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The Wild Animal Sanctuary

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Causes: Animals, Education, Environment, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: The mission of The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) is to rescue and provide life-long homes for captive great cats, bears, wolves and other large carnivores, which have been abused, abandoned, exploited and illegally kept and to educate the public about causes and solutions to the dramatic plight of thousands of captive wildlife in the United States.

Results: The Wild Animal Sanctuary has rescued hundreds and hundreds of large carnivores over the past 38 years from illegal and/or abusive situations - and provides them with large free-roaming natural habitats to live in. The Sanctuary currently operates a 720 acre refuge for rescued animals, and provides direct education to over 180,000 people per year concerning issues relating to the Captive Wildlife Crisis in America.

Target demographics: People who are passionate about helping animals - especially Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and other majestic Creatures who are victims of the Captive Wildlife Crisis in America today.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1-200

Geographic areas served: US - Canada - Mexico - South America - Spain

Programs: Our Current Programs Our facilities are some of the most contemporary in the nation. We build species-specific habitats ranging from 5-acres to 25-acres, and have dozens of these natural habitats spread throughout our 720 acre facility. Newly rescued animals dwell in large enclosures during their rehabilitation process in order to build groups who will ultimately have a new habitat built for them. These roomy, comfortable environments offer our rescued animals’ unprecedented freedom and more natural living spaces. All habitats have underground dens that supply temperature controlled housing; or hibernation dens; year round. TWAS also has “The Mile Into The Wild Walkway” - a unique system of elevated cat-walks and observation platforms that allow visitors to view our rescued animals and enjoy their habitats, while reducing the animals’ exposure to humans.

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670 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a magical place to visit. Every creature should be cared for the way they care for their animals. Support them!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This place blew my mind. The habitats for the animals are large with toys, shade and sometimes water features. It was incredible to see bears playing with each other, lions roaring, and tigers napping in the sun. The captive wildlife crisis is a huge problem in this country. The Wild Animal Sanctuary is doing a marvelous job of caring for the animals who've been through unspeakable trauma.
The elevated walkways were an amazing way to see the animals without disturbing them. I'm in awe of the care they provide for these spectacular creatures.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The work done at this facility is superb! Animals all look happy & healthy & have fantastic open habitats.

I visit at least once a month & am always impressed.

3 Kathy289

Donor

Rating: 5

It has been my honor and privilege to support The Wildanimal Sanctuary. I have been a supporter for over 10 years and the staff and volunteers that love and care for these beautiful animals can not be equaled. Pat Craig and his entire family have devoted their lives to rescuing and rehabilitating Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and a large variety of other carnivores that have suffered horrendous abuse and neglect from the Captive wildlife trade.
They have provided a home for animals that spent their lives at the mercy of unimaginable torture and allow them to live the rest of their lives as close to being in the wild as possible. I strongly recommend visiting and supporting TWAS.

2 Linda458

Donor

Rating: 5

The first time I visited, I was moved to tears to see how these magnificent free-living animals are given a second chance after suffering all kinds of abuse at the hands of humans. There simply aren't words to describe this wonderful place!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about The Wild Animal Sanctuary. It is the most amazing forever home for abused and neglected carnivores. I "adopted" Buddy, the mountain lion, last year. I have visited twice from California so far, and although I have yet to see Buddy, I am not disappointed because I know he is now free to choose how he spends his days. It is so rewarding to see how the animals' lives have changed after arriving at the Sanctuary. The elevated walkway is such a great way to be able to observe the animals without intruding on them. I am so proud to be a donor for this non-profit. The Wild Animal Sanctuary exemplifies everything good that a non-profit should be.

2 Annah D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Such a moving and powerful experience to see these majestic creatures at last free, cared for and respected. What TWAS does is beyond exceptional. It a profound honor to support this noble cause and advance the humane treatment of all of life on Earth.

4 Kenna Clements

Donor

Rating: 5

The heart breaking and heart healing that lives within each and every animal here is incredible. The strength of spirit that it must take to do this work is so inspiring. Being an animal lover makes this an important place for me to donate to. I love this place!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The people that work and volunteer for this organization have saving and caring for animals running through their veins. Every detail is tended to for the care of every animal and every habitat. WAS is a class A organization from top to bottom. I have been there many times and am always impressed. I am honored to donate monthly to do my small part to help this wonderful organization. It is always the first place we take visitors and they too are always impressed.

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4 Courtney77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer I get to see some of the inner workings and I can honestly say that everything the sanctuary does is for the animals, no one else. Not for the public, staff or publicity. The animals come first and in my opinion that is the way it should be at any decent sanctuary. Seeing the animals so happy makes my day whenever I go in to help and it makes me sooooo soooo happy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visited yesterday and this place is just amazing! Everybody who we interacted with made a point to speak about the conditions these animals were rescued from and raise awareness. Utilize the knowledge of the volunteers and staff and this is quite a fun, educational experience.

3 Jennifer621

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I visited this sanctuary 10 years ago and decided to go back last May. WOW, it has blossomed. This was before the new visitor center opened, but I had so much fun watching all the animals, that I took my Mom back over Christmas who was visiting from Chicago. By this time, the new visitor center was open, so we were able to enjoy some pizza and ice cream after our walk. It was great to go back at Christmas after reading the stories in their newsletter. It was fun to see the animals and progress from what I read. A great place where you can tell that they truly care about the well being of the animals and do all they can to keep them in their wild, natural habitat. I could sit there all day and listen to the lions roar. A must do for anyone who loves animals.

3 Melanie V.

Donor

Rating: 5

We visited Denver in November for the first time and had already researched the sanctuary, excited to make the drive out there. The reviews were spot on, what an amazing experience and we got great exercise and views. Some of the animals were out of view and the binocular s you can rent really helped. I might add there are some bad reviews circulating about small space for some of the tigers, however this is because they are reacclimating them in hopes to move them with other tigers in bigger enclosures. All the animals were so well taken care of and I recommend this place to anyone! If you have the means, please donate they take any amount extra after admission and they even send you a nice thank you letter in the mail when we got home.

3 Jeannine3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We went to the sanctuary last summer as part of my daughters make-a-wish trip. It was beyond amazing. The staff and tour were a once in a lifetime opportunity. Their knowledge and passion was inspiring. And the animals,each with a story touched our hearts. We hope to return soon ! This place has forever touched my heart ❤

3 Donna275

Donor

Rating: 5

This place is just amazing. They share the stories of all the animals via story boards along the walkway & they are heartbreaking. Thank goodness for the wonderful people who run The Wild Animal Sanctuary & fantastic care provided to all the animals they rescue. I'm so glad a place like this exists to provide a loving & safe environment for all the rescued animals to live out their lives.

3 Jerry20

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to have twice visited the Wild Life Sanctuary and have been blessed to have the means to contribute to its financial support. A singular memorable experience for me was listening to the wolf packs communicating with each other with that haunting chorus of howling. The WLS not only provides a great venue to view some of nature most remarkable creations in something close to their natural environment, but also performs an invaluable service in rescuing these animals from unhealthy and abusive conditions. The owners and staff of WLS are genuine in their mission to be good stewards of these incredible animals. I would greatly encourage support of their endeavor.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

RMWCC is an outstanding facility. I was especially impressed by the care given to the animals in terms of acclimating them into the environment in a structured fashion. The infrastructure is an excellent means of seeing the animals in a "close to natural" setting. Also enjoyed the stories about how the animals came to the facility.

2 Carole40

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visiting The Wild Animal Sanctuary was one of the highlights of my life. These wonderful rescued animals now live out their lives in natural surroundings in social groups of their own kind. Founder and Executive Director Pat Craig is very hands-on and we actually got to talk with him and get our photo with him. What an incredible man providing an incredible retirement for so many formerly abused and/or neglected animals. I highly recommend it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After visiting this sanctuary I decided to become a volunteer. Today I start my training and the adventure begins. I can't wait to learn more and share my passion about this wonderful place.

1 John435

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the important work the Wild Animal Sanctuary does!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is, without a doubt, the best place on earth. The work they do is noble and extraordinary. All of the animals have been saved from heartbreaking circumstances and now live in a peaceful and tranquil environment where they are well cared for.

1 Carolina5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful sanctuary helping animals to live free. Their labor is awesome and so much care for those who has suffer before arrive in there. Is beautiful seeing their posts about how peacefully are wild animals living there