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May 29, 2014

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May 29, 2014

I first visited this sanctuary many years ago with a friend and began taking my elderly father there to see the big cats. He fell in love with them, especially Hercules for his feisty personality. He decided to donate money to build one of the safari lodges (guests can stay overnight and listen to the roar of the lions), and we made sure it was handicap accessible so that others in wheelchairs (like my father) could enjoy this awesome experience. We spent many a pleasant evening watching the sun set over the Ozarks while sipping a glass of wine on the porch and listening to the various animal calls throughout the park. Often deer would visit the meadow nearby, including an unusual white faced doe. We became annual supporters and have donated money to several of their special projects (Bam Bam's new cage, for example). I am also impressed with their internship program. Many graduates go on to serve as curators for zoos, work as vets, or in some cases, become permanent employees of the refuge. Everyone who works there (interns, employees, volunteers, owners, board members, etc.) cares passionately about the best care for these majestic animals. They are limited only by the financial resources they have to run this amazing facility.

Ways to make it better...

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

encourage more donors so they can build an onsite vet clinic to reduce stress on sick animals, build more cages so they can rescue more of the animals they have to turn away, and finish building new cages for the few animals remaining in the original compound.

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Was your donation impactful?

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?

2014

December 7, 2011

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December 7, 2011

My spouse and I visited this rescue facility in Arkansas during summer of 2011. We actually spent parts of 2 consecutive days there since they have a small RV campground adjacent to their fenced area (which makes for a unique camping experience). It seemed to be well run, and the financials on file here indicate that salaries to the key people are quite low.

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

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

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

ongoing needs to maintain & expand facility (lots of room to grow by adding new large fenced enclosures).

Why did you make your donation at this time?

see above

What would you tell others about this organization?

although there appear to be many facilities like this throughout the country, this is one that we now have pesonal experience with and were satisfied that they're carrying out their mission of rescurring/supporting large wild animals that were abused &/or found themselves 'homeless' due to growing too big, other facilities losing their permits, broken homes, etc.

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