The Wild Animal Sanctuary
Rating: 4.94 stars 574 574 reviews 18,785
1946 County Road 53 Keenesburg CO 80643 USA
The mission of The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) is to rescue and provide life-long homes for captive great cats, bears, wolves and other large carnivores, which have been abused, abandoned, exploited and illegally kept and to educate the public about causes and solutions to the dramatic plight of thousands of captive wildlife in the United States.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary has rescued hundreds and hundreds of large carnivores over the past 34 years from illegal and/or abusive situations - and provides them with large free-roaming natural habitats to live in. The Sanctuary currently operates a 720 acre refuge for rescued animals, and provides direct education to over 80,000 people per year concerning issues relating to the Captive Wildlife Crisis in America.
People who are passionate about helping animals - especially Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and other majestic Creatures who are victims of the Captive Wildlife Crisis in America today.
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Geographic areas served:
US - Canada - Mexico - South America
Our Current Programs Our facilities are some of the most contemporary in the nation. We build species-specific habitats ranging from 5-acres to 25-acres, and have dozens of these natural habitats spread throughout our 720 acre facility. Newly rescued animals dwell in large enclosures during their rehabilitation process in order to build groups who will ultimately have a new habitat built for them. These roomy, comfortable environments offer our rescued animals’ unprecedented freedom and more natural living spaces. All habitats have underground dens that supply temperature controlled housing; or hibernation dens; year round. TWAS also has “The Mile Into The Wild Walkway” - a unique system of elevated cat-walks and observation platforms that allow visitors to view our rescued animals and enjoy their habitats, while reducing the animals’ exposure to humans.
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I visited this non profit sanctuary on a recent trip from Utah to Colorado to visit wild animal sanctuaries (4 total). This sanctuary, by far, was superior to the others! I am excited for the new visitors center to open and provide more 'sky' walking paths. The two young grizzly bears, both females, were great entertainment. I watched them play like they hadn't a care in the world! And they sure enjoyed their watermelon balls! I highly recommend a visit. In addition, it is extremely expensive to sustain 720 acres and all the animals. Please donate - it's tax deductible!
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I love passion of all of the people involved! They truly love the animals and care about their lives!
We visited the Wild Animal Sanctuary for the first time last summer, and I was literally blown away. This Sanctuary is absolutely amazing. The rescued animals are able to roam in large habits and seem to enjoy their space. The stories for how many of these animals were treated at the hands of humans before being rescued by TWAS made me cry. My daughter quit reading them because it made her so sad. Thank God for the wonderful staff and volunteers who work so selflessly to care for these magnificent creatures. One thing that stood out to me was how relaxed and stress free all of the animals seemed. No nervous pacing, lots of sun worshipping, big cat stretches, and playful bears. This is the absolute best place for these rescued animals. It is 100% clear how dedicated the Craigs are to their mission and the mission is clear, it is about the care of the animals. We will visit again in a few days. I am proud to be an active supporter of this outstanding and caring facility. There are simply not enough words to express our thanks and respect for the work that is done there. God Bless TWAS and it's supporters. :)
Denise and Grace Burns.
Iwill never forget my trip. A sanctuary has always been on my bucket list. I cried the minute I enetered. The guide cried with me. I had read all the stories. I was unprepared for the emotions I felt. Your place is beautiful and I felt like family. I watched evety animal enjoy its life in peace. I will be back. Thank you, yhank you, thank you. May God bless you all.
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I have visited the Wild Animal Sanctuary many times and have adopted 5 animals (2 lions, 2 tigers, and 1 wolf) to help support their efforts. To know the tragic circumcirmstances from which these wonderful animals animals have survived and then to see them completely relaxed and enjoying life at the Sanctuary is a joyful experience. They receive such good care by a staff who appreciates their need to be the creatures that they are, but who also who tends to the problems that must be overcome by their past lives. It is truly one place where human kindness is making a difference. And it it one of the few charities to which I donate, because I know my money is being well spent.
Where to begin? This place is needed at present and it rocks! The bottom line here is there are so many animals in need...being abused, neglected, disrespected, harmed, used as entertainment and killed in our world. The easy piece to pull out of the equation is the human contribution. If we can shift that contribution to love, support and respect for all living things, a place such as The Wild Animal Sanctuary would not need to exist. Thank goodness they do as the world and all it's humans are not living in cooperation and respect with other living beings as of yet! My vision is seeing this happen now for all of our sakes. What a beautiful place the world is and how much better it would be living this vision! The WAS provides this environment and arena that makes this a possibility for the animals in need. They are kind, compassionate, knowledgable, extremely hard workers. I cannot fully express my gratitude for their intentions and what they have created for the evolution and awareness of all... Please visit and support them any way you find possible... Thank you!
Hi, we visited your sanctuary just last week for the first time. We were there about 4 hours and met several of your staff members. We were so impressed with the compassion and love for this sanctuary that we wanted to make a donation. I received info from you in the mail yesterday, so a check is on it's way. Thank you so much for doing what you do for these precious animals. On our next trip to CO, you guys will be on our list of things to do. We were there on July 6 and the girl that was out under the tent area was so nice and informative. I don't remember her name, but she talked with us for an hour or so. It was a great experience. XOXOXO Anita & Bill Wright
I have never visited The Wild Animal Sanctuary, but their digital educational material is wonderful! I really enjoy following their Facebook page.
I support TWAS monthly. Been out there 4 times. Their work is amazing their dedication and love is tops! The animals are so at peace and I will help to support them as long as I am alive. Their education is outstanding.
I have been a supporter of The Wild Animal Sanctuary for several years. The people and the organization are wonderful. They truly care about the animals and really do give the animals a wonderful life - definitely changing their lives for the better. In addition, the organization strives to educate people about the Captive Wildlife Crisis so that hopefully one day, there will not be so many animals that need saving due to this problem. This is an organization that works tirelessly to help animals and is very deserving of any support you can provide.