Wild New Attraction Opens in SE Oklahoma

by Joseph Smith

A family and their menagerie of mammals went searching for a new home and landed in Oklahoma just in time for the holidays.

Ryan and Jamie Krueger started out from their former home in Washington State where they had come to realize they needed a new home and warmer climate for their petting zoo. The family spent four months on the road before deciding to make their home in Atoka.  

The Kruegers, both teachers and animal lovers, recently opened PAWsitively Wild Animal Encounters & Education Center. The center is inside an old school building the family renovated for their into a zoo and learning center. 

PAWsitively Wild is an indoor learning center that the Kreuger’s hope will teach kids about exotic and wild animals. Their collection of critters includes a capybara, a kangaroo, an alpaca and many more. 

The entire operation is a family affair. Each member of the family helps out with the animals. 

“We are starting a new activity here where we have kids watch movies with the animals,” Ryan said.

If you’d like to learn more about PAWsitively Wild, you can find them on Facebook or you can visit them at 973 W 13th St, Atoka, OK 74525.  They are open from Noon until Six on Saturday and Sunday. You can also call them at  580-750-9123.

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