Endangered lion among 22 animals to disappear from WI roadside zoo over winter


May 31, 2020 photo of a lion at Animal Haven Zoo

22 animals have disappeared from Animal Haven Zoo, Weyauwega, WI, in a five month period, according to inspection reports from the United States Department of Agriculture.


From Nov. 2, 2020, to April 6, 2021, a lion, an Eastern gray kangaroo, a New Guinea Singing Dog, a crab-eating macaque, a goat, a prairie dog, a sika deer, two pigs, nine sheep, two Patagonian cavies and two llamas either died or were sold by the roadside zoo.


Especially of concern is the missing lion which may be one of the lions Animal Haven Zoo purchased from Tiger King Joe Exotic in 2018. An Animal Haven Zoo visitor sent Roadside Zoo News a statement about the lions after her visit.


“Animal Haven Zoo needs to be shut down for sure,” she said. “I visited May 31, 2020. The lion made me the saddest. That big guy was CRYING. Not roaring, CRYING. Long, drawn out cries...He was so hot, there’s no shade. He’s got to be really old too. He could hardly move. THEY’RE LIONS AND TIGERS AND THEY HAVE 5ft to roam!! Outrageous.”


Ask the USDA to inspect Animal Haven Zoo and determine the location of the missing animals by submitting a report to the USDA. License number 35-B-0214.

11/2/2020 USDA inspection report:

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4/6/2021 USDA inspection report:

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