Keepers of the Wild
Rating: 4.98 stars 42 42 reviews
13441 E. Highway 66 Valentine AZ 86437 USA
Keepers of the Wild is a 501(c)3 non profit organization dedicated to the protection of abused, neglected, abandoned and retired captive wildlife. To provide the best standard of care and help enforce the humane treatment of all animals. The preservation and protection of wildlife and the environment is paramount in our goals. Through education and public awareness we seek to alleviate all animals suffering and help eliminate use of wild animals as pets and their exploitation in show business. Keepers of the Wild provides a permanent home and true sanctuary to all the animals it rescues.
Keepers of the Wild, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is currently home to over 140 exotic and indigenous wild animals that were rescued, surrendered by an owner, or placed with us by other animal welfare agencies. Animals placed at Keepers of the Wild can depend on a safe and life-long home. Keepers of the Wild has a strict "No Breeding" policy with a special focus on advocacy, education and protection. Keepers of the Wild has built a solid reputation throughout its 18 year history. Keepers of the Wild is an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and was awarded a National Charity Seal for meeting the highest standards of charity accountability from the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. Keepers of the Wild has built a base of loyal supporters, been the recipient of numerous commendations and awards for excellence in animal care, and earned the highest ratings with charity watchdogs including Guidestar, Great Nonprofits, and BBB Wise Giving Alliance. The sanctuary is fully licensed by the United States Dept. of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.), the United States Dept. of the Interior (U.S.D.I.), the Department of Wildlife, and Arizona Fish & Game. Keepers of the Wild has received numerous commendations and awards including Nevada Wildlife Federation, the S.P.C.A., the Humane Society and Arizona Attorneys' & Sheriffs' Association. Keepers of the Wild is an internationally recognized sanctuary and has been featured on a number of local, national and international educational film projects, documentaries, news broadcasts, articles and magazines including National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery, the History Channel, Anderson Cooper, Montel Williams, The O'Reilly Factor, Smithsonian Magazine, Route 66 Magazine, Chronicle of Philanthropy , U.S. Journal and many others. Most recent appearances include PBS, Furthest From the Wild, Billy Connolly’s Route 66, HDNet World Report, and AAA Highroads.
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The animals seem very happy and that is the most important thing. They do not seem stressed, bored, or agitated. The big cats act like they don't have a care in the world other than sunning their bellies. Some of the smaller animals seemed like they enjoy interaction with people coming to visit them and that was fun. The staff seem very dedicated and are more than willing to answer any questions and you can hear the enthusiasm in their voice when they talk about the animals. And what is the best thing of all is knowing that all of these animals were rescued from bad situations and now they have the chance to live their lives in peace.
The people at Keepers of the Wild not only take wonderful care of all of the animals, they also obviously love each and every one, and it shows. The animals are healthy, well fed, and I am sure are very happy to be in such a beautiful place with such wonderful people, finally safe and secure for the first time in their lives. These people do not "work" at Keepers of the Wild, it is not a job to them, it is a calling, and I thank each and every one of them for what they are doing.
This sanctuary is so special, I am so happy to hear of their new improvements and they have such amazing management. I highly recommend you stop by!
We visited this Sanctuary on my first ever holiday to America in September 2014 from Australia.
I was absolutely amazed with the lovingness the people of this Wildlife Sanctuary put in to their animals. If you are travelling past make sure you DO stop in and see the wonderful work this place is doing for ALL different types of species BIG and small . They even had Australian animals looking so healthy!
I would love to upload photo's but I do not have them on this computer BUT if you ever wish to have a look I would be more than happy to send them
Keepers of the Wild gave me an amazing and unique experience! I went during the tiger feeding tour and learned all about the different species tigers, their stories, and their personalities, as well as several of the other animals at the sanctuary. I stopped by during a cross country drive from Atlanta to Los Angeles in 2014, and am dying to revisit after all the expansions they have made. I've been keeping up with Keepers through their awesome monthly newsletter to see the wonderful things they do and am planning to take a trip just to see them.
Been visiting since the location was on Route 93. Since I had lived in Africa for several years, I can appreciate how important it is for an animal to enjoy a healthy life style. None of the many animals that lived in or near my residence were EVER asked to perform. It was more than enough to watch their natural antics.
Of the many animal facilities, zoos,etc. that I've visited, Keepers is far and away the best. Tina and Johnathan do an EXCELLENT job.
We saw KOTW in the BIlly Connolly Route 66 show he did that aired here in the UK and loved the look of it. I also wanted to meet Anthony the lion but he had sadly passed by the time we got there.
We have been 3 times and even re arrange our trips sometimes just to there as my husband knows I am such a big softie for the big cats expecially Sebastian and Kaos as I love white tigers.
We have done the feeding tour every time we visited and it only gets better. The animals are so well looked after and loved you can see how happy they are.
We are coming again in May and I cannot wait.
This is a place you can visit time and time again and never be bored.
I would recommend KOTW to everyone it's a fantastic place or as you Americans say " it's totally AWESOME!!!!!!" You need to go. It's worth the 11hour flight just to go.
I first found Keepers of the Wild while on vacation with my cousin many years ago. We had been to Vegas and decided to go back home to Lake Havasu City by way of the Hover Dam, as a change of pace.
I saw this sign for Keepers and we decided to check it out, being the animal lovers we both were. That was a lucky day for us.
The original Keepers was much smaller than it is now, and Jonathon gave us two gals a personal tour. It was such a heart warming experience.
I could not believe how he interacted with those big cats like I do with my two little house cats.
It was not one bit different.
You could see they all just adored him and, he them.
He told us way back then how he was looking for a larger area and how he wanted the animals in his care to be able to run loose and not be stuck in cages.
Several years later Keepers of the Wild became what it is now.
I go at least once a year and it just grows and grows more each time I visit.
I've told so many people I know about Keepers and in turn they have told others.
If you love animals, you need to do yourself a big favor and make a visit. You'll come back for more, I'm sure.
It's not a zoo. It's nothing like a zoo. It's TEN times better. Check it out and see for yourself!
You can see how happy all the animals at Keepers are, because they are all smiling all the time, running and playing in natural settings.
I always say, Jonathon is the animal God on earth. Because when an animal ends up in his care they are in heaven until they reach the real thing.
I so admire him and Tina for all they do for those dear creatures.
LOVE Keepers of the Wild!! It is such an amazing place and they do such good work. Can't wait to go again.
I live in Northwestern Arizona and carry brochures from Keepers of the Wild in my car. I hand them out to everyone along with an invitation to visit this amazing facility. Keepers of the Wild is a haven for exotic and some not so exotic animals nestled in the Mohave desert on a rocky hill along Route 66 in Valentine Az. There are 22 tigers, a grizzly bear, bobcats, wolves, mountain lions, lynx , raccoons, wallabies, coyotes, emu, ostrich, deer, goats, tortoises, birds (predatory and exotic) and an assortment of primates including an 80 pound olive baboon named Billy. The enclosures are well designed, always clean and tidy and the animals have space to roam and play. The climate varies according to the time of year. The paths are well maintained and there are tree shaded areas with seating to allow visitors to take a break and visit the animals. The new gift shop area also has a patio and lots of souvenirs. Keepers of the Wild has an excellent web site with several videos including a virtual tour. When my grandchildren and I are planning a trip to Keepers we check the website for updates, new animals and events. This facility is well worth a visit and I always suggest the motorized guided tour for first timers. The facility guides share stories of many of the animals and their mistreatment and lives prior to finding this final home.