Liberty Park Charities, Inc. is currently working on Desert Thunder Animal Sanctuary & Ecology Theme Park a non-government park that will depend on the assistance of sponsors, donors and supporters.
Our mission at Liberty Park is to positively impact the environment with wildlife preservation and ecological conservation by building an animal sanctuary, a forest in the desert and a cactus farm.
The animals at Desert Thunder will include Wild Horses, Mustangs, Burros, Mexican Grey Wolves, Black Footed Ferrets and Captive Exotics.
WHY Captive Exotics?
Because the majority of states do not keep accurate records of exotic animals entering their state, it is impossible to determine exactly how many exotic animals are privately held as pets, but the number is estimated to be quite high. An estimated 5,000 tigers alone are held by private individuals.
The American Veterinary Medical Association, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have all expressed opposition to the possession of certain exotic animals by individuals. Exotic animals — lions, tigers, wolves, bears, reptiles, non-human primates — belong in their natural habitats and not in the hands of private individuals as “pets.”
Exotic animals do not make good companions. They require special care, housing, diet, and maintenance that the average person cannot provide. When in the hands of private individuals, the animals suffer due to poor care. They also pose safety and health risks to their owners and any person coming into contact with them. By their very nature, these animals are wild and potentially dangerous and, as such, do not adjust well to a captive environment.
Individuals possessing exotic animals often attempt to change the nature of the animal rather than the nature of the care provided. Such tactics include confinement in small, barren enclosures, chaining, beating “into submission,” or even painful mutilations, such as declawing and tooth removal.
A largely unregulated trend is the hybrid breeding of wild cats with house cats, with predictably disastrous consequences. It is expensive and difficult to keep wild animals in captivity. These animals oftentimes live in inhumane conditions, and pose a serious threat to public safety.
If and when the individual realizes he/she can no longer care for an exotic pet, he/she usually turns to zoos and other institutions such as sanctuaries to relieve him/her of the responsibility. However, all the zoos and accredited institutions could not possibly accommodate the number of unwanted exotic animals. Consequently, the majority of these animals are euthanized, abandoned, or doomed to live in deplorable conditions.
There is no wild animal census in the United States, and many states have lax oversight, so any estimates about the population of wild animals in captivity is at best an educated guess. We do know that common animals kept as pets include lions, tigers, cougars, ocelots, servals, wolves, bears, alligators, snakes and nonhuman primates like chimpanzees. These are wild animals, who are dangerous by nature and cannot be domesticated.
Desert Thunder Wildlife Animal Sanctuary will provide life-long homes for captive exotic animals previously abused, abandoned, or illegally kept in an attempt to educate the public about causes and solutions.