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August 12, 2014

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August 12, 2014

I was a volunteer years ago. Before I took my first tour of the facility, I was skeptical that this was a roadside attraction. When I asked my questions to find out the truth, I was rewarded with answers and a new awareness beyond my expectations. I heard story after story of rescues and adoptions unlike my wildest dreams. It is worth your time to hear and read these stories for yourself. I am an avid naturalist and believe animals should remain untouched and in their own native habitats. The truth is that some of these animals stories can also be our teachers to serve this purpose. These animals at Keepers of the Wild have shown me that there is a beautiful consciousness within them that connects us all in a harmonious energy. They have achieved this balance with the staff that cares for there lives and the visitors that take the time to visit and hear each animals journey. I can truly say that I witnessed pure love and dignity for the spirit if each animal there. Well done everyone for your strength during this journey of hope and transformation. It was such a pleasure having walked part of the road with you. May your efforts be blessed to flowing over as you continue your work with these magnificent creatures.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them more.

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002

August 9, 2014

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August 9, 2014

Being a volunteer @ Keepers of the Wild was one of the highlights of my life. Keepers is the only thing I miss about living in Vegas. These animals are so loved and respected. Jonathan and Tina are devoted to the care and well being of these incredible creatures. It's a comfort to know someone truly cares about these animals others saw fit to abuse and exploit. Getting to see and interact up close with a Tiger or Lion is a wonderful experience everyone should have. I miss all of them.

Amanda Forte

Ways to make it better...

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

No changes, however if I should ever win the lottery Keepers gets half....

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

May 26, 2011
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May 26, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

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

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Ways to make it better...

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

none.

May 19, 2011
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May 19, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

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.

Ways to make it better...

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
2 people found this review helpful

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

N/A

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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

September 2, 2014

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1 previous review
May 12, 2011

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 ... more

September 2, 2014

When you get there they take you on a guided tour, and then you can walk along the paths on your own. I hate guided tours, but these are actually well done. You get to learn about THAT animal, and his or her story. Anyone who thinks they want a wild animal for a pet, should go here and hear their (the animals) side of the story. Go there. Make it possible.

I go to Keepers if I am within a few hundred miles from it, and if I lived within a hundred miles I would volunteer all the time. All the animals where taken care of, and it is cool that they do not kill or breed there. I bought a shirt that said, "Keepers of the Wild: We love, we care, and we protect" Or something like that. I wore it out. Need to get back there and get another one, and see all their new animals and even better habitats.
May 12, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

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

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.

More feedback...

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

June 30, 2010
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June 30, 2010
2 people found this review helpful

I live in Kingman, AZ - approximately 30 miles from the Keepers of the Wild sanctuary. My husband and I visited this exotic animal sanctuary several times - taking out family members when they came to visit. I noticed how all the animals were well cared for and seemed happy. The enclosures were large and had shade/water for the animals. As a result of these observations, I began volunteering. All staff, including the director and co-director are always pleasant and helpful. They have always provided me with any documents I need for grant applications in a timely manner. This is a very worthy non-profit organization that struggles to do everything they can for these abandoned/neglected/abused animals on the small budget they have. All of their donations are from individuals and a few small grants from foundations.

The Great!

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

Multiple ways. Through seeing successful care of the exotic animals and their happiness. Satisfaction of rehabilitation and release of indigenous animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

Utilize a staff member for public relations and marketing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Having the satisfaction of knowing I have helped these exotic animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Happy in their work, willing to share their time with visitors and give them an in-depth talk about the animals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have a better habitat for the wolves and half-breeds, as well as an outdoor aviary for the exotic birds. They would also be able to put the money in an account to keep the sanctuary going for many, many years without constantly struggling financially.

Ways to make it better...

NA

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This non-profit animal sanctuary has existed for over 15 years with the same dedicated director and co-director. They and the rest of the staff work for little money and do it out of love for the animals.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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