for the animals.
Oh, and thinking of adopting a dog?? What about one of these lovable mutts? I’m sure they’re not always caged up like that. And look, it’s summer and there’s STILL no water available!
I guess just the personal dogs get to run free to terrorize play with the wolves…
Those dogs know full well the wolves can’t get at them, so obviously think it’s “fun” to get them all riled up. I hear they love to run around and terrorize all the animals, and that there is dog and cat feces everywhere – even inside those so-called heated living facilities!
In reading about their adoption policies for dogs, they “destroy” any dog that shows aggression of any form, don’t believe in spending time rehabilitating potentially aggressive animals, don’t spay or neuter, and don’t have an adoption contract. Perfect.
More Fun Facts
They’ve “branched out” and gone mobile! They are willing to be hired out to do a mobile petting zoo!! I bet that saves a lot of embarrassing questions when people can’t see the conditions they actually live in. I especially love the way they word their booking fee: $500.00 for the first hour, $150.00 for every half hour after that. But of course, it’s a minimum, 2 hour booking! Come on people, why don’t you just say “$800.00 for two hours, and $150.00 for every half hour past that”???
Here are the people who run GuZoo:
Their contact information
Lynn Gustafson (father)
Irene & Bill Gustafson (son and his wife)
PO Box 898, Three Hills, AB T0M 2A0
Phone: (403) 443-7463
Who to Report them to:
Mr. Richard Marz (PC).
His email address is:
Read Any Number of Bad Reviews
TripAdvisor – some good, some bad – but I always read the “good” ones with a suspicious eye… it always seems like the same person logging in using different persona’s to leave “good” reviews.
In my research, I found this has been an ongoing issue, with people writing and reporting to whomever would ignore them listen.
Quote from WSPA email: more than 150 violations of Alberta’s zoo standards at two roadside zoos – Guzoo Animal Farm (Three Hills) and Discovery Wildlife Park (Innisfail)
Quote from ZooCheck Canada: In addition, children in the petting area are unsupervised putting both the young animals and children at risk of injury and disease transmission. From this report: http://www.zoocheck.com/Reportpdfs/Guzoo07.pdf
Actually, read any of the reports on this page since it seems to have been an issue since 1987: http://zoocheck.com/search.html?cx=017410547732590605057%3Ah7l-9y3em-4&q=guzoo&sa.x=0&sa.y=0&sa=search&cof=FORID%3A11&siteurl=www.zoocheck.com%2F
Photos stolen from: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=636678&id=563805693 (and they were uploaded just today!)