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Gilcrease Bird Sanctuary

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals, Bird Sanctuaries, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The purpose of Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary is to assist in the preservation, protection and the study of birds and small aniamls

Programs: Prevention of cruelty to animals and education center for conservation of wildlife

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sandra Lynn R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I proudly volunteer at Gilcrease. I'm amazed at how hard the staff works! All the animals are tremendously cared for. I am happy to do my part with helping the animals & staff. Thank you for opening your doors & heart for me to help give back. I had fun making bird toys!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary is a great place and a good home for the animals. It's great for people that want to come it and learn about animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gilcrease is a hidden gem in Las Vegas. The current Director is friendly and staff is caring. The #1 priority is the animals. They make sure each animals nutrition needs are met with the highest quality food. I am a bird lover and they have a free flight area for the Macaws and Cockatoos. They take in the unwanted animals including disabled ones. They provide enrichment to the animals. They also provide education to the public on the different animals. I absolutely love Gilcrease and appreciate and support everything they do for the animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had fun and enjoyed my time volunteering with all the cute animals around!!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I first heard of Gilcrease from a friend who had volunteered there off and on for sometime. They were changing the management and they needed some volunteers. I went with my friend and we helped with the pig's pens. During the time, I voulunteered there, the new management improved so many things since my first day there. They now or will soon have a vet on the property when needed, the pigs pens were fixed up with new watering holes to lay in when it is hot out. Their vet was coming in and checking all the animals health, doing their nails or feet, etc. it seemed to me that their biggest concern was for all the animals welfare. They also were sprucing up the place before they reopen after the Covid Virus. Everyone was trying to pitch in, new and old volunteers. So, with that being said, I think the new management has done a great job taking care of the animals and the park, too. It has been a lot of hard work, but thats what they do when they love their animals so much

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing time, the staff was
Profesional and they enaure everybody was following the correct sanitation guidelines. It was a pleasure to volunteer and help clean the some of the areas. I notice all animals were well attended. Great place to visit and most important to volunteer and enjoy a good time with friends and family,

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gilcrease is my companies “go-to” non-profit! Whenever my workmates and I look to volunteer to help our community, we choose Gilcrease. The staff is friendly, so appreciative, and thorough in setting us up to get the most done.
It is an animal sanctuary that is compassionate and connected about and to the animals they care for.
They make our community a better place by taking care of animals that are oft times disregarded or even discarded.
Thank Gilcrease Animal Sanctuary of Las Vegas for proving Las Vegas has a heart of gold!!!

Connie O.1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've been a volunteer at Gilcrease Bird Sanctuary this summer and am really impressed with how well the birds and animals are taken care of. The staff and director are really nice people.
I love the African Grey parrots, the goats in Bill's Barnyard, the desert turtles, Andrew the ostrich, Stanley the boar, and all the other residents there.

Jeffery G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gilcrease is an awesome Bird and Animal Sanctuary. They animals are all well cared for and new renovations are under way. Hopefully the public will be able to come and visit again soon. I have been a volunteer for just over a month and look forward to the time I am there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love these ponies, every visit takes me to my happy place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been visiting the sanctuary since 1995 and volunteering the last few years. They are always advancing the grounds and improving the enrichment for the animals. Educating the public and helping foster a greater appreciation for all things critters to children of all ages. Gilcrease is a special place.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Cheryl Irwin and I would like to give a glowing review for this wonderful sanctuary. I ended up with three roosters from a chick purchase that we’re all supposed to be Hens. We live in an area where they don’t allow roosters so I was in a quandary as to what to do as I did not want them to end up on somebody’s dinner plate. The girls at the sanctuary were just wonderful and our roosters, two of them ended up there are just doing great. One of the boys has already a little flock of Five hands following him around. The next one we took up there just got out of the cage and was rolling around in the grass it’s such a beautiful place and it’s staff are so devoted I highly recommend anybody who is an animal lover to to support this wonderful animal sanctuary.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered there for a few months and personally saw the love and care the animals received. The new management and workers do an amazing job. I look forward to going back soon!

Kristina Naomi M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always had a beautiful experience while visiting Gilcrease Bird Sanctuary. Volunteering there gives me joy, it gives me peace. It also gives me great satusfaction to feel that I can contribute to help with taking care of the beautiful creatures there. I am always looking forward for the next time

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My opinion: NO ONE should cage a free, healthy, bird. They are the one creature God created to fly high away from us. People don't care, and buy what they want on a whim... thank goodness for Gilcrease, who takes the dumped, unwanted, often injured (mentally and physically) and truly CARE FOR THEM.....

Kara C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gilcrease is a very special place....as the result of humans and non-education about animal welfare, this ends up being a last stop for many of the varieties of animals/pets.....each has a special story of how they ended up here and many have had multiple homes.....I hope that people can find this to be a place of education, a beautiful place to find Sanctuary amongst the grounds or a place to give back to your community....to help those without a voice

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gilcrease is a very special place that most importantly is there to educate the general public. Each and every animal that has come through these doors has a story behind them and how they got there....educating our kids that we should only adopt and do thorough research before inviting any pet into our homes, especially parrots.

Wanda Linnekin H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary is a little piece of heaven in crazy Las Vegas. They have numerous animals, such as exotic birds, goats, chickens, peacocks, llamas, desert tortoises, pigs, koi fish and more. The animals there are very happy, well fed with clean cages and habitats and lots of wonderful toys to play with. They enjoy interacting with the staff and volunteers who give them lots of TLC every day. It's a great place to visit when you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas. Awesome for everyone, young and old.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful place to connect with nature here in Las Vegas. Beautiful grounds, lots of wonderful birds and other animals, great staff. Nice escape from the rat race!

Brittany B.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been going to Gilcrease for the last 5 years since I moved to Las Vegas. It is such a wonderful place to visit, one of my favorite places in Las Vegas. It is a large animal sanctuary with a large variety of birds and farm animals. They are all adorable, of course, and it is so much fun to interact with them. They have large areas for the animals and have many volunteers who donate toys and games to stimulate them. I have been fortunate enough to be able to volunteer here multiple times with my work colleagues and it is always a very rewarding experience. I love Gilcrease so much...one of my favorite non-profits!

D-Martin

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a volunteer with Gilcrease for 18 years. It has been a challenge with the change of management and staff over the years as all of us only want what is best for the animals. In the last 6 years GNS has absolutely changed the conditions for these animals. It is not an ideal situation to have animals in pens in the middle of a desert, but the creativity of the staff and management make it the best living situation they can for these abused and/or abandoned animals. Thank you for allowing me to be a very small part in helping these animals...and thank you for being there for them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I personally work for Gilcrease nature sanctuary for a little more than 3 years . I am the on site vet assistant and I think GNS has came a long way from where it was. Our goal is to make this sanctuary a clean and safe place for not only the animals but for our visitors. We have made tremendous progress on the property and still much more That GNS plans to do. we will continue to move forward from here. At the end of the day we want the animals to be healthy, have the proper care and food given. Everyone here has that same goal and I enjoy working here and what everyone’s trying to accomplish.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful place that truly cares about the welfare of these animals as well as the community.
I personally donate to Gilcrease from time to time and would recommend others join in helping this place.
Tommy-

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing place that is very compassionate about the animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been coming here for years and the animals are always well taken care of with fresh water and food and the staff is kind I would totally recommend this place!

Brianna K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this place ! The animals are well taken care of and loved. This place has taken in animals that would otherwise be put down. The volunteers and employees are super kind and knowledgeable.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

On the surface it might look and sound good but this place is a prison it’s horrible for these birds The Board of Directors knows nothing about birds they lie about the care and do nothing about the quality of life . The birds are shoved in cages until they die lacking basic stimulation proper environment and decency.
Look at that toucan it’s the saddest thing a toucan should never be house like that it’s painful for their feet. The macaws purchase a way too big they have no stimulation they’re terrified

Review from Guidestar

1 iamamandachristian

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary since 2010. My friend took me and I found my oasis in the desert. Having this special place in Vegas is so important to so many people, and animals.

1 Crystal Hutton S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an active volunteer for nearly 13 years. My family loves visiting! So many amazing changes have taken place over the past few years..it just keeps getting better and better for the animals! Thank you for all that you do to help our feathered and furry friends♡

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been taking my kids here since first taking my oldest back in 2010. It is an amazing gem in Las Vegas with an admirable mission. All the animals are well taken care of and the caregivers are incredibly kind. Looking forward to many more years taking my kids to enjoy this place!

Mary G.11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that cares deeply about all of the animals. Truly a Las Vegas oasis that everyone should take the time to visit.

Katrina R.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I worked here for a year recently. I love Gilcrease. love the mission, love the volunteers, love the animals , love Bonnie the director that has made many improvements. i enjoyed seeing Storytime and Summer Camp develop and city kids learn in a comfortable hands-on farm/sanctuary environment.... all in the heart of Las Vegas!

Robin D.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I visited Gilcrease about 14 years ago when we first moved to Las Vegas, and we enjoyed the experience. I recently returned there with my daughter and my sister, and we were delighted to see all the wonderful improvements Bonnie, the director, has made. We love it there so much that we now volunteer whenever we get the opportunity. Gilcrease is a pretty, serene, happy place where the animals are loved and very well cared for. Bonnie's knowledge, particularly of birds, seems to know no bounds, and we are always learning something interesting from her. I highly recommend Gilcrease as a place to visit, particularly for a family with young children. There is lots to see and the caregivers are extremely friendly and welcoming. Gilcrease also offers a fun camp experience in the summer for elementary aged children and a monthly story time for the stroller set.

Briana D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered here several Years ago. Such an amazing place.

Vanessa C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is the best!!! Love what they do!!

Michelle W.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gilcrease is a wonderful place to take the family to visit and learn about animals. It's evident that staff and volunteers care deeply about the residents there. Highly recommended.

Skye M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fabulous place to meet animals & learn about their care. Volunteering is fun & educational, and the events are a blast! The staff work tirelessly & it shows!

Joan D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is the best! Loves their animals so much!!

1 Lithicas

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited Gilcrease sanctuary shortly after we moved to Las Vegas, and have been volunteering there ever since. Bonnie, the current director, is striving mightily to give each and every one of the animals at the sanctuary the best possible care and environment!! They do a whole lot with very little, and also provide a wonderful family-friendly place to visit. Until such time as people stop thoughtlessly buying-and then abandoning-exotic animals, we will need places like Gilcrease where such animals get compassionate care for the rest of their lives.

Eclairyu

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering here, the staff are nice and it's always great to see the animals. Volunteering at the Sanctuary is a much more rewarding experience than I could have ever expected.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gilcrease Bird Sanctuary has wonderfully cared for beautiful animals!! The caretakers take pride in providing for the animal residents and go far and above general provisions. They don't just give food and shelter, they give of themselves, love, nurture, care and compassion!! I started spending winters in Las Vegas after my Mom passed. This was quite a difficult time for me, but when I asked to volunteer at Gilcrease, I found new friends, both human and others with feathers and some with
fur!! I found a purpose! Those who organize the child centered activities seem to have endless energy!! Their attention to detail is remarkable!! I look forward to my volunteer time. The people who work at Gilcrease are upbeat, happy, and attentive. Nothing gets overlooked. I eagerly anticipate winter 2020 to continue volunteering at Gilcrease.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful sanctuary. It is a friendly and relaxing place to take a stroll and see several species of animals. They take great care of the animals many which, if not all, are rescued. The staff and volunteers obviously really care about what they do and are always helpful when you have questions. I really enjoy visiting.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been here several times. It's a wonderful place to go for a quick outing on the weekend. The animals are well cared for and the staff is nice. Very peaceful and enjoyable.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful place. The people there are so nice and caring. I appreciate all they do with the animals. Keep up the great work!

MistyFieldsBecker

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this place. It's good to know that birds and animals find a safe home in such a beautiful setting. The care is exceptional and everyone there is committed to making the best home possible. Gilcrease makes our Las Vegas community a better place!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The wildlife and domestic animals are very fortunate to have such caring and dedicated people to look after them. They are a valuable asset to the Las Vegas community.

Carol B.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Not only are the animals well cared for, but this organization opens its doors for community projects by private industry & Scouts - their work enhances the environment for animals and the all important visitors. This is the "PLACE To GO" to celebrate Easter, Halloween and Christmas for their family oriented events - the children learn about the 4 legged animals and interact with a wide variety of birds, while enjoying the activities of the holidays. They even offer week long summer camps for kids, these kids get a more in depth look at animal care with hands on experience and learn for their future. Finally, the greater percentage of birds in their care are not pet - quality. These birds have a forever home and that is a very good thing!!

1 Lisa M.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited Gilcrease twice. The sanctuary is clean and beautiful. The staff care deeply for the animals and their welfare.
They go above and beyond to make sure that the animals are well cared for, have enrichment.
They also offer educational events to the public. That outreach in educating improves the welfare of animals not in their care so that maybe they won't need sanctuary. That is priceless.

Christine M.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter started Volunteering with Gilcrease Bird Sanctuary thru the Nevada Promise Scholarship in February. Gilcrease was one of the few places that allowed these teens to volunteer and get their hours in for their scholarship which helps these teens and their families pay for college. Some of which would not be able to attend college without the scholarship. Bonnie and Tom was great with dealing with my daughter who has a anxiety and panic disorder. Everyone was great there and my daughter loves volunteering and working along side the animals. Even after she put in all her hours, she still goes there at least once a month to help out because of her love for the place. We both are forever grateful to the Sanctuary and all the staff for this experience! So going and donating not only helps the animals but also you are helping our youth to reach their goals of attending college!

Christina M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had always heard of Gilcrease and the wonderful sanctuary that they have and finally went one day. I loved every moment. There were so many exotic birds and the duck pond was so beautiful. The ostruch were a bit angry but the goats in petting zoo were so cute and playful. It was definately an afternoon well spent. Please take your kids and enjoy this wonderful sanctuary. ❤❤❤

Jennie B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve taken my kids here to volunteer a couple of times and they loved it. So many different animals to visit and the staff were so kind and patient!

Krystal S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gilcrease Bird Sanctuary not only does a lot for the animals living there but for the community as well. We love visiting Gilcrease for the community events for all ages. They have arts and crafts, yoga, reading, just to name a few. They definitely fill a need in the NW community and Bonnie the director has really done something special for Gilcrease!

Lucie B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and i absolutely love it here. Everyone is extremely friendly and very knowledgeable. The animals are very well taken care of.