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The Wild Animal Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

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 39 years from illegal and/or abusive situations - and provides them with large free-roaming natural habitats to live in. The Sanctuary currently operates a 9,793-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 35-acres, and have dozens of these natural habitats spread throughout our 9,793-acre facilities. 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.

Community Stories

966 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Melissa G.10

Donor

Rating: 5

Since my first visit several years ago I have adopted lions, tigers and leopards each year. I have also supported the purchase of new land at the Refuge where these animals will have a natural habitat to live out the rest of their lives. Reading the stories about where these animals have come from breaks my heart but I am so thankful for Pat, and his team at The Wild Animal Sanctuary for rescuing these animals and giving them a wonderful place to live for the rest of their lives. At some point I would love to volunteer here and not just visit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the coolest places our family has been to see lots of animals in as natural a habitat as possible.

Please consider visiting, volunteering or donating. If you care about animals, this is your jam!

Laurel M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Wildlife Animal Sanctuary is a place where animals get to live their lives in spacious comfortable huge habitats where caring knowledgeable staff and volunteers make sure these innocent beautiful creatures are living their best lives. There is a sign on the wall that says, "Saving one animal may not change the world but it certainly changes the world for that one animal!" That is the mission and life's work for TWAS. I love volunteering and sharing my passion with other like-minded people. Pat Craig always puts the welfare and needs of the animals first. That is why he had a 3 mile walkway built 30' above the animals so they would not be stressed and visitors could still see them enjoying a natural worry-free life in their forever home!

Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the gold standard in captive carnivore sanctuaries. From the very beginning, every single animal is given love, healing, and a chance to finally experience as close to living in the wild as possible. TWAS continuously evolves from designing better rescue methods, creating habitats for the comfort and daily life of the animals , and educating the world about the captive wildlife crisis. There are many ways to help the animals on their website.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been honored to be able to support TWAS for over 10 years. The incredible work that starts when a request for a rescue is made is unbelievable. When you watch a video of a rescue and see the connection the rescuers have with the animal is beautiful. The love and care continues through traveling to the sanctuary and through out the lives of every animal. The most wonderful thing a person can do if at all possible is go see for yourself and I promise you too will want to do more. God bless TWAS and thank you Pat Craig for starting this incredible Sanctuary.

Margaret89

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of TWAS for many years, including adopting two lions and contributing towards the purchase of the Refuge. TWAS is a world-class true animal sanctuary. How do I know this? Because, people who help animals all over this world know of TWAS, and they regularly fly animals in, the lastest being bears from Beirut, Lebanon. The large habitats are what really set it apart from other true sanctuaries. The animals get to have a good life in peace and quiet, enjoying excellent nutrition and healthcare, among friends and family. Another way to tell a class organization is that TWAS has many more kinds of animals than lions, tigers, and bears...they won't leave an animal if it needs help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Have been a monthly supporter for several years and now also a Founder for The Refuge property. The Wild Animal Sanctuary is always there for animals who need help. They say they are a sanctuary for large carnivores, but there are so many other types of animals in TWAS because they DO NOT turn away any animals who need saving. So, you will see alpacas, camels, ostriches, yaks, porcupines, etc.

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molly113

Donor

Rating: 5

I am an active supporter of this sanctuary and a founder for the refuge because I love and believe in what they are doing. I think everyone should visit this place to truly understand what they do for these animals and how happy they are now.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this place. The work they do at the sanctuary is amazing. Every time I visit the volunteers and employees are so friendly and very dedicated to their cause. I happily donate every month knowing my donation is truly helping an animal that lives here.

Tammy S.5

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a top notch group of volunteers and employees. Everything they do is geared to the animals that they have rescued, it’s all for they comfort and well being. I have been a supporter for over ten years and this place is special. So many rescues, lives that have been saved because of this place.

Donor

Rating: 5

The first time we visited TWAS a few years ago several volunteers explained the process for receiving & integrating the animals. We continue to support the organization & visit once a year after the bears come out of hibernation. I was especially happy to see the Tiger King animals rescued & moved there.

Claudia L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Ive been going here several yrs now n have also followed their travels n care for the animals - I get a flood of memories of their successful rescues to the care for each animal requirements to space they need. The shelters they have are as close to natural as possible - its been a joy to watch them grow n I'm very happy I've adopted, I now have 4 different cats which helps for a bit a care.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been here several times and took guest with me to so Pat's work will get noticed - top of tops place for sure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started financially supporting The Wild Animal Sanctuary about 15 years ago because of the great work they do worldwide to address the captive wild animal crisis. I became a volunteer there about ten years ago and currently volunteer 2 1/2 days a week. TWAS rescues and cares for bears, exotic big cats and other species that have been abused...providing the animals with large, open habitats, USDA-approved food, fresh water, sunshine, temperature-controlled dens, enrichment objects such as pools/waterfalls/streams and the most natural life possible. The management, caregiving staff and volunteers are dedicated to giving these animals a lifelong home that is Heaven on Earth. My association with this charity has been the most intrinsically rewarding decision of my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a truly amazing gem, saving animals throughout the world and giving them a loving, natural home for the rest of their lives. Even during the early months of the COVID19 crisis, TWAS was out there rescuing more tigers, bears, and other desperate animals. The caretakers are like substitute parents to their "kids", knowing the personal likes, dislikes, and idiosyncrasies of each of their charges and always insuring that their "kids" have just what they need for a happy, healthy life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every time we have visited we had so some fun! Watching all the animals be in a safe and comfortable home. I swear they have smiles on their faces! I enjoyed it so much I evened signed up to do the crafts at the events. Love love this place!
Sharon

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love The Wild Animal Sanctuary and this is why ... the animals are beautiful and well fed. To look at them from above, you have the opportunity to watch them peacefully. The animals can be viewed without bars and in their expansive environment. I walk with a crutch and am limited to how far I can go, with that said, that was not the case while visiting The Wild Animal Sanctuary, I was so energized viewing the wonderful residents I didn’t want stop. They’re all beautiful and I loved learning about their history and seeing how well off they are now. I have donated multiple times to help their cause and will be visiting again soon.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


I greatly appreciate how TWAS has found a way to allow animal lovers the opportunity to view these amazing creatures from a distance, while allowing the animals the ability to interact freely in their large-acreage habitats and not be impacted or burdened by those humans. These animals have all been rescued from situations that used and abused them, and it is such a breath of fresh air, and a genuine relief to see them at peace, in freedom, and taken care of. If you have the opportunity, it is truly a unique place that will not leave you disappointed. It will leave you inspired and will give you assurance that there are people out there who care more about these beautiful animals’ well-being, and not exploiting them.

Stephanie Doyle P.

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter and I were there a week ago today. It was her first time and my second time, we’re from Indiana. She, as did I, really enjoyed watching the bears wrestle in their pools, the tigers curled up next to each other, hearing the lions roar and viewing the wide variety of animals they’ve rescued. We enjoyed it so much so that we were there for 5 1/2 hours (watching the animals) and another hour watching the introductory video and visiting the snack bar and gift shop. My daughter told me she will never visit a zoo again because we are too close to their habitats and they feel frightened. That should never happen with animals that are meant to be wild.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Since visiting TWAS we will not go to any zoo. The freedom, love and great care the animals receive is beyond what I ever expected. We’ve seen animals come in with very little hope, and the staff at TWAS has completely turned their lives around for the better. We hope they’ll be around for a long time.

kjbergy

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been going since 1999 and have seen it grow and mature. It is a special place like no other. The animals are cared for with food and medical attention not to mention enrichment and large habitats. Definitely, the best sanctuary of its kind.

ChristineJ

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is AMAZING! Tigers, bears, camels, coyotes, mountain lions and more—all rescued from either substandard zoos, roadside zoos masquerading as sanctuaries or misguided private owners—roam on hundreds of acres of prairie, while visitors watch them from an elevated walkway. Several of the “Tiger King’s” former tigers are now living their best life here! It’s so refreshing to see wild animals happy and in an expansive habitat. Best of all, they let moms in for FREE on Mother’s Day!

Donor

Rating: 5

This a wonderful organization for all abused animals. They give them so much love and care. I adopt two animals every year. One for myself and one for my grandson. If you have never been, please check it out for yourself. Once you visit you will be hooked. Thanks for all the hard work the volunteers and TWAS does for these wonderful animals. God Bless You all.

Diana H.6

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Wild Animal Sanctuary for 3 years now. I go out several times a year, usually at the end of the day when the animals are waking up after their midday naps and are much more active. I can stay anywhere from an hour to 3 hours, watching, walking, photographing, and just enjoying the day. One of the most amazing things to witness is the roaring of the lions, you can hear them long before you see them. In the middle of farm country here in Colorado, hearing lions roar is amazing. The care that these animals receive to make sure they live out their lives as comfortable and realistic in a natural habitat is amazing.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wild Animal Sanctuary is an amazing place! It's the type of place you feel sadness for these animals and their past but pure happiness that they're now living their best lives. They care for these animals more then anything! If you become a monthly donor you're able to visit a few times a year with family/friends for free.

valerie42

Donor

Rating: 5

My family have been supporters of the Wild Animal Sanctuary for years - ever since reading about the amazing work they do. The tour comes with a beautiful, full color book that describes each of the areas you're seeing and briefly tells the story of each animal. Seeing the bears and the tigers enjoy their waterfalls and pools, the lions, foxes and wolves napping in the shade in their habitats, is such a thrilling and heartwarming experience. The Sanctuary's unique elevated walkway is based on research showing animals don't feel threatened by human activity above them. The Welcome Center is a great experience all on its own with its short, award-winning orientation film, its restaurant, ice cream and gift shops. Volunteers stationed along the walkway are friendly and knowledgable and can tell you more about the habitats you're observing. The education center near the tiger roundhouse plays videos of the Sanctuary's astonishing rescues and segments that Animal Planet has done on these animals. We were just there Wednesday (8/4) and it was a wonderful day, as it always is.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Year after year, the Wild Animal Sanctuary continues to rescue animals worldwide in situations of neglect and abuse, bringing them to Colorado for lives of freedom and dignity. Recently they added a far larger plot of land to house the increasing numbers of animals needing rescue. We encourage everyone to read their quarterly newsletters to understand the level of dedication the Sanctuary demonstrates year after year. We've supported TWAS for over a decade and are honored to be part of this work.

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Chrissie B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I love visiting here, like to go several times a year, purchase a yearly pass, tend to take lots of other people with me, they all love it. Last year that yearly pass cost me $100 which I thought was reasonable, this year that has changed, now a yearly pass with up to 5 other visitors cost $500. I’m so sad, I could never afford that and each individual cost is $50 a person, that’s is $300 for 6 of us for a 3 hour visit. I will not be visiting the sanctuary again unless they change their prices. I understand they are a non profit and don’t have the same options as zoos, however, I don’t know how the average person can afford that. It makes me very sad, like I said, I look forward to visiting several times a year, it’s a great place, I will miss it a lot!!!
Chrissie

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Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing beautiful place to visit! I enjoy every visit, all the animals and all the staff! The animals rescued here are very lucky and we are very lucky that they share it with us! Thank you!!! Chrissie

Donor

Rating: 5

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Client Served

Rating: 1

This place is awful and not kid friendly. They require your personal information such as address, phone number and email for admission. They require a donation in addition to the large admission price for admission. Then they require for you to SIT with other visitors and watch a 15 minute video before entering the facility. The facility is dirty and the bathrooms are gross. The employees are not friendly and were shouting rules at the visitors. I had two small children with me and after we paid, they needed to use the restroom and eat after the long car ride and "Dee" was shouting that we must SIT and watch a 15 minute video before we can enter the facility. There are not that many animals and it is in the hot sun.

5 Jessica T.7

Donor

Rating: 5

This one's long, sorry!! I'm 49 this year- I've been an animal rights supporter since I was 19 and did a paper in college about the potential impact of total vegetarianism on our existing economy . My eyes were opened to a LOT of details about factory farming, i stopped eating meat and started volunteering for animal rights organizations.
Many years later I remember my mother telling me she wanted to take me and my daughter to a new Sanctuary that she was supporting that was not far from her house . We had our usual back-and-forth about how I don't support exploiting animals in sanctuaries by staring at them (any introvert can relate) and was guaranteed to ruin the experience for everyone anyone since I always start crying at these places..... yet she insisted this place was different. I allowed her to take my daughter but did not go. My daughter insisted this place was different.

The NEXT time we were there she persisted in asking me to go, and my eyes were opened AGAIN. This Sanctuary is insightful and thoughtful about the perspective of the animals living there and their needs. They have an elevated walkway so that we can see these amazing and beautiful animals and they can feel peaceful, understood, comforted by the company of their peers, and not threatened by intrusive stares.

These guys are DOING IT RIGHT, seriously.

Check them out, spread the word, and support them financially please if you can. It's this kind of thinking that will allow us to rectify some of the sad experiences these animals have had. It's not our fault, but it's within our power to fix because there's places like this that have a good formula and just need revenue to keep it going. Keep up the great work ( and the amazing linkedin videos! )

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The animals here are provided large habitats, high quality diets, and world-class vet care. They're able to live their lives as they're supposed to: comfortable, well-cared for, free, and happy.

1 Daniela12

Donor

Rating: 5

With every visit to The Wild Animal Sanctuary I am inspired and overcome with immense joy and gratitude.
Because it’s the most beautiful safe haven for the rescued animals and provides them a calm, peaceful, safe, serene and stress free environment.
The spacious habitats are constantly being improved and updated with natural ponds, pools, boulders, rocks, climbing structures, burrows, dens, more trees which mimic the wild.
You can tell that the need of each animal is being met and the animals are a top priority in everything they do.

Being a supporter/donor and now founder, I get to see first hand that my donations are well invested and used for.
It helps provide a better life for many rescued animals because not only they receive the best care, a good healthy diet but also get to live in a state of the art facility together with their own kind.
I love that TWAS/TWAR dedicates lots of time and effort so that each rescue gets to live with a companion, group, a pack or pride.

Two years ago, TWAS expanded by purchasing a beautiful property of 9,684 acres of heaven on earth, in South Eastern Colorado, called The Refuge.
This has given their supporters/donors a wonderful opportunity to become a Founding Member of The Wild Animal Refuge.
In early June of this year, I was able to visit this pristine and wonderful place that many future rescued animals will be calling home.
(The Wild Animal Refuge is closed to the general public, but if you are a Founder you get to enjoy a one day tour by driving on a special course throughout the Refuge).
The current habitats are already inhabited by rescued bears, lions, tigers, wolves, yaks, alpacas and donkeys. Each little group gets to enjoy over 100 to 200 acres amongst themselves
as their forever home.

The Sanctuary & the Refuge are a Blessing for us and a few lucky animals to call it their forever home.
Special praises go out to the visionary and founder Pat Craig, his family, their staff and volunteers.
They are the heart and soul of both places but also the most caring, dedicated, hardworking individuals you will ever meet.
I am eternally grateful and thankful for all they do but mostly for opening our eyes through continuously educating
us about the plight and suffering of the captive held wild carnivores in this country as well as the rest of the world.








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Donor

Rating: 5

I became a donor when I visited The Wild Animal Sanctuary for the first time 4 years ago.
You can tell how happy, relaxed and chill the animals are, they are lounging peacefully in their state of the art habitats or play with some enrichments or in their pool.
The Founder Pat Craig, his family, staff and volunteers are just wonderful, the most caring, dedicated and hard working people I know. The animals are always their priority.
The visitors center is an amazing place, with the nicest staff and volunteers. The huge TV screens are a wonderful way of educating and raising awareness of the captive held wild carnivore crisis in the USA and abroad.
The schools should make an annual mandatory field trip in order to teach children that these beautiful rescued furry residents DO NOT make good pets.
Since last year I became a Founder of The Refuge, which is a heaven on earth for the rescued creatures where they can enjoy pristine landscapes and many natural amenities. I cannot wait to see the first animals set foot in their extra large habitats.
I love spending the day at the Sanctuary; after walking for hours with my binoculars and camera, it’s great to take a break at Lions Den Cafe where they serve delicious food, for everyone even vegans.
The gift shop is usually my last stop as I always find the cutest and rarest little or big gifts. It’s truly my happy place and a very special place in my heart, I love spending the day or sometimes two days at TWAS. The Wild Animal Sanctuary is best and the most progressive Sanctuary in the world!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sanctuary is an amazing place for our wild animals struggling in abusive, tattered captive situations to go and live freely and comfortably.

Jennifer H.16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to visit The Wild Animal Sanctuary last September. I was in awe of the incredible habitats that have been created for the animals and the process that takes place when an animal first arrives at the sanctuary. The staff and volunteers are knowledgeable, educational, compassionate, kind, and dedicated. I highly recommend a visit (I plan on going again) or several visits to the sanctuary. It was such a wonderful, inspiring experience, I just cannot say enough about what a wonderful home this is for the rescued wild animals.

1 Micheline B.

Donor

Rating: 5

The focus of TWAS has and always will be the well being of the rescued animals. It is amazing to see them from above on the overhead walkway and to learn their stories. TWAS promotes education regarding captive wild animals. Their work is possible because of the dedicated, hardworking volunteers who are attracted by their mission. It's an honor to support TWAS.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is an amazing refuge for wild animals who have been mistreated as entertainment and/or "pets". For 39 years, Pat Craig has been a champion for the animals and has remained true to the Mission of educating the public to the reality and rescue captive exotic and endangered large carnivores that have been abused and creating a space that is dedicated to these animals and to education - not entertainment. Sometimes TWAS management has had to make "unpopular" decisions to ensure the well being of the animals. He and the TWAS team work tirelessly creating specialized environments, feeding, vetting and recuing these deserving beings. It is my pleasure to donate to TWAS whenever my finances permit.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for several years and volunteered. The animal sanctuary has always lived up to its mission of rescuing and taking care of the animals

1 Christine H.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is an amazing sanctuary for all types of carnivores that have been kept in small cages, basements, garages, their whole lives. It takes a lot of caring humans to help rescue these beautiful animals, and they flourish after they come to TWAS. With all the right food, love, and attention they receive from their new caregivers (staff, volunteers and donors) they have a new lease on life. They now have wide open spaces where they can run and swim and be the animals like they've never been able to before.
These are the lucky ones.....there are still so many captive bred animals that are waiting to be rescued from the hell they are in now. We are trying to educate the public that it is not ok to keep a baby bear cub, or a lion or tiger cub.......these are not and never will be pets.
I have been volunteering for 11 years now. This IS the best carnivore sanctuary in the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a rescue and sanctuary like no other! They set the standard for what should be expected for captive wildlife, rescued from horrible conditions. Their raised walkway lets people see large carnivores living in large acreage habitats without being interfered with by human presence. This is how it should be for any captive wild animal, period. It's well worth the drive (and the cost) no matter where you come from. They provide lots of educational resources and the animal's care and well-being is always first and foremost. Volunteering there is also an incredible experience, a lot of work, but you get to learn more about the animal residents there, and it is so fulfilling after a long day on the walkway or in the nutrition center. It's a win-win. Everyone should donate or volunteer because this is a cause that deserves it. It is our duty to be caretakers of animals on this planet, the least we could do at this point is donate and give our time and efforts to a foundation that really puts animals first.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is my favorite place to visit. The vision that Pat Craig originally had, and the fortitude
to create this sanctuary, is beyond amazing. I have been a supporter for many years and have traveled to Colorado from California many times to witness this incredible refuge for these magnificent, mistreated animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary does amazing work providing a wonderful home for abused wild animals. The care and refuge they provide is so admirable.

Shirley T.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I I am always amazed at their experience, their tenacity, and their love. We should look to them as the barometer of all that we should do for our animals in for each other

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a beautiful place. It is a glorious safari off a major highway where these animals are gifted their freedom and love and the ultimate life. To see them sprawled out relaxing and popping out of hibernation and playing in water is just a delight. One of my favorite places in Colorado!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great organization doing great work for neglected and abused wild animals, including a wide variety of bears and large cats. My family have been to TWAS a number of times over the past 10 years and thoroughly enjoy seeing the magnificent animals getting a second chance in their expansive 10+ acre habitats. We are honored to be sponsoring one the bears residing at the facility.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is my favorite place to visit in Colorado. The animals have huge large acreage enclosures. They get great hands off care.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The care provided to the animal residents of the Wild Animal Sanctuary and the Wild Animal Refuge is second to none. Many of the animals living at the sanctuary arrive as a result of private owner confiscation. Anybody who thinks it's a good idea to "keep" an exotic animal as a pet, is surely lacking in empathy. These animals are not meant to be captive, living in cramped often squalid quarters... environments entirely inappropriate for their species . For those lucky enough to be rescued by the sanctuary, their holistic approach to animal care goes a long way to making amends for the harm done to them by other humans. Not only do these animals get top-notch veterinary care and high quality, abundant food, but they get enrichment, and carefully match companions of their own species. I cannot recommend this sanctuary highly enough. I would give it 100 stars if I could.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the most amazing place to see and support! I'm so grateful this organization exists for the animals in need of rescuing. Not only do they get a second chance at life, but they get to do it on a beautifully vast property where they have room to roam in privacy.

As an avid animal lover I'm so excited to share experiences with my three year old daughter at The Wild Animal Sanctuary, where she will be educated on the importance of responsible conservation and treatment of animals. We will never support the zoo so I feel very lucky to have this Sanctuary in my home state where we are able to visit throughout the year.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed The Wild Animal Sanctuary for years. I am thankful that this place exists to take care of so many animals that have been removed from abusive situations, shut down zoos and roadside attractions and private owners. Many of the animals that come to TWAS have never known what proper care and nutrition were. They thrive here and you can see them really come into their own once they feel safe. Most recently, animals from the well known Tiger King have found a new, safe and stable home at TWAS. Dillan, a bear that was living in a small enclosure at a so-called sportsman's club/gun range was obese from a horrible diet and suffered PTSD from the constant gun fire. He is losing weight, has a new friend and is safe and happy. Many, many other success stories here! TWAS truly is a gem, and I encourage you to donate to this wonderful Sanctuary and to visit as well!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the charity for many years now. I am based in Toronto Canada and went to Colorado just to visit the sanctuary ... my trip was worth it! Not only did I have the chance to see the beautiful animals rescued, I met wonderful volunteers absolutely passionate about their mission. It has been a fantastic experience and I am planning another trip to see the improvements that were made. Thank you so much to Pat and the team for their dedication to change the lives of these beautiful animals who deserve their freedom.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visiting the Wild Animal Sanctuary was my first "social outing" since the pandemic hit. It was the perfect place to visit. The Wild Animal Sanctuary is an absolutely remarkable feat of love and unceasing dedication to the welfare of animals who have been rescued from the most unbelievably horrific and years-long conditions of torture, inhumanity, and gravely misguided "ownership." Pat Craig is an incredible example of how much of a difference one human being can make to the lives of so many animals who are so desperately in need around the entire globe. The Wild Animal Sanctuary stretches out as far as the eye can see, with an emanation of peace and longed-for respite from every one of its magnificent animals who are now at last living in the safe, very well cared for, natural habitat that every creature deserves. Please support this most outstanding and hard-working nonprofit, and ensure its legacy lives on far into the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful home for large carnivores. I've followed them for over 20 years.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank goodness for this sanctuary. I wish I could donate much more. I am so looking forward to teaching about and taking my grandkids. I no longer go to zoos. These animals are treated as they should be...

Max S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is one of the most amazing organizations out there.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary couldn't be more different than a zoo. They rescue animals from the worst of situations and give them a place to live for the remainder of their lives. They have literally thousands of acres for these beautiful animals. I will continue to be a supporter.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The TWAS mission is so uplifting for animals that otherwise are without hope, and are living, many times, in horrific conditions.

Pat Craig and the TWAS team are the embodiment of what it means to be good stewards of these beautiful creatures.

I have supported them since my first visit, and encourage others to consider doing the same.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TWAS is the best non-profit I know taking care of animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been monthly donors for years. TWAS has always been upfront, transparent and forthcoming with how they spend their money and care for the beautiful creatures in their care. We consider it a privilege and honor to donate and have even included them in our wills.

Donor

Rating: 5

We are fortunate enough to live in Colorado, and close to The Wild Animal Sanctuary. We also are members and adopters of their animals. Thru their newsletters (extremely well written!) we always find out how their care and concern for animals around the world, leads to more and more rescues. Thank God for these selfless people, who are saving neglected, abused animals, one by one. The new "homes" and care they provide for these animals are beyond imagining. God Bless them, and may they continue to do their special work.

Donor

Rating: 5

They perform miracles for abused and neglected animals. They give the animals the next best thing to freedom (maybe better in some cases )

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Donor

Rating: 5

Stunning facility with happy, healthy animals❤️❤️ My mom has adopted several animals and I’m a monthly contributor. We take the whole family there as often as we can

5 Sandy H.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is amazing!! What they do for these suffering, abused and neglected animals is the most compassionate thing. They truly change the life for them. I have only visited the sanctuary a few times because I live out of state, but when I do make it back to Colorado it is on my list of places to go. If I lived there, I would definitely be a volunteer. I recommend this place for anyone who loves animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I can see where my money went every time I visit the sanctuary!

1 Angela Keyes S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Walking above these animals was really a life changing experience. It is a glimpse into what should be for these beautiful animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had the privilege of visiting in the summer of 2019 on a trip to see one of our adult children in Colorado. I have been to many sanctuaries in my life and I absolutely fell in love with this one. The care given to these rescued survivors is obvious. The fact that they now have a place to live out the rest of their lives in peace and comfort is a blessing. I hope to return soon and often. Thank you to all who have made this haven possible!

1 Julie F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Enjoyed the walk along the elevated walkways to see the lions, tigers and bears. Also saw the camels, wolves and foxes. Nice program to read and follow along during the walk, fun to learn about each animal that was rescued. Even their names are in the program and where they came from.

Donor

Rating: 5

They do an amazing job rehabbing animals that have been neglected and abused. I can’t wait for the opportunity to visit and show my children how animals should be treated.

1 Lina V.

Donor

Rating: 5

Such an amazing place! We stumbled upon it on the way to Denver. They do such an awesome job with their animals. I loved walking on the walkway, you can definitely tell that the animals were relaxed and not agitated like the would be at a zoo. They recently started a project of purchasing a huge number of acres in an undisclosed location in Colorado which should provide the animals the best chance to live a life like they would in the wild. I've been following their mission for 6 years now and I am so happy to see how they progress and how many animals they save.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was dreaming about visiting the Wild Animal Sanctuary all the way through the lock down as we try to go every summer. When things opened, we ventured out. I was so pleased to see the measures the staff had taken to ensure guests could safely enjoy the sanctuary. This is the only place I've ever heard a lion actually roar and I think that's because they're happy and comfortable. Thank you, WAS for all you do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing place!! I can’t even explain how amazing it is to see all these Animals free from the torture. My heart smiles when I think about how happy those animals are!!! Thank you you are HEROS ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have supported the Wild Animal Sanctuary since early in its existence. We shared a love of big cats and other wild carnivores and have been grateful for their efforts to help these animals live a life worth living. They aren't a zoo, but the public still has an opportunity to see a large variety of animals enjoying an, essentially, unfettered life.

With the opening of the Wild Animal Refuge in southern Colorado, the Wild Animal Sanctuary has added almost 10000 acres of territory for large carnivores that is as natural as humanly possible. I am a huge fan of their hard work and the joy they share with all.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is breath taking to see these animals living happy lives in nature and knowing that while you visit you aren’t causing them distress on top of the elevated walkway. All of the staff and volunteers work incredibly hard to care for these animals and it shows.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful mission and devoted employees and volunteers .