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Causes: Animals, Protection of Endangered Species

Mission: 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.

Results: Keepers of the Wild, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is currently home to over 150 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 24 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 Charity Navigator, Guidestar, GlobalGiving, 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.

Target demographics: Protect and care for exotic animals that have been either neglected or abused.

Programs: Long-Term Animal Care Animal Rescue Educational Outreach

Community Stories

139 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Nikki1994

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is great! It's mostly run by volunteers and they are always happy to talk about the rescued animals and answer questions. You can see that their hearts are really in what they do, and it shows in how happy the animals look. They are always looking for new ways to offer the animals enrichment to keep them from getting bored and the watermelon roll and pumpkin time are great fun. All of the animals there have had hard luck in life and if it wasn't for KOTW their suffering would have continued, but now they can live out the rest of their years in peace and hopefully the years of happiness will eventually erase the memories of their years of abuse. I really love going there. My favorite is Precious the ring-tailed lemur. She is adorable!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Sayerd V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Took my nieces 4 & 10 and they had a great time. Its really hard to find something they both enjoy. And this place was a HIT !! They both equally enjoyed it. We went at feeding time and it was AMAZING. My husband and I loved it as much as the kids. So fun. So cool. Great place . Must see !!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is AMAZING ! Took my nieces there when they came to visit they still talk about it every time I see them and we visited almost a year ago. We will be going again very soon.

1 Vicki L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visited as part of a road trip during our Vegas vacation in Summer 2018. We turned up at 2.30 and booked onto the 3.30 feeding, the staff were kind enough to let us eat our picnic on the patio outside the gift shop.

We were the only people on the ‘meat truck’ as I think most visitors for the day had been and gone so we got excellent 1 on 1 input.

The animals are simply incredible and their stories really do bring you to tears, the keepers know them so, so well and the cats especially seem to have a real bond with them.

My son who is currently training in animal management and zoology is now desperate to find somewhere like KotW to fulfil his own dreams (if we were US based I’d say expect his resume!!).

But seriously, this place is an absolute hidden marvel, a gem I can only wish we lived closer to. Hearing the cats ‘miaows’ echoing round the canyon and cliffs is spine chilling.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff was very helpful right when we walked in. We did the feeding tour. We learned a lot about individual animals, their history and personalities. Every creature has their story there. It was impressive to see the feeding, especially of tigers. I can't wait to go back. I appreciate all who work there and all they do for their animals.

1 Michelle C.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My girl scout troop 2400 visited Keepers of the Wild and got to make enrichments for the animals. The girls had a blast. They got to then see the animals receive their enrichments. Everyone there was so nice, they even got to tour the park. They loved learning the animals stories. It was all very personal. You felt like you got to know the animals.

1 Michelle H.10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keepers of the wild Valentine Arizona what an awesome place to bring your whole family the people are great very knowledgeable the animals are awesome it's a fun trip for all

1 Jason Pelham A.

Donor

Rating: 5

Although I have not been there for quite sometime, I have been there several times in the past. The first time was around 1988 when I fist moved to the area. Since that time, they have moved and improved what was once a small little sanctuary for abused animals Each year on Facebook I always ask for donations for my birthday to go to this great sanctuary, because over the decades I have known about them, and I have met Jonathan a couple of times, they have only improved and made great strides to help these animals in dire need They have great volunteers and I know, and can vouch that any donations they receive go to the animals themselves!!

1 Candy R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been there twice ! The work they are doing is amazing!!! Please support them if you
Can!!! Hopefully I will get to go visit again some day. Candy. Port Coquitlam bc Canada

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been to Keepers of the Wild 2 times and am so impressed with all the animals they are saving. Especially the lions and tiger. :) They provide such a needed sanctuary for all the animals that are abused, neglected and mistreated. No wild animal deserves to live their life in a cage for people's entertainment. At Keepers of the Wild, they have free range in the wide open country. Their enclosures are large enough that they don't feel trapped anymore. They can be animals again. I love this place and will continue to support them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came from Tucson to visit Keepers of the Wild last year. My favorite animals are the big cats and Keepers of the Wild provides a wonderful environment for them. They all seem very happy and content at their new home.
I'm going back to visit this week to see the new lion, leopard and tiger.
I think they do wonderful work and I am happy to support them.
Regina

Client Served

Rating: 5

Keepers of the Wild is a wonderful place to visit! I have planned other trips around being able to make a stop here and support this organization. They do a wonderful job of taking care of all their animals in the most ethical way possible. The staff and volunteers show a high level of understanding for how the animals should be taken care of, and what is best for their mental and physical health. All of the interactions with the animals is done with the utmost care and love. This place is wonderful and everyone that works and volunteers here is what we need more of in the world.

Conny A.

Donor

Rating: 5

The clean and large areas in which the animals reside is evident they are well provided for.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We make a point to visit Keepers of the Wild every time we travel to Laughlin NV. It is truly heartwarming to see the care they give to each and every animal there, big or small.
We know without a doubt that each donation we make is being used for these wonderful animals. It shows over the years how the area has grown and each habitat is being made exactly as the animals need. Thank you Keepers of the Wild...

Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I LOVE Keepers of the Wild!! The animals are beautiful and are so lucky to be there. A must see.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LOVE Keepers of the Wild!! It is such an amazing place and they do such good work. Can't wait to go again.

Scott C.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All the animals seem very happy and comfortable, and the staff is well educated about the care needed for the animals that they are responsible for. Keepers of the Wild also steps in when an animal needs to be relocated due to closure of their previous home, or mistreatment at their previous home, or individuals who get these animals as pets and later on realize it is more than they can handle. Keepers of the Wild helps as many animals as they can. They also have full disclosures in their montly newsletters, such as when an animal passes away. Unlike some places, they have nothing to hide. It's a great place!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After experiencing a fantastic visit at Keepers of the Wild with my daughter, I keep up with the news of the animals thanks to their emailed newsletter. I contribute when possible and continue to encourage folks to visit this wonderful place. I hope to go back soon and share the experience with my Montana granddaughters.

Diane B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I know first hand how well these animals are treated and cared for, i volunteered for 5 days to help care for them. They are treated with respect and well taken care of. Thank god for people like this to take in these animals that need a new home diane barone

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have visited Keepers of the Wild numerous times and have enjoyed the experience immensely! Taking the guided tour you learn about the animals history and how they came to Keepers of the Wild. The enclosures are huge and inviting for the animals. I could stay all day! I have such respect for this organization that I chose them for my Amazon donation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We were visitors from Canada and found Keepers of the Wild to be the best we have seen for habitats for the animals in their care. Staff were excellent and always willing to answer any questions we had. We saw Johnathan interacting with one of the lions in their care and it was obvious that he was loved by them. Great job for the saving these beautiful animals from their tiny cages and being made to perform "tricks" to please audiences. Much better to see them in this habitat where they have freedom to move and play.

Dolores V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My husband and I enjoyed our visit to this sanctuary. We were impressed with how knowledgeable the staff was and how they put the animals in their care, first. You could tell that all of the workers and volunteers truly love the animals and their jobs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited many times, and I love this place! Plus they are taking care of a baby coyote I found! I am so glad these poor animals have a safe and nice place to live. The area is beautiful, and the people working there are friendly and they care!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had such a great experience the first time visiting Keepers of the Wild that I am so looking forward to my next visit. All the employees whom I met are so knowledgeable and have such enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge, love, and commitment. I was enchanted to watch and listen to all that transpired - the explanations of the wonderful animals there, the care and commitment to each one, and the experience of seeing the amazing animals in their environments. This is such a great experience and also one to go back to - over and over. What kind and loving humans, and what secure and cared-for - and loved - animals. Thank you so much, and I look forward to my next visit so much!
Lorraine Wait

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live approximately 30 miles from Keepers of the Wild. They have been very active within our community, providing educational talks to children and adults. They have also been supportive of those who have opposed the circuses (with exotic animals) coming to town. I have been to visit Keepers of the Wild many times, and each time the animals are happy, the sanctuary is clean and the staff answer any questions I may have.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keepers of the Wild is only a two hour drive from Las Vegas and I love coming to see the animals in their habitats. On separate occasions I've brought my daughter and a friend to see the animals and understand the importance of their mission.
The spaces are always clean and well kept with the animals enjoying their environment and freedom.
We take lots of pictures when we come because we want to share the stories of the animals we see and hear about on the tours.
It is both educational and fun to visit Keepers of the Wild.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This facility is amazing - the animals are extremely well-cared for and loved by their caretakers. I am amazed at how well they operate as a non-profit! Its location is in a most unlikely place, up against the boulders of the high desert, next to Route 66. I sincerely wish that everyone could visit Keepers of the Wild and learn the stories of the residents - they will melt hearts and make converts out of new visitors. I support them by donating as often as I can afford, and invite any and all animal lovers and advocates to do the same.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have been out to Keepers of the Wild many times and have never been disappointed with my visit. Went out there in May to see the new black bears taken in sharing the same enclosure. Glad they finally have a chance to live their lives in peace. Was out there last week and always like to see the big cats come around at feeding time. The lions were roaring and that is the biggest thrill of all. Always recommend Keepers to family and friends for a truly unique experience.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a very engaged and hands-on charity, no folks sitting in WDC eating dinners at our expense here! And you can go to the facility anytime and check what your funds are covering. It's an easy ride from Las Vegas, LA, or Phoenix, and a nice overnight trip. In general the work is rescue now, but in a few years perhaps they will have joined the global effort to save species in protected arks, until mankind evolves to become a better species too.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is wonderful. I highly recommend not just donating to this awesome organization, but to also visit! My husband and I visited a few years ago and to see the spacious and natural habitats that these rescued animals get to live out the rest of their lives in is really special. Seeing in person what your donations are going towards is really inspiring; we’ll definitely continue to support this rescue organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jonathan Kraft has always had a heart for animals. His Keepers of the Wild has always been a top notch animal rescue facility mainly because of his dedication and hard work. I have visited them many times and known Jonathan since 1998. I would recommend this facility and especially Mr. Kraft as one of the country's best run animal rescue organizations.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This rescue sanctuary is amazing. There are so many amazing, beautiful, and healthy animals that live here. They live in good conditions and I am happy that they get to live out their lives at keepers of the wild after being rescued.

Anna V.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family visited this organization and it was a very intimate venue and experience. We enjoyed interacting with the tigers and lion the most. One of the tigers was very playful and would run along the fence and jump when when my boyfriend jumped. He mimicked his actions and almost seemed like he was playing with him. It was quite fun.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fabulous! The animals are so well cared for and happy!!

Ellen P.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful place to see the care given to exotics that have been used and abused. My 2 year old granddaughter loves to see the beautiful animals. And she also loves the gift shop!! Staff is friendly and informative. We go back often and donate whatever we can. You won't be disappointed.

Nicole P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The absolute cleanest, most caring sanctuary that exists! The most dedicated staff. The animals live in paradise...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful experience. The keepers really care and know there animals! I still can't believe some of the stories of these majestic creatures. Cant wait to go back!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a very dedicated and professional team and every dollar raised goes to the care of these animals as well as education

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was extremely impressed with not only the cleanliness and physical health of the animals, but also the care and concern given to their emotional well being.

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1 Laura T.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keepers of the wild. We go once or twice a year. Enjoy lunch with animals. Thank you Keepers Of The Wild

1 Jan Quatrone Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When my twin grandchildren moved to Laughlin I couldn't wait to take them to the Keepers of the Wild. What a great day we had seeing and hearing all the stories about the animals!
Highly recommend taking the tour as seeing and hearing the many stories are memories we will always have. What great work the owner and all employees do there!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I visited Keepers of the Wild in October 2017.
The sanctuary is well kept and maintained, with clean facilities and enclosures. We were pleased to see how well the natural trees and wildlife were incorporated with the waking paths and animal enclosures.
The animals looked happy and had ample space and enrichment items provided for them.
The staff was friendly and always ready to answer questions even if they were in the middle of a task.
We enjoyed cooling off afterward on the patio outside the gift shop with the beautiful plants and flower and watching the hummingbirds visit.
Will definitely recommend to family and friends.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Congratulations to the most caring team of the world! Best experience ever. Love you and the animals, the 'cats' in particular ❤️

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I brought my 3 year old and it was such an amazing experience. Everyone is so nice and kind to the animals. We will definitely be going back soon!!!! Keep up the good work guys

1 Nifer R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I could only put 5 stars....would have put many many more!
I love this place! It truely is a place for these beautiful creatures to live out thier lives and experience the "wild" that they were deprived of. The crew does an excellent job of caring for all these diverse animals day in and day out! I am proud to say i have had the opportunity to be a part of this place. ...aside from being a mother, this was my favorite job! The energy that is at Keepers of the wild is refreshing! My children have also been apart of this wonderful place... making foraging toys for the primates, learning about the many animals and their stories, and being educated as to how we can help when we are not at the park....(educating their friends).
Ive also had the privilege of meeting the board of director and i have to say, those people are awesome! They really care!!
Big shout out to Jonathan Kraft and Tina Matejek....just two of the badasses that have worked their butts off to make the sanctuary what it is, and ive enjoyed the times i got to work with these two and pick their brains. Fun times!!!Both are very intelligent humans and im honored to know them. Also to the behind the scenes people that i adore...
Nicole, Labre, Diane, Linda...and all the volunteers that contribute to the wellbeing of these beautiful creatures. They are doing an amazing job. Keep up the awesome work. Its a great place to spend the day!!!
KEEPERS OF THE WILD FOR LIFE!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love our trips to Keepers of the Wild, the staff is so friendly and knowledgeable with all the animals there. The animals seem happy and well cared for. We do not go to circus shows because of how the animals are treated so Keepers is a great place for us to see the animals being cared for and the back story. My kids have a deep understanding and agree on why not to go to circus show. Our favorite time is during feeling time. They are so active and vocal. Truly a gem.

1 Barbara Hicks S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a beautiful place that truly cares about the animals in their care. Thank you for all your doing.

1 Laurel P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While visiting my sister, she took me to see Keepers of the Wild. It was wonderful. The animals were in great shape and you could just tell that the staff truly care for the animals. the sanctuary was very clean and the enclosures were well made. I have told many friends to be sure and visit the lovely park. I am looking forward to going again

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We've made several visits to Keepers of the Wild over the years. It has been a blessing to watch it continue to grow into an amazing experience for both the variety of animals living there and those of us visiting. Look forward to many more years of visits and growth.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took my son and daughter in law to Keepers. Was the best time we have had. The lions are my favorite part of the park. I am so glad that Keepers were able to get more. I have missed the roar in the park. I like the way they have moved the animals around and the enclosures look great. I will surely be coming back. Thank you Jonathan for all that you have done. You are truly the animals voice.

Lana J.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love going to see animals at Keepers of the Wild. Animals look healthy and happy as they are living nice habitats and being treated with love.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have taken my grandchildren twice now. This place does not get old. Love their dedication to care and love for these beauties.

Ellen D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family spends time in Arizona a few times a year. We go to Keepers of the Wild as often as we can. You can tell how much the workers love the animals. They take such good care of the animals. The animals are happy and healthy. It is sad to know about the mistreatment of these beautiful animals but so happy this place exsists. If you are ever in the area you must go!

Jerry N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Met Jonathon and Tina years ago. Got a tour of the facility with Jonathon and Tina. A lot of hard by both of these folks to save and care for these animals. I was really impressed that this is the last home for these animals with great care and a clean facility. Great place to visit!

Staca H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I lived in Kingman, AZ, I volunteered with Keepers of the Wild. It was such a rewarding experience to be a part of Jonathan Kraft’s vision in caring for the exotic animals there, many of whom had been mistreated or not cared for properly before arriving there. It was obvious that the organization cared deeply about these animals and their welfare. The experience also helped me come to appreciate certain types of animals, such as reptiles, that I hadn’t been too fond of previously. I had valuable experiences there and learned a lot, and it was also great fun. I’m proud of my volunteer time. I eventually moved out of the area, but I had the pleasure of visiting the current facility on a visit. It was great seeing how far the enclosures for the animals had come, how well cared for they still are. I had a great experience touring the facility.

Sharon G.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I went right before my hip replacement. The facility was easy for me to walk instead of riding the tram. You can tell that this is a labor of love, because the animals are well taken care of by an amazing staff of very friendly people. The gift shop is well stocked with merchandise for all who visit the park. Before we left, we had some ice cream out on the back patio. I can't wait to go back with my grandsons. I know this will become a family tradition. Sharon from Yucca Az

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I have been to keepers of the wild multiple times and each time is like a new experience. It is a go-to when it comes to family fun day. My kids love the animals and I love almost everything about it lol. They offer food or you can bring your own, which with a growing family is a nice thing to be able to do. The staff are always friendly and my kids love to kearn about all the new animals they get each time we go. Keepers of the wild is a great place all around.

Christine C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

We went there over 12 years ago by mistake, driving through and found this awesome place. Decided to stop and donated to when Sulton was a baby lion. Awesome place, the keepers are informative the animals seem to be happy and well taken care of. None of them were pacing the fence. The keepers were friendly as well as the staff. We donated a large sum to Sulton to see what he is up to every year. Recommend visiting. Some day when I am in the area I will have to visit again. We drove from NJ passing through. So not a place I can locally visit.

Frederik B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a hidden pearl on the ole route 66. Magnificent animals and great and some horrible stories behind them.
Its not a zoo, but a sanctuary.

we did only find keepers of the wild because they had a deal on groupon, or else we would have bypassed on the route we had planned.

Keepers of the wild are unknown for the european turists. its not mentioned in our route 66 guides, which it should be.
Every person i meet, whom are going to las vegas, I always say to people they must visit keepers of the wild.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been to this park several times now, it's a great place to go, the staff is always kind and willing to answer questions about the animals, their animals seem to be healthy and well kept, I'm sure I'll be going again and again, always like to take new ppl with me to experience the park.

Diane P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LOVE Keepers of the Wild! They are amazing, so professional and caring. They have done an amazing job at creating, maintaining and expanding their facility. The animals all look healthy and happy as they can be in captivity. The habitats are large and in their natural state. We always enjoy going there and sharing it with family and friends. I turn into a big kid when I am there. Jonathan and his staff are incredible and really care about the animals well being and happiness.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I had a wonderful time at this facility. Beautiful, spacious enclosures. You can definitely tell the animals are loved and well cared for.

Laura L.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went with my son & my father for a visit/ tour and was very impressed with the facilities and the care given to the animals there. They are truly attentive to the animals and their needs along with having plenty of room to roam and play. Just wish more wild animal rescues did so on the level that Keepers of the Wild does. It is definitely a great place to help support financially and if ever in the area definitely stop by, see for yourself & show your support to help care for these majestic rescued animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a wide variety of rescued animals, with a good amount of space for each of them. I've been to many zoos and sanctuaries throughout the states, and this one is by far my favorite. The people are also great.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Keepers of the Wild was a great and unique experience. You can tell that the handlers truly care and love for the animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Took out Kids out to the park a while back. Kids loved it! They were able to see all kinds of animals and learn about them.

Angela E.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A while back we took are family and friends out to Keepers of the wild. Great Animals, Great clean Facility. Great Staff. My nephew has Autism the staff was awesome with him responding to his questions. It was A great family time. I would visit again .