'Safari Joe' Bound Over For Trial in Mayes County Sex Abuse Case

The owner of Green Country wildlife rescue sanctuary, charged with sexual abuse of minors will be bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing today, January 3.

Joe Matthew Estes, 45, will be tried on two counts of rape by instrumentation and one charge of lewd molestation. Other charges were dismissed.

Estes' hearing is set for January 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Estes was arrested in August following reports of engaging in sexual activities with two minors between May 2005 and September 2006.

Safari Joe's is a 200-acre exotic wildlife rescue sanctuary located three miles north of Adair on Highway 69.

The mission of Safari Joe's Wildlife Rescue and Exotic Animal Park is to protect and nurture neglected or injured wildlife unable to return to their natural habitats.