Gentry Wildlife Safari to Reopen after USDA Complaints

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The Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari in Gentry is set to reopen after being shutdown for violating the Animal Welfare Act.

The safari was hit with a $75,000 fine after the USDA filed a complaint against the zoo’s treatment of its animals.

According to the zoo, it’s been fighting the claims for a while, but decided to pay the settlement before it got more expensive.

The USDA filed the complaint at the beginning of 2017 for violations that happened between 2012 and 2016.

Charles Wilmoth, the manager of Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari, said one the violations had to do with inadequate vet care.

Wilmoth says his team was giving proper care to the animals, but weren’t documenting everything.

Looking forward, they are documenting every detail of their care as well as improving some of their winter protocols.

It’s also adding things like adequate shade to some of it’s enclosures.

The Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari has passed recent inspections and plans to reopen tomorrow after being closed for two months.

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