There is no other place like The Wild Animal Sanctuary. What makes this place so special is not just the animals that have been rescued from a variety of circumstances and locations, but also the people that work/volunteer there and devote their lives to helping save neglected, abused and/or abandoned exotic animals. The first concern is always for the well-being of the animals, but the Director, Pat Craig, knows the importance of educating the public on his plight to bring awareness to the captive wildlife crisis. No matter what my tasks are for the day, the positive energy and love for these animals is always present. More donations will only make this place a better place for animals to live out their lives.
I watched an episode on TV about a year and a half ago. Watching the way the family interacted with the cubs/animals touched my heart. Watching there little ones crawl around with dogs and cubs amazed me! I wanted to open my own sanctuary right there and then. Unfortunatley funds are not on my side. I know this piece of heaven in CO will remain a safe haven for many animals to come. --
I saw a TV commercial like 6 months ago and fell in love with the Sanctuary. I got on the computer to read more about it since I love animals. All types of animals. It broke my heart to read the sad stories that a lot of these animals carry with them. I cried,and then smiled to see that there is always a GOOD PERSON that will figure out a way to help abused animals; give them a second chance in life, and spread the word around so others can come to his support or better yet...to the survival of the animals. I then thought to myself "if I can spend ten dollars on a mascara or a magazine I could do the same to feed a small animal and help them survive". I believe that sometimes it is hard for people to commit to something, but once we do...it feels great to see that it is for a VERY GOOD CAUSE. Ten dollars or twenty are nothing if you think about it, because we spend it on candy or things we sometimes don't need, but for Sally it means helping her survive. I adopted Sally got my framed picture and 5 tickets to visit the sanctuary. I will be going this summer to visit the sanctuary, and meet a staff that are really working for the love of the animals. I am hoping that I can volunteer in the near future. We all have a good heart. A loving heart. So why not help the animals from the Wildlife Sanctuary live like they deserve it. In a peaceful environment, where nobody will abuse them any more, and where there is a good man trying to expand their habitat to bring more abused animals to be able to live in peace and make them feel like if they where at home.
When I was hospitalized on Thanksgiving weekend a few years ago, there was nothing to do but watch TV. That's when I saw Growing Up...Black Leopard, the story of Eddy & the Craig family. I fell in love with Eddy and watched the show over & over for months! I wanted to meet Eddy, so we planned a vacation to Colorado. I watched the show so many times I felt as if I knew the Craig family. Pat greeted us at the visitors center, along with a few dogs, and was happy to answer any questions we had. After a few minutes Pat said he needed to get back to the bears he had recently rescued. About a month after watching Eddy on Animal Planet I adopted him for a year. I also adopted his parents, Sam & Gina, for month. Sam & Gina know live at the San Antonio Zoo. I received a beautiful framed picture of Eddy, adoption certificates for each leopard & 5 passes to the sanctuary. I have since adopted other animals at the sanctuary as gifts for people. I have signed up for iGive & Giveness and designated the sanctuary as my cause; my daughter & I both use iSearchiGive as our search engine so the sanctuary recieves $0.02 per search. I've also gotten other friend & family members to donate and show Eddy's video to everyone I know. This is an unbelivable place and the Craigs are an amazing family! They deserve all the support we can give. I wish I could give more or lived closer so I could volunteer.
I am a donor& a visitor@the Sanctuary. I became aware of the Sanctuary about 3 years ago and am amazed at the wonderful things they do and the great feats they have accomplished. Yearly, I organize a family&friends;trip there and every time we visit I am continously humbled by the great people/volunteers they have there. They Sanctuary truly is an amazing place.
I am a donor and visitor. I became really involved when it looked like the Sanctuary was in danger of closing. There are simply no other facilities that accept all the types of animals that the Sanctuary accepts, so I simply couldn't stand by without trying to help. I've had a chance to meet Pat and the staff and they are incredibly caring people.
We first learned about your Conservation Center by watching the documentary on the black leaopard. My daughter is infatuated with with wild cats and she asked that our next family vacation would be to visit your center. She wants to become a veterinarian and we agreed. The experience was like no other. To see the animals up close and in a natural setting was breath taking. In addition, the staff and volunteers were very knowledgable and helpful when addressing our questions. We live in NM and have not been able to revisit, but my daughter plans to attend college in CO and wants to become a volunteer in the near future.
we feel in love with the consevation so much that we now sponser a lioness on a monthly bases. it was great to be able the animals in a natural setting.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary is one of the most moving and inspiring non-profit organizations!! The spirit of the animals and the generosity of Pat Craig and his staff is simply humbling - and an incredible reminder of what is truly important on this planet. We must all remember to respect each other, this wonderful planet that we have been given - and the truly incredible creatures that contribute to a rich and fullfilling experience!! It is heartbreaking how selfish and disrespectful some people are when it comes to animals. And it organizations like the Wild Animal Sanctuary who help create awareness of the horrible issues of abuse, mistreatment and general disrespect that exist regarding some of our most precious gifts. Thank you to Pat Craig and his staff - for the work that they do to selflessly save these animals, educate the world and develop a culture of long-term sustainability!! Every thing that they do generates hope and inspiration for a better future. And because of this, The Wild Animal Sanctuary is truly one of the most special organizations on the planet!!
Everyone at the Sanctuary loves all of the animals and care for them with all their hearts as they are their own. It isnt like a zoo, its the home of the animals. It tugs on my heart every time I went there. To the the beasutful animals and how they are taken care of and the stories behind how they got there. Pat and Tony are Saints. I wish I could have given more. God Bless all that help and care.
From the very first visit to the Sanctuary, I was in love with each and every beautiful animal they are saving. Each of their stories would make sad, mad and bring a tear to your eye. And then you realize that they are the lucky ones who Pat Craig and his family and staff have devoted their life to protecting and saving. They not only save the animals they can but they fight to change laws to prevent the cruelty and inhumane treatment to these wild creatures. My first visit I adopted Shoshone, the white wolf who greets everyone as you come into the Sanctuary. So I make a monthly donation to help provide her with the best she can have. Because that is what she and all of her wild family receive at the Sanctuary. So with extra funding The Sanctuary would be able to buy more land and rescue more of these magnificent animals. I love Pat Craigs motto, "Saving one Animal may not Change the World... But Surely - For that one Animal... The World will Change Forever!" That's what The Wild Animal Sanctuary is all about.
I read about the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Reader's Digest and couldn't wait to visit the sanctuary one day. So my husband and I went to the sanctuary on my Birthday last year, and we were amazed! They have the best location for a sanctuary and it shows in everyone how much they care for the animals. They are treated like family and so are their guests. Pat Craig and his staff work very hard to ensure the animals receive the best care possible. And they work with the community in raising awareness of the situation. I recommend to everyone I know that they should visit the sanctuary and see for themselves what a terrific place it is. And I will continue to make regular visits myself. Hats off to Pat Craig and his staff in following a dream and making a difference in all of these fabulous animals' lives.
As first a visitor and now a volunteer, The Wild Animal Sanctuary has become a very special part of my life. The animals that are saved from horrible conditions now live a life filled with love and outstanding care. They will live out their days with kindness, food, and great care. Visitors are treated to a view of these magnificent animals and can see the love that surrounds the Sanctuary family.
I tell my friends all the time how wonderful and beautiful this place is but the only way that you can capture the real beauty of it is by coming through its doors and see it for yourself. Only then you can really see how happy these animals are. You can see it in their eyes and in the way they walk around the land with pride and somehow with dignity. The Staff is so kind and their knowledge about their organization is so amazing that there is no question about how much they love their job and the animals. I give the Wild Animal Sanctuary of Colorado big thumbs up for all their wonderful job, their years of hard work and the difference that they are making in this world. This is what life is about, about making a difference especially to those who can’t speak for themselves.
excelent place to visit .its good to see that they are taking care of the animals.its a very worthy cause and still needs help. the animals are healthy and well taken care of.
I have been a donor for 7 years. Having first started by collecting printer cartridges from large corporations and exchanging them for cash for donations, now a monthly donor. I visited the first time before it was open to the public and I've never been more impressed with the care of animals or dedication of staff. This is my favorite rescue operation and has inspired me to open a small animal rescue when I retire. This is the most amazing place you will ever see. If you have the chance to visit, you must. But if you never get here, be assured it does even MORE than it says it does. It couldn't all be covered in a single monthly/quarterly newsletter. AMAZING WORK!!
My wife & I have visited many times & are always impressed with the extent to which the volunteers maintain and continue to expand the facilities. To see all these previously abused wild animals at last living a good life is indeed heart warming. And the staff continues to rescue more unfortunate animals.
Excellent staff dedicated to saving and providing a haven for abused/discarded exotic and wild animals. Highly commend and support their sanctuary.
My husband and I visited the Conversation Center this past September. It was AMAZING!!! There are so many beautiful animals and the people were wonderful. It was an experience we will not soon forget.
I had a wonderful experience at the Wildlife Sanctuary. It was great to see all those animals so well taken care of, with so much room to roam and socialize. I was also educated about just how large the exotic pet trade problem is, I had no idea.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary (aka Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center) truly shines. I have been a volunteer there since October 2009. The staff are extremely dedicated--they know all the animals by name-- and the animals are very well cared for. Pat, the founder, is a pioneer-- tigers actually live together in large open spaces. Typically tigers are loners but here they are socialized into families. That way they can live in a large open space together rather than individual cages separately. That kind of brilliance and innovation are required when you have a big problem (ie, lots of tigers in captivity), small space (around 300 acres), and limited resources (it costs around $8k a year to feed a tiger). This is one of the largest homes for predators in captivity in the US where the animals are not on display for humans--they can have their own life. There's nothing better that Pat would like than to be out of business because people stopped trafficking wild animals. But until that day, we are all so blessed that he has been going strong for 30 years and will continue as long as one animal needs him.
My sister and I love the Wildlife Center. The animals are really taken care of. I donate my money through my workplace. I take as much information as I can to everyone at work so they will know what a wonderful organization this is!
Pat is a great guy and I really appreciated him taking the time out of his day to show me and a few of my fellow students a tour of the facility. Each animal responds to him and knows who he is. To me that is incredible. I hope to do something as great as he has and is doing, someday. The facility is very well kept and organized, and what I think is great is how he psychologically (so to speak) evaluates the tigers and pairs them together so they have friends :)
My daughter and I visited the Wildlife Conservation Center for the first time this summer and fell in love instantly!!! We hope to be able to visit several more times this summer and show our friends the amazing work that they do there. We love animals and are so greatful to them for all they do! Thank you Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center!
We simply visit when we can and donate what we are able. If we lived nearby we would be regular volunteers. To see so many abused animals brought back to health and living happy lives is inspiring. Sadly, there is a need for more such facilities around the country, for more public awareness about the need t stop abuses, and funding funding funding to make it all happen.
I fell IN LOVE with Wild Animal sanctuary a couple of years ago. I decided to sponsor Gala, the lion cub who was born in captivity to Yuma & Elsa, and have done some volunteer work out there. It was because of the Wild Animal Sanctuary that these three, an entire family, is alive today. Without Pat Craig and his team, all three would be dead. I have 8 pictures of them plastered on one wall of my dining area. I get to see their faces everyday. I love Gala as if she were my own. I make purchases from the gift store at Christmas time to give to friends, and I go out to see Gala, when I get a chance, since I live in Denver. I am astounded at the work this organization does, and the wonderful people who support them. There is a special place in heaven for all of them. The success stories go on and on and I cannot say enough. It's all good, and all these animals, whether they know it or not, each one gets to "come home" when they finally get to the Wild Animal Sanctuary. I wish I had a million dollars to give to you. I'd do it in a heart beat! Rebekah Levi
my father worked for the local power company in the RMWC area, since i was little it was a dream to see a tiger up close. I never thought my dream would come true as i got older, till my dad met pat craig.Pat let us come by and My son (9 months at the time)was even invited!!the stories, the lessons, and the veiws RMWC provide fufilled my dream and has grabed my sons intrest about wild animals. It is the most cleanest, wide open space i have ever seen these animals in other the there natural home. Pat has givin his life to these animals, and for that i feel everyone should know about the RMWC..oh and when i say other animals, he even has animals i never have even heard of at times!!! please spread the word i know every one i have told goes and always comes back wanting to go again.
I have been a donor since the first time eddie air on tv.What they do touched my heart in so many way I follow them from pa. every month.I donate what I can. I have never seen a center come so close to the real natural habitat that the animals live in.They have so much space and are so well taken care of. Pat and crew need all the resources to continue their wonderful work.
What a wonderful place for those creatures that need help! I love to donate to this place as I know the $$$ go to do so much good:)
I made a visit once, for an activity for my toddler, that turned me into a volunteer. With over 200 animals, incredible rescue stories and a dedicated group of people, we make a huge difference in these animals lives. I cannot tell you the satisfaction of eating my lunch while watching Lightening or Eddy sun themselves, hearing Masai roar over his pride, watching Meeka play ball or watching a tiger swim in 40 degree weather because he likes the water. These animals are happy, content, relaxed and enjoying every bit of life they have. Imagine having a passion such as Pat's becoming so contageous his few staff members also share that passion and then it infects us volunteers. This place is the best!
This sanctuary has enormously helped GEPDA, a Mexican animal rescue organization. Without their help, Elsa, Yuma and Gala --the circus lion family-- and other lions such as Kobu would have continued living under abusive conditions and would have probably died by now. Their help is invaluable in providing assistance to rescuing these animals, transporting them and providing them with a new home.
UNBELIEVABLE that anyone would be able to save all of these animals. Without a program such as this, these animals would be left to suffer in horrific conditions. Pat Craig and his team are unbelievable....they have done what others only dream of. We need to continue to support the Center, and help to make the lives of the many rescue animals wonderful. It is a fantastic place to learn about the animals and to watch them play and roam. Thank you again for providing such a wonderful facility.
From all indications this is an organization that is going to be able to sustain itself, while still growing, for years to come. The Board seems forward thinking, the organization makes its priorities clear not only in writing but in practice, and the message is clear. This is not a zoo by any means and that makes it very endearing to its supporters.
I have been a financial supporter and a Animal Adoptive parent for 4 years now, ever since I saw the shelter on the local news, they needed money to help feed the beautiful animals. I love the 'big cats', and was so excited to be able to see them up close and watch the tigers play in their cement pond, once when I was there Pat came to the tiger area and turned on the water for the tigers, they ran up to the fence and were so happy to see him,it was apparent that both love each other very much. Every year I 'adopt' a lion, and they send me a beautiful framed picture of my 'son', my current 'son' is a baby lion, "Sampson" was rescued from a person in another state who illegally kept its Mom and Dad in a horse trailer! OMG! Lions in a trailer! Pat finally got them to the shelter and its awesome to see them roam free and roll in the dirt. When you adopt a animal (some as little as $15 a month, what a deal!) you are sent passes for free visits, I give them to my friends hoping that they will fall in love with the shelter like I have, if I had more money I would donate it to them, they could help so many more!
In driving up and down I-76, I saw a billboard advertising Wild Animal Sanctuary. A couple of months later, I finally got to go there with my husband. Upon entering the Sanctuary, we were greeted by actual live bears in the "wild". I knew then and there, this was going to be a wonderful experience. Just seeing those bears, and not behind bars in the zoo. We pulled into the parking lot, and went inside the gift/ticket sales store, where we were very pleasantly greeted by a very knowledgeable volunteer. She explained what we would see, feel, and hear. She walked up with us to the top point of the walkway, commenting on this tiger, or that tiger, and their tiger stories along the way. After arriving at the top, she left us to enjoy the wonderful kingdom of the Animal Sanctuary. We could of stayed forever there. We were also in the company of one of the AS dogs. Which made the experience even more better. Then, we came back down the walkway, once more marveling at the animals, and when we got down to the entrance, we went on top of the building for a rival look at the opposite end of the walkway. This time, viewing the wolves, more bears, more tigers and an emu. To see all the work that it takes to run such a magnificent place for animals in their condition, was truly amazing and I applaud the owner, workers, volunteers for all their HARD work they do to make the Animal Sanctuary an enriching experience.
A wonderful and successful endeavor to save animals, with intelligence and compassion. It is necessary to provide more of these types of facilities all over the world.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary drove from CO to Ohio to rescue at least eight bears being kept in horrid, abusive conditions near my hometown. I was just amazed that someone would do this.......drive all that way, the expense, and above all the caring........these bears had lived in their little hell for years and no one could do a thing about it. Finally..........TWAS to the rescue! I'll never foget this.
I have followed TWAS for about a year or so which was when I first saw them on TV. I felt I had to find more information on TWAS and what they accomplished. I was so taken by the goals and accomplishments that I knew I had to support their needs. I can only support them with donations but they have my spirit with them. Their feats of saving and rescuing animals from cruelty nationwide is amazing and greatly appreciated.
I was the very first college intern ever at RHMCC nearly 10 years ago and was so hooked that I stayed on as a volunteer. At that time RMWCC was much small in scale so much that I could just about care for all the animals myself in one day. I've seen this organization grow in leaps and bounds and have seen it make the differance in countless animals lives, RMWCC has also made a huge impact on my life. This is an organization that deeply cares for the animals in their care and those that will some day call RMWCC their home. These are some of the luckiest animals on the planet as RMWCC provides the best possible care to their animals. I hope to one day to involve my family in RMWCC by helping to contribute to the great work they do!
I have visited the center twice and plan to return at least 2-3 times a year. The place is magical. It is clean and well taken care of. It is amazing to walk above the large cats. It takes my breath away to look out into the large meadows and see lions and tigers and bears (oh my!) wandering freely, or to watch the tigers swimming in the large pool. The animals appear well cared for, happy, and stress free. I think they know they have found their final home, a safe place to live out their lives. The staff are all knowledgeble and friendly. My last trip I stayed till dusk, and to hear the roar of the lions and wolves howling gave me goose bumps. It is obvious that Pat and all the volunteers love what they do and are committed to giving these animals a wonderful life, rescuing many from the brink of death.
There is nothing like this refuge for rescued exotic animals. The Wild Animal Sanctuary has been my favorite charity ever since I first heard about their work. It's inspiring and saving the lives of abused animals in ways that make an amazing difference.
I was part of a group that took a tour of the Center in the summer of 2009. I was impressed with the cleanliness of the facility when you consider the number and types of animals that are housed there. We were greeted warmly, and any and all questions were answered openly. I was most impressed with the fact that both the loins and the wolves put on a "howl" just about sundown. Although this is normal habit in the wild, this is not common in captivity. This is ample proof that the animals are not only well treated, but truly feel "at home" in the Sanctuary.
The staff goes out of their way to explain the wonders of the animals they have saved. They have films and overhead ramps where you can see first hand the animals in their natural habitat. Their dedication is an inspiration to all who visit the sanctuary .
This place is absolutely the finest. I first came in contact with it when I saw the story about "Eddy, the black leopard" which they hand raised. When I went to Colorado to vist my son, I drove all the way to this sanctuary to see the animals. They save animals from torture, where they may have been in tiny cages, or malnourished, or cold, just to name a few reasons. They give these animals a new lease on life. You can see how happy and content the animals are at this center.
We have visited this site with our two grandsons. It is a place for teaching the next generation about wildlife, conservation, and the value of volunteering.
This is truely a wonderful place to experience,after one visit you will never forget it...and once won't be enough. The care and the love you will find at the Sanctuary for abused animals is incredible. You don't just "see" animals here, you experience them, you learn. The stories of the beautiful creatures here,the extent of the work that Pat Craig and his staff will go through to bring them to safety and give them back their quality of life is incredible. I live too far to volunteer here,so I volunteer at a cat shelter near me. A visit to the Sanctuary will change how you think forever.
This sanctuary is SO important to wildlife rescue. Without Pat's dedication and his outstanding team of employees and volunteers, we would not have a safe place for these abused animals. My family and I participate in the adoption program - we are lifetime "adopters". The care, respect and compassion given to EACH animal at the sanctuary is above and beyond anything we have ever observed. This is their safe haven. Anyone who offers help - in any form - to this organzation is an angel!
I first visited The Wild Animal Sanctuary in July 2009. When I first arrived I was hooked. It was a hot day and watching the tigers play in the water, some looked like they were lounging in hot tubs, made me smile and laugh. Then reading and hearing their stories my heart went out to them. I decided right then that I wanted to volunteer my time to help out these amazing animals and the staff with all the hard work they do. I started volunteering in Sept of 09 and have been out there every week since. It has been a life changing experience. I have been able to look in the eyes of these animals and I am amazed at the looks of love they give in return. It makes every day worth it when you get a thank you from the animals. TWAS have become a very specail place to me and has stolen a piece of my heart. It has even captured my families attention and can not think of a better place to be a part of. It is truely a place that is like no other and have recommended it to many many people! I can not wait to see what the future holds but i know if Pat has any hand in it the looks bright for everyone at TWAS! THANK YOU Pat and Staff!
Wonderful animal sanctuary. Their care & concern for the animals is outstanding. While they let the public view the large animals, it is clear that the design of the center is to offer the lions, tigers, bears, etc. the most comfort and natural settings. If you are a large animal advocate, I can't think of a better non-profit to donate your money to!
I am a supporter of the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center - and for good reason - the work they are doing for these precious animals is phenomenal - from rehabilitation to housing - I was very impressed with the cleanliness and layout of the sanctuary, especially the Tiger Roundhouse. Each animal is cared for and treated with the love and kindness that they deserve. I highly recommend visiting and sponsoring this great facility.