Austin Alexander, Kailyn Gunther, Noah Lapp, & Adam Oakes Introduction
The Wildlife Safari is a drive-through zoo that is located in Winston, Oregon. The park was created in 1972 by Frank Hart (History, 2017). Hart’s dream was to create a facility in the Pacific Northwest that would work towards saving rare and endangered species from around the world. The park is 600 acres, allowing around 500 animals to live comfortably on the land (Johnson, 2017). The Park hosts 160,000 guests a year and this number is steadily climbing. It is one of the few places in the world to get a glimpse of some truly exotic and majestic animals (History, 2017).
Along with its rare wildlife attractions, it is also the second best institution in the world, second only to the Cheetah Conservation Botswana or breeding cheetahs in Africa (History, 2017). The cheetah breeding program hosted by the Wildlife Safari would not be where it is today without Dr. Laurie L. Marker. Dr. Marker helped develop the U.S. and international captive program, establishing the most successful captive cheetah-breeding program in North America during her 16 years at Oregon’s Wildlife Safari in the USA …show more content…
While living at the Wildlife Safari the animals are given a chance at life--even if in human care. They also serve in important job as “wildlife ambassadors” who will be able to help educate the public in the importance of the conservation of wildlife. Illegal exotic pet confiscations face similar threats of euthanasia if a licensed facility cannot step in to take them. Wildlife Safari contributes about $40,000 a year to two pre-chosen organizations that focus directly on conservation efforts of specific species. In past years they have made donations to Cheetah Conservation Botswana, International Elephant Foundation and Tiger Conservation