PETA: Dickerson Park Zoo’s Underhanded Activities Exposed!

February 28th, 2008 6:11 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Date: Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 11:26 AM
Subject: Dickerson Park Zoo’s Underhanded Activities Exposed!

Documents received by PETA reveal that in 2007, the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Mo., “donated” a kudu and a kangaroo to Buddy Jordan, a notorious animal dealer who has been featured in numerous media investigative reports. The media investigations have all documented that Jordan sold animals to hunting ranches, operators of exotic-animal auctions, exotic-animal breeders and dealers, unaccredited zoos, and pet owners. The zoo also sold two giraffes to Los Jaboncillos Ranch in Texas and transferred three kangaroos and a wallaby to Dianna Tatum, a licensed animal dealer.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) states that it accredits “only those institutions that have achieved rigorous standards for animal care …” and has a policy that prohibits accredited zoos from sending animals to auctions or hunting ranches. Clearly, the Dickerson Park Zoo fails on all counts.

You Can Help

1. Please click here to contact the AZA and ask it to revoke Dickerson Park Zoo’s accreditation.

2. The zoo is a division of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. Please contact the board and politely ask it to ensure that the animals who have been so callously discarded by the zoo are retrieved and relocated to accredited facilities. In addition, urge the board to implement a policy prohibiting the disposal of “surplus” zoo animals to unaccredited facilities. Please send polite comments to:

Bob Horton, Chair
Springfield-Greene County Park Board
1923 N. Weller
Springfield, MO 65803
417-837-5811 (fax)
parks [at]

Thank you for caring about animals.


Lisa Wathne
Captive Exotic Animal Specialist

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