Thanks to PETA supporters like you, we made big-cat terrorizer Tim Stark irrelevant and rescued multiple animals from his now-defunct roadside zoo, Wildlife in Need. But we need your continued support to help animals trapped at another longtime PETA target: Waccatee Zoo, the worst roadside zoo in America.
Together, we can work to get animals like Lila the tiger moved to reputable facilities where they can have some peace on Earth at last.
Get to know just a few of the animals exploited and driven insane at this roadside zoo in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina:
Lila the Tiger
Tigers are known for their unique coat patterns, which (in nature) help them camouflage themselves, making them almost invisible in the forest as they travel vast distances. But Lila no longer looks like a tiger—she is almost completely bald and spends her days pacing in a deplorable cage.
Simba and Princess, Lions
In nature, lions work together to solve tasks and females form highly stable, maternal groups. But Simba …
… and Princess …
… are forced to live separately and alone in cramped, dismal enclosures.
Care Bear and Spook, Black Bears
In their natural habitats, you’ll find black bears biting, clawing, and rubbing against trees and other objects to leave messages for each other. Visit Waccatee and you’ll spot Care Bear and Spook with nothing to do but pace or sit in a shallow pool of dirty water.
Tucker and Hope, Long-Tailed Macaques
Long-tailed macaques are excellent swimmers and enjoy sleeping in trees that hang over rivers, but at Waccatee, Tucker and Hope live in a small cage and have been observed attacking their own limbs, likely out of frustration or desperation.
Ernie and Maxine, Red Foxes
In nature, red foxes have a large main den with additional burrows for sleeping and hiding. But at America’s worst roadside zoo, Ernie and Maxine live in a small, barren cage with nothing to do and only plastic barrels for shelter.
Jake the Tufted Capuchin
When male tufted capuchins have been separated for a time, they often approach one another quickly, embrace, and loudly vocalize, much like humans who’ve spent time away from their loved ones. But Jake doesn’t get to live with other capuchins. Instead, he’s been seen exhibiting signs of severe psychological distress: shaking, clutching, and even biting himself.
These are only some of the animals trapped within this real-life house of horrors’ small, unkempt enclosures. Sha-Sha (a pig-tailed macaque); Handsome, Jocko Jr., and Lil Trix (hamadryas baboons); and Clyde (a camel) …
… are also neglected and left to suffer in desolate conditions. So we’re calling on Waccatee to do the right thing: Send these tormented animals to reputable facilities where they can have some peace on Earth at last. And the good news is that you can help! Please print a letter saying that you pledge not to visit Waccatee and mail it to the owner, Kathleen Futrell: