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October 7, 2013
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October 7, 2013
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I have visited Keepers of the Wild several times now. The first two times was with my sons class as a field trip. It is amazing how they have grown. It is a fantastic place to visit. Jonathan Kraft is a wonderful man and sincerely dedicated to these animals. I took the guided tour with Tina. It is clear they have a great respect for these animals. The tour was great and very informative.

They get a lot of visitors making their way down Route 66. We had a couple from Australia with our group. They were shocked at some of the laws in some states that allow exotic animals as pets.

I think the most eye opening info is that have a lion and several tigers that were "photo op" animals. Some states allow you to have your pics takes with cubs. When they get too big, they are usually destroyed. Keepers have been able to offer a home to some of these animals and for that I thank them!

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 26, 2011
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May 26, 2011
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I started working for KOTW in March 2001 when they were located in Las Vegas. It was my childhood dream come true, literally. I have never had so many fun memories in a lifetime put together than i do working for Jonathan and Tina. Watching these two move these animals from the Las Vegas facility, which was very small but they made it work, to White Hills Az was amazing. The animal had larger cages, more room to play, it was a good home. We would get to stay the night in a trailer at the end of the property and would wake up in the morning to the sounds of the lions talking. Like I said, memories for a lifetime! Then KOTW found an amazing final home for their animals., Valentine AZ. I have unfortunately only been able to make this long drive twice. I miss the sanctuary, I think about it everyday! My dream is to one day work there full time, course i'd have to hit the Loto first so i could move hahaha! This is why its called a dream. But if you remember in the first part of my story, KOTW made my childhood dreams come true so you never know what could happen!!! Thank you Jonathan and Tina, I am grateful to you more than you'll ever know!!!!!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none.

May 26, 2011
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May 26, 2011
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My best friend and I, along with a couple of friends, flew to Laughlin for my birthday in April this year. We wanted to do something besides just sit in the casinos and lose money. I did some research on area attractions and found Keepers of the Wild. We drove the hour or so from Laughlin and arrived in the middle of a very hot day. It wasn't feeding time so we went ahead and paid the (VERY reasonable) fee to just take ourselves through. We walked around and saw all the beautiful animals and just had a marvelous time with the 4 of us. When we got back it was going to be the late feeding so we paid the (again ridiculously reasonable) fee for the guided tour. What an amazing experience. As animal lovers the opportunity to hear the stories of these animals and the man who started the place was awesome. We took 100s of pictures and I happened to have my phones video camera on when two of the cats got in a small scuffle. The gentleman on tour made us laugh as he told them to "calm themselves". That showed me what an amazing relationship the workers at the facility have with these animals. The place was clean and well kept, the animals all looked healthy and as happy as they can be. The variety of animals was also impressive. Although they have many tigers the monkeys, emus, birds, raccoons, wolves and other big cats made for an amazing birthday experience for me.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing these amazing creatures being so well cared for and the educational benefits are amazing. They stressed why they don't breed, why these animals are NOT pets and the tragedy that befalls them because of human greed and ignorance.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The ability to buy some of their shirts and such online. Because we were flying in very small planes we had a limit on what cargo we could carry so I was limited in what I could buy and now I wish I could get some shirts!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

found it online when doing a search for area attractions in Laughlin

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

May 19, 2011
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May 19, 2011
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I drove 23 hours from College Station, Texas, with a group of 14 students from Texas A&M University to volunteer at Keepers of the Wild. We sacrificed our "spring break" as a service project. It was an amazing experience for all of us. The owners, staff and volunteers worked their hearts out for the benefit of the animals. The facilty, habitats, and cages were cleaned to insure good health for the residents. Feeding time, twice a day, worked like a well oiled machine. The animals are know by their names, dietary needs and personalities. Each animal has a story and if it wasn't for Jonathan Kraft, they wouldn't have the opportunity to live their lives in this most humane way. If you love animals and can help, this Nonprofit organization deserves your help. Donate time, materials, supplies or MONEY! I fell in love with a hybrid wolf, Moondance. I am his sponsor and you can have your choice of an animal to sponsor. Check out the web page and learn more about Keepers of the Wild.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the sponsorship of my Hybrid Wolf.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the gift shop. I would have an on-line shopping opportunity too. I don't know how A&M found you but I would contact Universities, Fraternities, Sororities and offer them to opportunity to volunteer. A&M plans to return next year; challenge the University of Texas to match us. Sell a video, photos, write a book, in your spare time, of course.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

none

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

The interaction with wild animals; the owners, staff and voluteers were amazing people. The love and devotion to the animals was heartwarming.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It was an unreal experience. To be upclose with these creatures was like a dream. An appreciation of beauty, grace, strength...all that these animals share with us.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

May 19, 2011
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May 19, 2011
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Keepers of the Wild is an outstanding organization that is truly dedicated to helping animals in need, as they have demonstrated with their infinite animal rescues. I started volunteering at this wonderful exotic animal sanctuary when I was a teenager back in 2003. Currently I am a living my dream career working with exotic animals and marine mammals while promoting environmental conservation and education, and I owe credit to Keepers of the Wild for allowing me the great opportunity to learn from them and gain invaluable experience helping care for their numerous rescued animals. Keepers has an amazing volunteer program that will offer you extensive experience while you give back to the community. As any true non-profit, they rely on generous donations and I can assure that this is absolutely a legitimate organization worthy of support!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

- Going from a teenage volunteer learning how to feed/clean/handle/care for exotic animals at their facility, to becoming a professional working with exotic animals/marine mammals. - Seeing firsthand how many lives they saved by rescuing these abanoned animals and providing them with a quality life as long as they will live. - Seeing how many future lives they likely save by inspiring and educating the park's visitors on why these animals shouldn't be pets and why we need to help conserve these species.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Keepers of the Wild taught me more than simply how to provide the best quaity animal care for the species housed at their facility. They had a life-lasting impact on me that fueled my passion for working with wild animals and teaching people about them. These animals are ambassadors for their wild counter parts and are invaluable in making people aware about the horrific exotic pet industry and educating the public about wildlife conservation in general.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

My volunteer experience here made me sore, dirty and exhausted due to the hard work invloved in caring for hundreds of exotic animals; but all of that was well worth it, because most importantly, the experience made me feel proud, honored and like I was truly giving back to something great, both by caring directly for their amazing animals in need, and by educating the public on tours about the threats to these species.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 17, 2011
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May 17, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I have a friend who has direct connection with this wonderful organization. He did a video with the latest cub, Anthony. This organization helps animals out of the kindness and generosity of their hearts. In addition to hearing first hand from my friend, I have been following them on facebook and see all the work they do, selflessly for the good of these poor animals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing their videos online with my friend talking about Anthony, the new cub. I've been following on facebook and see the work they do.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think the animals look very well cared for and I wouldn't do anything to change this organization.

May 12, 2011
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May 12, 2011
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I read about Keepers of the Wild in The Smithsonian and so went on a tour of it with my wife over ten years ago. Since then we have volunteered there every couple of years. When you go for a tour you get to see a diverse collection of unwanted animals, ranging from lions to skunks, from a huge African Tortoise to a wolf pack; there are tigers, several monkeys, and even a cow, along with so many other animals. Each has a story: they were almost starved to death, they attacked their owner, they attacked multiple people, or a company just didn't want the tiger anymore. Hearing the stories can sometimes be sad; while others are quite funny or cheerful, like getting to hear of a rescue or event that led to that animal's very happy move to their new home.

Keepers of the Wild has a motto of: We love. We care. We protect. We are Keepers of the Wild. They never abuse the animals and offer a permanent place for them to live out their lives while giving one last performance--and that is to educate people about the dangers of owning such animals--and the dishonor of harming them.

It is worth checking out their website and planning a visit. My major complaint is that they are so far away. Other complaints I had I see have already been, or are being, fixed. Once upon a time the exotic bird habit was not as large, but they have since been working hard on that and they now have a bigger area. I suppose a place like this is a never ending project. Each time we get to go there we see so many new improvements as well as new animals, even though this place is a non-breading facility.

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Having volunteered many times we have been able to tell the stories of the animals they have, including abuse, but also just how dangerous it is to have hybrid wolves, monkeys, and the likes, as pets. This experience made my passion more valid and has prevented people from acquiring animals that are better left in the wild where they belong.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Only that their message of kindness to animals, and not having wild animals as pets, could reach more people. Perhaps via video or schools this will one day happen.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Straining my brain to think of one ... earplugs for the bird building, perhaps? Some of them are very loud.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I already posted some of this, but yes, in that the people there are great to work with and it is always sad when I have to leave after being there for a week.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It is a topic often mentioned. We alway look forward to going to a few different places, and this is one of them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 10, 2011
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May 10, 2011
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I can't say enough about Keepers and all the good they do. I have sponsored animals there over the years and I even flew over from CA so I could visit in person. If you can donate time, money or supplies please do because it all goes to the animals. I can't wait to visit again!!

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One look around the place and you can see first-hand the quality of care they provide the animals.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move them to CA so I could visit more often!!

May 10, 2011
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May 10, 2011
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Since 1997 I have volunteered with, worked with , and supported Keepers of the Wild. They are truly an inspiration. Not only do they provide a safe and loving forever home for exotics animals of all types but they provide the public with an educational adventure. I guarantee that your experience at Keepers of the Wild will be unforgetable.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have had the unique opportunity to see Keepers of the Wild grow from a small facility in Las Vegas to the beautiful park it is now in Valentine, AZ. It has not been an easy road for them, but the work they do is so very important. I am always amazed.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

My only change would be that more people would come and support the park. The costs for veterinary care, food and shelter never go away.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

The care and compassion they give their residents. Also, the education and awareness they provide the public.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

May 10, 2011
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May 10, 2011
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If you are planning to visit a ZOO, this is not the place for you.

These animals are beautiful! Well cared for and loving life in their natural state.

A truly great experience will be had at Keepers of the Wild.

Tip if you visit: the guided safari tour is a must to learn
about these amazing creatures and their wonderful caregivers!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my visits

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

lower entry fees just a little... but well worth the money Would visit more often if not so pricey though

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