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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Education, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: 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.

Results: 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.

Target demographics: 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.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1-200

Geographic areas served: US - Canada - Mexico - South America

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

578 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is simply amazing. Don't let the modest cost of entry and slight drive from Denver deter you from visiting. My husband and I visited a little over a year ago, in the dead of summer, and we were awestruck at the magnitude of the facility and the amount of animals they have helped, and continue to help. Unlike a zoo, these animals have huge enclosures and you can see in their eyes they are happy to be there. The catwalks, while high, allow you to see these animals behave in their "natural" environment. Please, by all means, visit and donate! You'll be glad you did! If you do visit, take heed of the weather! Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, binoculars, and cameras are all a good idea.

1 Erin113

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

the Wild Animal Samctusry takes neglected and abused animals (mostly carnivores) and gives them a wonderful, loving, food filled environment to play and live a life they wouldn't have in captivity. They use education to help others know about threats to these beautiful creatures and a walkway High above the habitats to allow visitors to observe the animals from a safe and stress free distance.

They raised the price of admission to help the need and because this isn't another zoo--they need help to expand and preserve their cause and provide for these animals.

Pat and all the staff at The Wild Animal Sanctuary have huge hearts and deserve all the help and support in the world to help these animals get out of the cages they were forced to live in and to stop the problems people cause by purchasing and keeping large carnivores when they deserve to be in the wild.

Maryann13

Donor

Rating: 5

They give details and continuing reports through their magazine and videos about the animals, showing before and after photos. This is a great nonprofit group that helps wild animals that have been abused

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Donor

Rating: 5

The best place ever! I visited for first time on vacation 4 years ago & now I go back every year. The dedication to animals & the love & care given to the rescues is immeasurable. They do what's best for the animals, not what's best for the general public visiting & that's the way it should be. The animals have huge appropriate habitats & even underground dens for the bears to hibernate in. The lions & lionesses are put into prides, each with a huge habitat with room to roam & be as close to living in the wild as possible. The animals are given the best medical care, fed well & are loved. It is a very worthy cause.

1 Tina105

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

2 Tammy132

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love passion of all of the people involved! They truly love the animals and care about their lives!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Dawn144

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Malenna S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!