This is not just any place, this place is special, as soon as you talk to a volunteer at TWAS, they can tell you stories of the animals, instantly you feel the love and compassion for these abused animals, but so happy they are at this sanctuary, that provides open spaces, quality food and vet care. Pat Craig and everyone that is involved at TWAS is passionate and "on mission", and "an advocate" for these animals. I watch the stories and rescues play on a big screen tv, sometimes it's painful to know the animal's story before being rescued, but these determined people of TWAS focus and get the job done, no matter how long it takes, and once they are at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, they have at last made it to heaven on earth! It's a beautiful thing, when the best efforts are carried out in the best interest of each of these creatures. I've never seen such a large operation run like this before. All of their work and efforts are for the animals. They take extra measures to make sure of the comfort and well-being of the animals, I appreciate this. Love this place! TWAS is a model for passion and compassion. What place gets volunteers from far far away to give of their time and energy for free? People love to be a part of something that is right and good, and we love TWAS!
The Wild Animal Sanctuary's heart has always been about the welfare of the animals. The open space of natural habitat with caves underground for hibernation. The right food and excellent Vet care are provided lovingly. The rules are stated before someone visits to ensure safety and well-being of these beautiful wild carnivores. The high walkways are to not disturb or scare the animals. I know TWAS would love to keep these gorgeous animals in the wild, but because there are zoos, circuses and individuals who abuse and neglect them, this is their passion, to do the best they can to save all the wild animals from sometimes near death situations, and bring them to a better life at The Wild Animal Sanctuary! Love this place, I sponsor Eva, she was a baby bear when she came to TWAS, love to watch her splash and play in the water with her friend Marly. Anyone who visits will see the quality care and happy animals roaming free, and the volunteers are happy and eager to answer questions and tell you stories of how the animals came to TWAS. An incredible and educational experience for your kids too!
I truly believe The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the best nonprofit in the United States and maybe the world. The work it does to rescue animals is unprecedented. On top of that, the animals get a new home in which they can behave as in the wild, yet they are so well cared for with diet, nutrition and vet care! Our entire family loves visiting.
I am so impressed with what The Wild Animal Sanctuary does for captive wildlife!! Thank you for taking such great care of these animals!!
I visited TWAS for the first time in April of 2018. I was immediately overwhelmed by the work they were doing to save these wild animals. As a rescue volunteer myself for a labrador retriever rescue group, I was impressed with the details and dedication this group has for the animals. I immediately became a monthly donor. I wish I lived in Colorado so I could volunteer and give my time to help these beautiful animals. I can't wait to come back this year and attend the dinner.
This was one of the coolest placed I've ever been! I'm so thankful that the sanctuary exists and is saving/bettering the lives of what are supposed to be wild animals. The volunteers and employees are obviously so passionate about what they do. The walkway is so creative and a non-invasive way to view the animals. Not to mention how safe it is. Loved my time here!!
This is an incredible organization that does even more incredible things for animals. They are good stewards of their donations and are very transparent.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary provides a heavenly new life to captive wild animals existing in hopeless, hellish circumstances. The Sanctuary provides immense expansive free roaming habitats that allow animals to thrive and live out the rest of their lives knowing compassion and contentment.
It is just a beautiful place, so peaceful. The animals are well taken care and allowed to live out their lives in wonderful environment.
The first time that I went to the sanctuary, I was so impressed. I found out a week or two later there was a chance that it might close. I adopted two animals and I have never been sorry that I did. In the years since the sanctuary has grown quickly but it has not lost sight of their main mission, giving wild animals that had no place else to go, a home. The animals are cared for and not expected to do anything but live out their lives in wonderful surrounding. I can not say enough good things about the sanctuary. I love to go out there just to see the animals and watch as they play, sleep, eat and everything else that an animal should do plus they are in wide open habitates and not cramped cages.
We love visiting the animals at the sanctuary and believe in their important work. They main concern is for the animals that end up in their care. Love them!
Amazing work they do for these animals. These animals have never had a chance to live a normal free life and now they have as close of a chance to that as they can
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.
If you care about animals, this place is amazing. Not a zoo but a sanctuary for animals who have been mistreated by selfish ignorant humans. I love seeing these wonderful animals and know that my visit isn't distressing to them. You see them in natural habitats. Remember, before they were rescued, these animals have been mistreated by humans all their lives. I support TWAS financially. Pat Craig and his team are angels.
I've been a supporter of Pat Craig and his team at The Wild Animal Sanctuary for several years. It is gratifying to be associated with such an organization, dedicated to caring for those who cannot speak for themselves - victims of the growing worldwide Captive Wildlife Crisis - and providing a permanent home for these magnificent animals. I'm looking forward to continuing my association with TWAS as it enters its next phase, establishing the 9,000-acre Wild Animal Refuge in order to serve even more animals.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary is such a necessity in the Rescue of captive wildlife around the world. TWAS is dedicated to rescue, education, providing excellent nutrition and health care for all their animals. All animals are placed in large animal enclosures some putting their feet in the grass for the first time.
With an amazingly skilled executive team this non-profit has definitely made sure that the Sanctuary is financially stable and their goals for property, wildlife care are sustainable for future generations.
Each and every time I go to the sanctuary, I am in awe of the amazing job these loving people do for these animals. All of them have a heart of gold.
I live about an hour's drive from TWAS. This sanctuary is the real deal, staffed by the most caring people I've ever met. I go there at least monthly, taking friends and family almost every time, because the mission is paramount, educating people is crucial, and I want folks to see exactly how a rescue organization should be run. The animals are at the top of everyone's priority here, their comfort and care, all geared to their backgrounds, needs and personalities. I willingly and happily give TWAS whatever monies I have extra, whether to give vet care to the animals or help to purchase the land for the Refuge.
This is a place is the most incredible place around Colorado. You can see in the eyes of these rescued animals that they have found a safe place to just be. The dedication of Pat, the employees and that volunteers is incredible. The animals can't live in the wild and many have been abused and had lived in a limited space for many years. They are well taken care of here and have more quality of life than they have ever experienced in their prior lives. There are vets on site. The upper walkways allow the animals to be experienced by people without feeling intruded upon. I simple love this place. They are continually working here to make life better for these beautiful animals. GOD bless them
The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a must-see! The animals here appear to be very well cared for, and each one has its own rescue story that leaves you proud that a nonprofit like this exists. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and helpful and truly care about the animals that live here.
Amazing rescue and caring group. I used to live 20 miles from here and have watched the growth over the years. Animal habitats are perfect for THEM and viewing from above reduces stress. 5 stars for sure
Fantastic charity primarily devoted to large carnivores, saving the lives of animals in need and giving them a great place to live, many of these animals have been severely mistreated.
TWAS continues to grow and increase its ability to take care of some of the world's neglected, abused and injured animals . The good people there continue to follow their motto, every day and never lose sight of their goals. If you haven't taken the opportunity to visit this facility, whether you be a visitor or a local, this is the one to see, enjoy and learn from. Mother's Day is coming, why not plan a trip then?
The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the most wonderful place in the world! The animals are not only well cared for, they are truly loved. This is the best and most honest non-profit organization to support.
So many memories of this amazing place and it's creator. It's a learning environment, not a zoo. Many groups have been welcomed here. School groups, handicapped individuals and so many more. God bless those individuals who literally give their lives to helping these animals.
wonderful, outstanding, caring people make this place a reality, from their fabulous director to the volunteers and donors that just don't quit giving. The only $ important here is the one to take care of the animals and give them the best life possible. Every visit has been a joy. I have visted many times and watched the facility grow. I am in constant amazement.
Our family loves visiting the Wild Animal Sanctuary! This organization is continuously working on improvements to fulfill and enrich the lives of the rescued animals in their care. Walking high above the animals, you can observe their worry-free life as they nap in the daytime or walk around and play with their enrichment objects. Highly recommend anyone visiting Colorado to stop by and support them.
Thank you for all you do!
The Wild Animal Sanctuary provides excellent care for wild animals who would otherwise continue to suffer in horrendous captive conditions. We began supporting TWAS as soon as we became aware of the valuable service they provide. We have two adopted animals that we come from Georgia to visit every year and continue to be impressed by the number and variety of animals rescued, as well as the beautiful habitats TWAS continues to build and provide.
Our family discovered this sanctuary several years ago and were so impressed by the way the rescued animals were treated, that we have been donors ever since! In fact we have become founding members of the new Refuge in southern Colorado!
The Wild Animal Sanctuary is such a wonderful nonprofit! They rescue captive wildlife from bad situations. These are mostly Apex predators that have been neglected in various situations and since they have always been in captivity can't be released to the Wild. They are brought to this wonderful facility, nursed back to health and given large habitats to roam free. There are water features for them to play in, massive underground dens for them to retreat to and lots of room to stretch their legs. The public is allowed to visit for a reasonable fee + donation and walk along a 3 mile round trip skyway walk. This is built probably 30' in the air above the habitats so that the animals don't feel threatened or disturbed. It is such a wonderful organization and fabulous place to visit.
We have been supporters of this agency since 2004. In terms of animal care they understand what makes for the well being of the animals in the Sanctuary and the personnel are deeply committed to the best appropriate care possible. In terms of their educational mission on the captive wildlife crisis they take every opportunity to share with individuals and groups with whom they have contact. They have also leveraged both traditional and social media to extend their outreach. In terms of management their commitment to financial transparency and accountability is well documented and ongoing.
We have visited and donated to TWAS for over 20 years, and hopefully will continue to for many more. We are glad to do our part in supporting a place that is devoted to improving the lives of animals that had been exploited for much of their lives.
TWAS main goal is to rescue wild animals, but they also do so much to educate the public on the plights of these captive animals, and the reasons they need to be rescued. Many come to the sanctuary in very poor health, and the medical staff at TWAS provides expert care to bring them back to health.
It is a wonderful place!
No place in the world like it! I spend days there admiring the rescued animals at peace in their enormous enclosures. They have had horrifying lives before being saved by The Wild Animal Sanctuary. Pat Craig has devoted his entire life to rescuing, medically treating and providing a home for (mostly) large carnivores. They are free to live the rest their lives in peace, while being fed proper diets and provided with shelter from any harsh environment.
I travel from California to Colorado with visiting TWAS as my #1 goal. If you read about the history of the abused animals that live there, you can’t help but be amazed at their lives now.....so calm, well-fed and taken care of. Pat Craig’s life IS The Wild Animal Sanctuary and he’s passed that passion on to his family, staff and all the volunteers. That same passion is contagious.....I can’t be there to volunteer, but I do send a little something every month and every now and then pick up something on their wishlist along with shopping through smile.amazon, so Amazon will send a donation on my behalf.....it makes me feel good to know I’m helping in some small way to protect those precious animals.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a safe haven to numerous exotic animals including those that were surrendered and those that were mistreated and living in inhumane conditions. I love visiting TWAS and seeing all the beautiful animals thriving with so much room to roam. Thank you TWAS!!! I will be a forever donor to this great organization!!!
The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Pay Craig and his entire team work tirelessly to ensure quality care for all the animals in their care. The treat their supporters with the greatest respect, while using the monies, and in kind donations wisely.
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.
Words will not do this place justice. You have heard that a million times but it is true. I spent over half a day at the sanctuary and had the pleasure of being there about an hour prior to close. After learning more than I could have imagined from each volunteer I met along the way, find Sally - she is WONDERFUL - I was walking the boardwalk back to the main building and wolves began to howl, lions roared... it felt surreal. You hear these things on tv but not quite the same as experiencing in real life. This was just one highlight.
Learning about individual animals, how they came to the sanctuary and all of the efforts that are being taken to keep it 'wild' there - inspiring. Inspiring is an understatement.
The website is beautiful and an accurate depiction of the sanctuary but the real beauty is seeing animals run, lay, soak up sunshine - on theie time, how they choose.
This place is worth a visit. Worth your donations. They are doing wonderful things. It IS about the animals here.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary is incredible, they undo unimaginable horrors that have been done to innocent, majestic animals. Their work is critical, their dedication like no other. The environments they create for the animals are beautiful and natural, the animals are healthy, happy,and loved. The facilities are educational and amazing.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary is an outstanding organization. They are very clear in their mission to not only rescue animals in dire need but to educate the public. This is a dedicated group - always professional and compassionate. I'll continue to support their work both financially and through participation in their community events.
This facility just continues to be a great success and does very important work for exotic animals in need!
Most amazing place and the owner is outstanding. I grew up in boulder with the owner and watched him start this from the start
I have been taking my family to the wild animal sanctuary for 5 years and will continue to go for years to come. Not only is it fun, it's also incredibly educational. The animals there look so happy and content, so different from how they look in zoos. The work the sanctuary does is necessary and life saving for these animals. My daughters and I love going there and are thrilled about the new location. This is such a good thing for the animals. Jackie Medley
I love what they are doing here, saving the lives of wild animals, giving them the space they deserve! Keep up the good work!
I had the pleasure of visiting the sanctuary and it was the first time I have seen a tiger in person and was able to smile. All of the animals have a lot of space and they all were behaving as would be expected in the wild. Their needs are clearly put first as they should be. All facilities that have wild animals should mirror the wild animal sanctuary. It teaches respect for other creatures and you get to see them as they should be.
Great organization! Their goals are for the animals, always. It's inspiring to read about their rescues. But they are not just concerned about rescues but also spreading the word on wild animal captivity crisis. Keep up the great work!!!!
TWAS always puts the needs of the rescued animals above everything else. I always know my donations go to the animals.
I have had the privilege of volunteering with TWAS for almost 5 years now. I do say privilege as I get as much from the animals each time I volunteer as I hopefully provide to TWAS visitors. Prior to volunteering here and continuing I support them financially as this sanctuary makes such a difference in the lives of so many beautiful animals. There is nothing to compare to the afternoon symphony of lion roar's, wolf howls, and tiger chuffs to make a person feel very small in this world. Every time I am at the Sanctuary I learn something new and increase my respect for this incredible place.
What work could be more important than saving lives? The Wild Animal Sanctuary is true to its mission in every way, saving wild animals from abusive captive situations, and returning them to wide-open spaces where they can be themselves and fulfill their nature. The people who work with and for The Wild Animal Sanctuary believe so much in its mission, they know every rescued animal by name and unique personality. This Sanctuary is a slice of paradise on Earth for the animals that never before knew the true feeling of freedom. Now, they do.
I am awed by The Wild Animal Sanctuary's diligent attention to their mission statement. They are doing wonderful things and go above and beyond to educate the community, advocate for so many precious animals and provide a safe and spacious environment for wild animals to enjoy their lives.
Amazing place! Beautiful sanctuary full of animals rescued from horrible situations.
Our organization, which serves special needs adults, has experienced discrimination and unfair treatment at TWSA. We spent over $2000 last year on memberships, food, posters and a donation to the new land project. We routinely bring 10-12 people out to the keensburg facility. They enjoy watching the animals and learning their stories and seeing them live a new freedom.
We were asked bythe executive director not to bring 2 individuals who could not walk out on the bridge because they were not " learning about animals in captivity" There are no signs listed that limit time in the main building nor is this part of the membership agreement. He also stated that the Wild dogs in the atrium might bite them.
These individuals are part of our Community and were supervised at all times. They were not bothering anyone but The ED determined in his fine judgement that the entire group will no longer be able to attend. This is a discriminatory and ignorant decision.
It will be a long time before we give money to another animal rescue.
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My husband and I have been financial sponsors for many years and have the honor of being volunteers now. It's wonderful and amazing how well these animals are taken care of. The visitors that I have spoken with always have praising things to say about the sanctuary.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary rescues large animals from abusive situations. Bears, lions, mountain lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, wolves, fox, emus, ostrich, even horses are now living in ease after tragic beginnings. Large enclosures allow them to stretch their legs whenever they want. Although it would be better to live in the wild, many of these animals were stripped of their natural defenses during early captivity. The Sanctuary gives the bears and tigers water to play in and the cats structures to climb. Approximately 500 animals call the Sanctuary home. You can see them from an elevated walkway that runs about 1 1/2 miles.
Beautiful sanctuary located right in our own backyard. (Denver) I was lucky enough to share the experience with my two sisters visiting from two different states and it was a day we will cherish together always. Thank you for what you do
I have been blessed to be able to visit the sanctuary a few times and am always left with pure amazement of the love and compassion these people put into creating a wild, Free and safe place for these beautiful animals. Truly an inspiring place
Greatest Sanctuary in the World!! The animals that they rescue have the best care, love and habitat available. They truly do always put the animals first!!
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.
This is such an amazing non-profit to visit. I cannot believe the sad stories of their animals & how they have suffered too much. The Wild Animal Sanctuary goes to such effort to rescue, build new habitats & care for these unfortunate animals. I have friends coming to Denver & this is where I plan to take them. What this organization has done is noteworthy.
I have been here 3 times during visits to our daughter and son-in-law. I am always amazed and grateful for everything they do for the animals. I will visit again. This is a unique concept that considers the animals first, when it comes to visitors observing them from above. Thank you to all who make the animals comfortable and safe.
I'm not sure I have the words to explain how much I love TWAS. It is my sanctuary, my therapy, my favorite place on the planet for the past 20 years. My family and I spend as much time there as possible. Whatever you do put a visit to the sanctuary on the "to do" list.
I am a major animal lover who is in the early stages of establishing a sanctuary for homeless dogs, and I was studying sanctuaries a handful of years ago to get ideas when I came across The Wild Animal Sanctuary and I was amazed at the quality of life these animals receive. I absolutely love their large-acreage habitat model and watching videos of how wide open spaces, amazing enrichment, and the company of others of their own kind heals these animals physically, mentally and emotionally. This place is heaven on earth for innocent animals who have been rescued from terrible situations. The Wild Animal Sanctuary does a great job educating the public about the captive wildlife crisis and the magnitude and severity of the problem. They also give the animals world class veterinary care and will do anything and everything in their power to give every animal they take in the very best life possible. I wrote the founder, Pat Craig, a letter and he was kind enough to take the time to write back to me and wish me the best in my rescue work. It made my day! I cannot say enough great things about this sanctuary. They bring out the best in humanity.
Visiting The Wild Animal Sanctuary was on my bucket list and last year I had the chance to go. It did not disappoint. The care the volunteers take of the animals was absolutely amazing. Their habitats are top notch. It was the best experience of my life to see those animals enjoying life after the rough start they had. I will donate to The Wild Animal Sanctuary for the rest of my life because I am certain my money is going directly to benefit the lives of the rescued animals.
A guest of ours at our Pet friendly Bed and Breakfast who has become a wonderful friend, brought TWAS to my attention. She was receiving newsletters from the Sanctuary, so I checked it out and being so impressed with the work being done, decided to become a sponsor. Having two Grandchildren and myself we Adopted Cans and Dian two young male cubs and a beautiful wolf named Cheyenne. In 2014 with our Granddaughter whilst visiting Daughter in Vegas we made the journey to see first hand. After receiving newsletters and adoption updates nothing prepared me for the amazing place TWAS is.
To see the lives these rescued animals now live is soul storing, totally overwhelmed with gratitude to Pat Greig and his dedicated band of animal carers. God bless each and every one of you. Thankyou.