I was just there and spoke with owner of the Lakewood Zoo. He is self funded and does this out of passion. The reason there are fireworks is because he apparently owned a buiness in that field and recently sold it. Sale of the business created this zoo. Yes you will see some fireworks and other things in the gift shop there. They sell a variety of things to support these animals, which have been rescued from tragic situations. The white tiger is being well tended to. Her previous owners kept her in a mall circus wagon cage and her paws were burned from urine.
What you will see is a small town zoo and the cages are well kept; however you will smell the animals because they are ANIMALS and you can get that close to them. You will see goats and rabbits freely wandering around, you will see fresh water for drinking and well kept concrete ponds for the tigers to play in. There is nothing wrong at this zoo. It is more of a rehab facility and continues to expand. I have animals of my own and live very close to the famous Jo-Don Farms and know the cost of upkeep, maintenance, food, shelter - Bravo to this family and his rescuing efforts.
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