Abused lions, tigers, bears find a forever home

There is not greater purpose than to love those that need it the most. Visit Colorado's Wild Animal Sanctuary where love, and fur, abounds


Denver, February 20, 2015 – Hidden in the plains of Colorado is a gem of a place,  The Wild Animal Sanctuary.  The sanctuary is an amazing 720 acre refuge for more than 350 animals rescued from abusive situations – at zoos, circuses or from people who, for some reason, have attempted to house tigers, lions, bears, wolves and other large carnivores in dangerous situations.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is located just forty-five minutes outside of Denver in Keenesburg, Colorado. Situated in large open acreage the sanctuary is able to comfortably house these large animals in natural habitats.

Driving in you will notice a large one mile walkway in the sky that provides amazing “birds-eye” views of both the animals and the Rocky Mountains. Walking above the animals gives you a great vantage point and also helps the animals live a more natural life; Our tour guide informed us that animals are able to live a more natural life when humans are not viewing them from ground level.

Having people standing around them can cause animals to feel stressed by “intruders” who could be a threat to them.  The elevated viewing system allows animals to nap and play without feeling any pressure.

In the 35 years that the sanctuary has been open, they have rescued over 1,000 animals from illegal or abusive situations and brought them to live out their lives in the sanctuary’s open acreage habitats.

On the website you can read the heartbreaking rescue stories of each animal currently residing at the sanctuary.

It is unbelievable how some of these animals were raised, however viewing them at the sanctuary you can see how their lives have improved. The animals are not bought, sold or traded to the sanctuary, but simply rescued and taken to their safe haven.

Animals receive the best possible care and are given an opportunity to behave naturally.

Visiting the sanctuary is an incredible experience you won’t find anywhere else. Unlike a zoo you can witness animals acting naturally while donating to a great cause. The volunteers are all extremely friendly and knowledgeable. You can tell everybody here is passionate about this organization. The sanctuary is a non-profit and runs solely on donations, fundraisers and grants.

A mid-morning sanctuary during winter rewarded visitors with many animals even as other were lazing about and the bears were doing what bears do – hibernating.

Some lions were wrestling and a couple tigers were visible. A volunteer informed us the best time to visit is during summer around 5pm however they are just as fun to visit even when they are napping.

Visiting Colorado, or a resident,  The Wild Animal Sanctuary offers a unique experience like none other and will help animals that were once victims to abuse. To learn more about the sanctuary visit their website . You can make a difference in the lives of many animals and help to provide a safe and loving forever home.


The Wild Animal Sanctuary | Image: Kaitlin Hamilton
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