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East Texas Zoo and Gator Park listed for sale by Jason Clay, along with Franklin Drive Thru Safari

Jason Clay has listed his second roadside zoo, East Texas Zoo and Gator Park in Grand Saline, Texas, for sale.

Last week Clay listed Franklin Drive Thru Safari in Franklin, Texas, for sale, with an asking price of $20 million.

Roadside Zoo News has been reporting on Clay for more than two years. We've sent information to local, state and federal authorities about the illegal activity we discovered at Clay's facilities.

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Clay's two roadside zoos have been cited with 35 violations of the Animal Welfare Act since June 2021. Hundreds of animals had been trafficked or otherwise disposed of at the two roadside zoos without records showing what happened to them, documents say.

Clay has repeatedly been cited for failing to provide adequate care to the animals, in some cases resulting in their prolonged suffering or death.

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Clay is on 10 years of felony deferred probation for aggravated assault for severely beating a man in a bar fight in 2017 and for withdrawing $187,000 from a disabled individual’s bank account in 2018 without the man’s consent.

Last December, Roadside Zoo News broke the news that Clay was under investigation related to a 2019 murder that occurred on his property across the street from Franklin Drive Thru Safari.

In June, Clay was indicted along with Doc Antle, owner of Myrtle Beach Safari who was featured in the Netflix show Tiger King. The pair are accused of trafficking a juvenile chimpanzee in violation of the Endangered Species Act and for creating false records.

In July, Clay was indicted by a Robertson County Grand Jury for misapplication of fiduciary property after he allegedly sold a woman a giraffe for $40,000, but never produced the animal; a story that was first reported by Roadside Zoo News.

Roadside zoo owner Jason Clay.

The sale listings for Franklin Drive Thru Safari and East Texas Zoo and Gator Park follow a similar pattern seen in Antle's case. Antle began the process of selling his roadside zoo to his partner, China York, in August.

The Department of Justice wrote in legal documents that the sale would encumber property subject to seizure and would transfer ownership and control of the animals at issue in the lawsuit.

According to the listing on Texas Ranch Sales, the 23-acre East Texas Zoo holds captive dozens of species of exotic animals.

Texas Ranch Sales agent Keith Payne told KRHD25 News that Clay is selling his roadside zoos with the animals included, or he will sell the animals separately.


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