Hundreds of exotic predators roam Colorado plains at world’s largest wild animal sanctuary

Timothy Hill

Did you know that hundreds of exotic predators get in touch with northeastern Colorado household?

The Wild Animal Sanctuary, which operates a few places in Colorado (in Springfield, Craig, and Keenesburg) and one in Texas, provides a dwelling to over 650 rescued animals, including lions, tigers, bears, wolves, leopards, and other huge carnivores.

The organization’s animals, which are usually rescued from unlawful or abusive circumstances all-around the world, now live in roomy habitats in the Centennial State. 

The Wild Animal Sanctuary operates on over 30,000 acres of land in Colorado throughout their 3 destinations, creating it the biggest wild animal sanctuary in the environment, in accordance to its web-site. 

“It is our intention to place all of our rescued animals into significant acreage habitats where they can expertise daily life with a good deal of area, weight loss plans of outstanding top quality, expert veterinary care and freedom from undertaking, traveling or executing nearly anything unnatural,” the organization’s web site reads. 

The Wild Animal Sanctuary also specializes each habitat to fit the unique demands of the species that it houses. 

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A curious bear cub at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colo., on August 20, 2020. The 789 acre-Sanctuary is a nonprofit business that is focused to educating people about the captive wildlife disaster in The us, and is home to 400-plus lions, tigers, bears and other animals. (Chancey Bush/ The Gazette)

It really is also worth noting that the Wild Animal Sanctuary homes many higher-profile animals, which include much more than 100 that at the time belonged to websites showcased in Netflix’s very-rated ‘Tiger King’ sequence.

“To day, nearly 150 animals have been rescued from the so-identified as stars of the Netflix Tiger King sequence. Fortunately, the 141 lions, tigers, and bears that have been rescued now dwell and roam freely inside of gorgeous massive-acreage habitats at one particular of our three accredited sanctuaries,” the organization’s web-site reads.  


Two tigers at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colo., a nonprofit animal rehabilitation organization that at the moment houses 120 animals held in services found in the Netflix docu-series “Tiger King.” 

Extra lately, the Wild Animal Sanctuary acquired a pride of 9 lions that have been beforehand dwelling at a zoo in Ukraine that has been impacted by the Russian-Ukraine war. 

“We are thankful we could get all the lions out in time and conserve them. That’s what matters. They will stay out the rest of their life in pristine, significant, purely natural habitats,” claimed Pat Craig, Executive Director of The Wild Animal Sanctuary adhering to the rescue. 

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A few of feminine lions cuddle up in their new enclosure at the Wild Animal Refuge in southeastern Colorado. 9 lions designed the excursion from the war-torn Odesa Zoo in Ukraine to Moldova to Romania to Qatar to Dallas and then caravanned by truck to Colorado in late September. The two cubs had been taken to the sister Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg.

Currently, additional than 170,000 folks check out the organization’s 720-acre Keenesburg sanctuary every yr to see the hundreds of animals at the site. It’s located just 30 minutes from Denver Worldwide Airport.

This spot is identified for its about 1.5-mile-extended elevated walkway, which permits website visitors to check out each and every habitat from a length that does not have an effect on the animals. In 2016, the walkway was recognized by the Guinness E-book of Earth Information as the ‘Longest Elevated Walkway in an Animal Sanctuary’ in the environment. 

In accordance to the web site, a spherical journey through the sanctuary can take approximately 3 hrs to entire and its open yr-spherical from 9 AM until finally sunset. 

“The Sanctuary’s two main missions entail rescuing and caring for animals – and educating persons about the Captive Wildlife Disaster.  To that stop, we invite folks who want to find out much more about the operate we do to stop by our one of a kind facility in man or woman,” the web site reads. 

For far more facts visit the Wild Animal Sanctuary website here.

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