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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.

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829 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

We found TWAS, I think in 2004. It was an itty bitty ad in the newspaper. Thought it would be a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon so off we went. At that time you took a dirt road to get there, so we weren’t sure what we would find. We checked in and were given a notebook with history off the animals. Remember it was much smaller then, I think about 70 animals in total. It was beautiful and relaxing. You could just sit and watch and listen to these glorious big cats. Right after we were there they were on the news saying they were going to have to close because lack of funds. One way you can donate is to adopt an animal and that’s what we did. Our first were Halloween a tiger and Lightening a leopard. They have since died but we have been able to continue helping by getting new ones. We get out there about twice a year and have introduced many people to this Sanctuary where the animals are as free and happy to roam in their large enclosures.

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Donor

Rating: 5

There is something so special bout TWAS. What they do for these beautiful animals is wonderful. It only took one visit for me to understand what amazing work everyone does. My husband and I both adopted an animal I will continue to support TWAS as long as I can. If I still lived in Colorado I would be a volunteer. Thank you Pat and crew for the TWAS we need more people like you. (Mary B. In Minnesota)

1 Mary S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a supporter and former volunteer of The Wild Animal Sanctuary, I can firmly state that this is the BEST nonprofit I have ever had the fortune to discover.

Volunteer options are realistic and doable and the work is hard - sometimes tedious, boring and straight-up disgusting - but the staff does a great job of making sure volunteers know WHY they are doing what they're doing and how it benefits the organization and the animals. Work is varied enough that in between the manual labor there are opportunities to interact with the animals in a safe and educational manner, whether it is accompanying staff to feed, deliver medication, or work on habitats to improve enrichment and stimulation for the animals.

As a visiting member of the general public, TWAS offers an absolutely one-of-a-kind experience in which guests are able to see rescued animals, learn who the animals are (where they came from and how they wound up at TWAS) and learn about what is referred to as the "captive wildlife crisis." One of TWAS's main goals is to educate the public about the dangers and immorality of owning exotic species as "pets," along with providing information about the plight of captive traveling animals in circuses, side-shows, and photo-with-wildlife scams. While traditional zoos also offer educational opportunities, they tend to focus on the idealized version of a species' life in the wild. At TWAS, however, the educational focus (while providing this same basic biogeographical information) is shifted towards the specific ways in which certain species are exploited and abused for the sake of "entertainment." While you might learn where tigers cubs live in the world at a zoo, at TWAS, you will learn that "selfie-with-tiger-cub" opportunities are a scam to generate profit at the expense of the individual animal and entire species' well-being. Thus education at TWAS goes far beyond the typical zoo placards and provides guests with relevant and crucial information regarding the various ways in which wild animals are exploited and how to prevent complicity in these schemes in addition to ways in which they can take action to save wild species and advocate for their welfare.

The last aspect of TWAS I must mention is the physical structure and pure awesomeness of the facility. Over 720 acres in the eastern plains have been slightly modified (added streams and ponds, some vegetation, underground dens built, etc.) and there is a 40ft elevated walkway that traverses a mile and a half of these habitats. This provides guests an utterly unique experience of walking on a footbridge above the animals in their habitats below. Based on evolutionary biology of carnivores (who are highly territorial on the ground but have never had any airborne/flying predators or prey and thus are oblivious to the sky and space above them) the elevated footbridge is a groundbreaking way to provide guests with an incredible view of the animals in as close a proxy as possible to their natural habitat. Each habitat is large (most are at least twenty acres) providing the animals with ample "territory" to roam and patrol. The elevation of the walkway means that, unlike at a zoo where carnivores are confronted with people invading their territory and staring at them through a glass wall (which results in unnatural pacing along the wall, indicating unease and stress on behalf of the animal) the animal is oblivious to and thus totally unbothered by the human observers above them. The end result is that guests are able to observe the animal acting as close to "natural" as possible and the animals are not stressed by invaders encroaching on their territory.

TWAS is an absolutely amazing place for the reasons above and many more. Words cannot describe the magic and serenity that are palpable as soon as you step foot on the walkway. The peace and gratefulness of the animals can be felt by all who work and visit them. Staff, volunteers, and visitors of all ages will leave feeling more hopeful about the world and the future of its imperiled wild species. And there is no other sight in the world as breathtaking to behold as the sun setting behind the Rocky Mountains in the distance behind the herds of lions roaring to each other across their adoptive Colorado plains homes.

(All photos - TWAS)

2 mshabbott3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wild Animal Sanctuary does everything possible to rescue and provide the best possible environment for the animals. Donations go directly to benefit the animals and communication from W.A.S. is excellent. They deserve more than 5 stars.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following the wild animal sanctuary for some time and donate whenever I can.
This sanctuary cares for the animals and has their best interest at heart.
I commend these people.

1 Jenny Z.

Donor

Rating: 5

This place is amazing to see all the wild animals not caged. Staff are very helpful and knowledgeable.

2 Denise N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved in animal rescue, animal rights, etc most of my adult life. I am 53. I do not believe there is a better organization than TWAS. It has got to be the most effectively run group I have ever seen!! They truly believe and implement EVERY word of their mission statement!! You can also see where every donated dollar is spent!! They are nothing short of amazing and the world and animals are truly blessed having them here!! I so wish I lived in Colorado so I could volunteer there!! What an honor it would be!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I heard about TWAS about 6 years ago and thought it would be fun to check it out. We were blown away by all the hard working staff and care of the animals. The rescue stories are heartbreaking. I’m so glad the animals will live out the rest of their days with the best care. This is an organization that should always be supported. We love TWAS as the animals come first above all else.

1 Joe S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can’t imagine a more well run, truer to the mission statement organization than TWAS. The entire staff and volunteer team never loses focus upon what is BEST for the animals. I am proud to be a donor, and honored to volunteer!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is amazing! While in Denver on a business trip, my friend and I decided to visit in a whim, thinking it would be a nice way to see some animals and spend our time. When we got there, we were blown away by what we saw. I have never in my life seen a place so well designed and thought out, with the emphasis on the animals instead of the people. I was completely captivated. We even were so fortunate as to be able to hear the wolves howling. Such an amazing, unforgettable experience! That trip was 4 years ago, and I haven't stopped talking about it. I wish I lived closer so I could volunteer there.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TWAS exemplifies everything good for Animals. The caring staff and volunteers work tirelessly to make sure that these Animals have an amazing home, and care for the rest of their lives. Every detail is thought of and usually well in advance. Nothing is spared when it comes to the wellbeing, safety, comfort, care, & health of all the residents of TWAS. It’s truly something magical; and it wouldn’t exist without the amazing support of the donors. There’s no place like it in the world. ✨

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an amazing and upstanding organization that upholds the highest standard in Animal Care and Education to the public. The staff and volunteers are a passionate and hardworking group who are dedicated to making life Amaizing for the Animals they rescue.

These Animals have all been born and raised in captivity and have been rescued from abusive and un-lawful situations. The Sanctuary doesn't breed the Animals and provides a life long home to all the rescued Animals.

It's a beautiful facility and truly a wonderful non-profit that is more than worthy of your support.

1 Yuri T.

Donor

Rating: 5

If I could give TWAS ten or more stars, I'd do it. I visited them for the first time a few months ago. Seeing animals in cages has always made me very sad. Knowing that there are people who think it is OK to have a tiger in their mansion, just because they have the money to pay for it, has made me deeply upset since I knew this happened.
I think I smiled the whole time I was at TWAS. There were moments when I was about to cry when I saw how relaxed, happy, and free animals look. They are healthy too.
I cannot wait to go back. This May, my son is graduating from high school. My family is coming to the ceremony. They will visit us from Canada and Mexico for only three days. One of those days we'll visit TWAS because I have shown them so many videos, and talked to them so much about it, they want to be there as well.
Keep up the good work. You are leaving this world better than you found it. Many animal and human lives are happier because of TWAS.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about TWAS from my sister, who lives in Aurora, CO. From the first visit we were in love. This sanctuary is truly the best place on earth. The rescued, magnificent animals are treated with love and respect and the staff is totally dedicated to their physical health, well being and emotional health. You could not find a better place to donate your hard earned money.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

1 bsmranch

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will never forget my first visit there over 9 years ago, it was the most amazing experience I think I have ever had and one that was also very emotional. Reading the rescue stories and the horrific conditions the animals were forced to live in were heartbreaking. How could any human be so cruel? How could any animal recover from the abuse? I could only read a few stories at a time. I would visit at least once a week and read more stories and just cry for the animals and what they went through. But then you see the animals and how they are living now! What an amazing transformation for so many lives! They are happy, healthy and living in peace. Hopefully their pain and suffering and all they endured have been erased from their memories. The Sanctuary and everyone involved are truly the most caring people I have ever met. The animals come first for everyone and that sentiment comes from the top down! If you have never been you need to go, and trust me, you will wonder why you have not been. And for me, I visited a long time ago and have never left! It will make your heart full to see how wonderful the animals live! This is an experience nobody can explain, you have to see it first hand. Truly an amazing place! I encourage everyone to go and to also support the animals! You will feel good about helping! They need our voice!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This place is the best place! The most amazing animals now have a good home, free of fear, abuse and starvation! It is very difficult to read the stories of where these animals came from, it brings you to tears. Knowing what they lived like prior to going to the sanctuary and now to see them roam free in a natural habitat is so very heart warming! They do what they want to do! This is truly about the animals and you can see they are very happy! No longer are these animals going to suffer from the human hand. It is so sad many humans feel these animals were put on this earth to entertain us, or to be our pets, or whatever other sick purpose. It is great to see that finally, these animals can live the rest of their lives in peace, and know that they are ok now.

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Deborah P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing place to visit. It's wonderful to see the animals in a natural environment. So much better than a zoo.

Beverly Nadeau B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My heart is one filled with empathy and sincerely hurts for the hurt and abused. Because I was one of them. This beautiful peaceful place always brings my heart so much joy. To see the pictures of all of these innocent pure hearts enjoying life, is everything. Thank you for all that you do for the animals, and for me.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about this place at earth day event in Dallas Texas. I had the opportunity to visit a couple years later. It is Almost indescribable how wonder this place. How you can be immersed with animals without disturbing them, it was incredible, has to be experienced. Then there is how wonderful a place it is for the animals, that they are able to live out their life’s in a place that resembles as much as it can there intended habitate, with no worries. Can not say enough about how dedicated they are to their cause and how grateful I am.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about the Wild Animal Sanctuary when they received three Uruguayan lions who’d spent a lifetime in dreadful conditions. They worked very closely with a local rescue, Animales Sin Hogar, and passed their incredible knowhow so that the lions would make a safe journey and transition. Through and through, the Wild Animal Sanctuary have been generous, and gave not only a wonderful home to our lions, but our and the lions dignity back.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visited the Wild Animal Sanctuary while in Denver visiting our son. I wish we lived closer so I could volunteer here. I truly can’t put into words how impressed we were with this place. It is very apparent they care greatly for the animals there and want to do their best for them. If you haven’t been here yet to visit you should plan to. You won’t regret it and it may even change your life!!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a beautiful facility for these animals to live out their lives. My first impression was how well they’re feed and how content they all were. The mile boardwalk is spectacular for viewing and fun. I am a future valunteer and looking forward to that day.

Poppy M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful opportunity to visit "The Wild Animal Sanctuary" just outside of Denver Colorado. All the beauties here were born in captivity, beaten with whips and baseball bats, many defanged and declawed. They DO NOT breed any of the creatures. Thanks to an amazing passionate team this 700 acre sanctuary was created for these creatures to live in peace. The people who rescue these animals from around the World often put their life in great danger. When the beauties arrive they are placed alone in small enclosures as some have never seen another animal before. Prior to rescue they often lived in stacked crates or peoples basements or concrete cells. All have an opportunity to eventually go into big enclosures at the sanctuary. There is a special senior citizen area where some beauties need a lot more quiet and special attention. There is a 3 mile suspension bridge where you can observe these beauties - apparently standing on the ground near their enclosure is very scary and feels threatening to the creature. I would recommend this trip to everyone - it fills my heart with joy to know these creatures will live their days with people who dearly love and care for them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a place of peace and love for captive born exotic animals. They get to live out their lives with dignity and respect in large acreage habitats after spending years of being neglected, abandoned and abused. The Wild Animal Sanctuary saves lives. I am honored to be able to participate in such a worthy cause.

Nancy H.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place that truly cares about the welfare of their rescued animals. The raised walkways allow for good viewing without the stress and taunting that happens in places like zoos. And they continue to rescue animals in dire situations and allow them to live the remainder of their lives in peace and with companionship. Love Pat and all the team at the Wild Animal Santuary! Angels on earth!

Sharon188

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is my favorite animal non profit. I have supported them for years and upon visiting several years ago, discovered the incredible way they rescue and care for captive wild animals. The facility is wonderful with acres of land sectioned off and dedicated to various types of animals, with enclosures, ponds, and heated underground places for winter. The animals looked relaxed and healthy. The sanctuary takes care to keep people at a distance so the animals are not disturbed. The medical care is top notch. And they go out of their way to rescue animals in need, driving long distances, and flying out of the country, hurrying to save a life. I think this place is heaven on earth for abused wild animals and I will support them until I die!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported the Wild Animal Sanctuary for many years. They do amazing things for animals trapped in horrific lives. I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the sanctuary in 2015 and I was simply overwhelmed by the animals roaming free, and the people who work and volunteer there. Their dedication is unbelievable. I will always support the Sanctuary until my last breath!

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snystrom

Donor

Rating: 5

I am in love with The Wild Animal Sanctuary! This happens to be our favorite charity and the director/founder Pat Craig is truly an amazing person with a heart of gold. He is so articulate in the way he communicates the extent of his passion and goals to to his supporters. The large majority of animals they’ve taken in have had tragic, abusive backgrounds. I’ve found myself tearing up several times as their stories are shared through quarterly newsletters and videos. It’s so heart warming to know that these rescued animals have been given the opportunity to live out the rest of their lives stress free, with dignity and with others of their own kind. We will continue to support TWAS for as long as we are able!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is our second year donating to TWAS and we plan to continue for many years to come. We've been so impressed that this year we adopted an animal as well. It is an amazing place with habitats and facilities that allow rescued animals to live out the rest of their lives with dignity. What impresses us most about the sanctuary is that it exists for the wellbeing of the animals and not for the entertainment of the public. The volunteers there are very dedicated and do an incredible job educating those who visit. A top notch newsletter is published regularly to inform the donators about the individual stories of each animal. Exceptional people doing exceptional work!

Tana Morales L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keensburg since 2001. Their good work never disappoints. They do everything they can to rescue animals and give them lives they deserve. They put the animals 1st not profit-hence the walkway for humans to observe but not disturb these majestic creatures.

Kerry H.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love to visit the wild animal sanctuary! To see what this place does for these animals with your own eyes is truly awe inspiring. It will fill your heart with such love and respect not just for the animals but for the people who tirelessly work here to help the animals lucky enough to be rescued.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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

3 Kathy289

Donor

Rating: 5

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

2 Linda458

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

2 Annah D.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

4 Kenna Clements

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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4 Courtney77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

4 Jennifer621

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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

3 Melanie V.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

4 Jeannine3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

3 Donna275

Donor

Rating: 5

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

3 Jerry20

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2 Carole40

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1 John435

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the important work the Wild Animal Sanctuary does!

1 Carolina5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have never been to the Wild Animal Sanctuary, but I believe so passionately in the work they do, the care they give, the compassion they show, the dedication, respect, and love they give to animals in need, that I am a monthly donor to their superb cause! I believe that being a small part of their family, I am in some small way, trying to give back and make up to the animals what they have suffered at the hands of humans. Any monies you award them will be money much needed and more than well spent. The are a magnificent organization!

Agnieszka T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is amazing. Friendly and helpful staff. The walk on the walkway was a good excersise and great way to see the animals roaming free in large enclosures. I would definately visit them again to see the animals who were rescued from terrible situations. If you are looking for abused animals doing tricks this is not a place for you. Thank you TWAS for all you do to for the animals.

Candy F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a part of our family. Every year we adopt a rescued animal on Mother's Day, we feel it is such important work they are doing. To see the the animals living free in large open habitats warms the soul. Some having spent much of their lives in cages or on concrete.

Rita43

Donor

Rating: 5

The WAS puts all their heart and soul into saving abused animals from around the globe and gives them much needed medical care, love, and room to roam and be the wild animals they were meant to be. Every visit to the sanctuary is like a love explosion in my soul. I will support them till my dying day.

ER H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I took a random trip to Colorado for my birthday month back in September I came across the signs of the sanctuary I heard so much about back in LA. I was soo excited I stopped by the next day and spend half the day there. I was amazed to see lions roaming together, white tigers

Tracy123

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter began working at TWAS this past summer. I went to visit and found the place to be amazing! All the workers that band together to make this place run are terrific. The animals seemed thoroughly at home in this environment. The owners truly care about each and every animal that comes under their care. A very worthy non-profit.

Donor

Rating: 5

This outstanding Sanctuary is a blessing for so many animals both wild and other wise that have been neglected, abused or displaced. Pat Craig and his son Casey have worked tirelessly to provide the best possible care for these animals that have suffered so much throughout their lifetime and were left without favorable options for their existence. Pat, Casey and their devoted staff and volunteers have provided a safe refuge where these animals are given large habitats to roam in, plenty of nutritious food, world-class medical care, underground dens to keep them safe from the elements and most of all lots of love, respect and protection. The Craig family have made a lot of personal sacrifices to make the Wild Animal Sanctuary what it has become today - a world-class facility which is recognized throughout the USA and Internationally. Their mission is to rescue those animals in need and to provide them with a safe and wonderful home for the rest of their lives. This is a non-profit sanctuary that is most deserving of any and all donations that the public can give. No donation is too small and everything goes towards funding ongoing necessary rescues and the upkeep of over 450 animals that call the Sanctuary their home. This is a no-nonsense Sanctuary and it's all about doing what's right for the animals. There is no other Sanctuary in the world like it and it is very deserving of every donation that it most gratefully receives. Please help them with their most honorable and important mission to make a difference in the lives of animals that need a second chance at life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This remarkable 720 acre large carnivore sanctuary (along with other needy creatures) is worthy of every single dollar donated to it. Pat Craig and his son Casey along with their dedicated staff and volunteers are the most sincerest and hardest-working of people who really believe in what they do and truly make a difference in giving rescued abused, mistreated and unwanted animals a second chance with their lives. The animals that have been fortunate enough to now call the Sanctuary their home are loved and well-cared for and thrive in a safe and stress-free environment where they can live among their own kind in large acreage habitats. Pat Craig has devoted 36 years of his life to hard work, personal sacrifice and unwavering commitment to make the Sanctuary what it has become today - one of the largest, most highly-respected and unique Sanctuaries in the world. Rescuing animals in dire situations and The Wild Animal Sanctuary IS what Pat's life is all about and he will always put the needs and well-being of the animals first.

Malenna S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of The Wild Animal Sanctuary soon after moving to Colorado three years ago. It is unlike any place I've ever known. To see animals that have been horribly mistreated and abused living peaceful, contented, and healthy lives is so heartwarming. Those that arrive needing critical medical care get it and thrive. The staff at TWAS truly understand the animals, they are devoted to their wellbeing and they work tirelessly on their behalf. I have adopted 5 animals (one of my lions is shown here) and would do more if I could. I choose my charitable donations carefully - this is one of only three entities to which I donate because I know the money is well spent.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited the Wild Animal Sanctuary many times and have adopted 5 animals (2 lions, 2 tigers, and 1 wolf) to help support their efforts. To know the tragic circumcirmstances from which these wonderful animals animals have survived and then to see them completely relaxed and enjoying life at the Sanctuary is a joyful experience. They receive such good care by a staff who appreciates their need to be the creatures that they are, but who also who tends to the problems that must be overcome by their past lives. It is truly one place where human kindness is making a difference. And it it one of the few charities to which I donate, because I know my money is being well spent.

Glenn10

Donor

Rating: 5

When you visit The Wild Animals Sanctuary you will feel a sense of peace that can't readily be explained. It's only after you learn about the history of each animal and the suffering they endured that you begin to tap into the collective happiness of hundreds of wild animals rescued from atrocious conditions, many from here in the USA.

As a long time supporter of this Sanctuary and as a regular visitor, I can tell you that Pat Craig, his family, and their many volunteers have created something close to heaven right here on earth. They have continuously improved the facilities for both the animals and the visitors, who view the rescued animals from a 30 foot elevated walkway, the longest in the world!

It is my honor to highly recommend The Wild Animal Sanctuary as a model facility and as an important torch bearer in the captive wild animal crisis.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Wild Animal Sanctuary is an amazing place where formerly abused or neglected animals can live out their lives in peace and happiness. Pat Craig and his family along with hundreds of volunteers have dedicated their lives to these animals and work very hard to keep them healthy and happy. All it takes is one visit and you will see and perceive a very special atmosphere that exudes peace and happiness. I am proud to be an active supporter of the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best place. This is not a zoo and people need to be quiet when there and respect the animals. Visitors are informed about where the animals have come from and the horrofic stories and pasts they have endured. It's very eye opening and heart breaking, but so very, very worth the trip. I highly recommend this place.

Donor

Rating: 5

Absolutely can't say enough positives about this organization and their mission to both rescue wild animals living in awful conditions and their ability to let these animals live out their lives in as natural conditions as possible. We've been members for two years now, and we consider it to be some of the best money spent! These people have incomparable compassion and desire to come to the aid of large, exotic animals such as lions, tigers, and bears. It is quite frightening to realize how many of these animals are acquired by individuals, road side attractions, etc. and are mistreated, or living in horrible conditions because they started as cuddly small animals that grew up.

Lisa616

Donor

Rating: 1

An amazing place and they do good for these animals. If you haven't been here yet I highly recommend, I love going and I'm a cat lover so of course the cats are my favorite! We also donate every year.

Mary491

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw first hand how transformative the lives of these traumatized animals became. Look with binoculars and you can see the look of tranquility in their eyes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful sanctuary. Comfort and safety of the animals is first and foremost. Having the observatory/walking bridge above the animals is wonderful in that it does not disturb the animals, and allows visitors to observe from a respectable vantage point. The staff is fully educated and shares background information about the sanctuary and the animals the the visitors, so that visitors understand the mission and goal of the sanctuary and the history of the animals located there. The sanctuary has a gift shop; bathrooms; snack bar; and close parking. The founder and the staff are doing wonderful work in their efforts to educate the public about exotic animals and those animals' plight. A beautifully run sanctuary with the best in mind for the animals who take refuge there. Thank you TWAS for all that you do!

Shelley42

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I finally got to visit TWAS 2 summers ago. I had been following them for about 10 years. The visit was even more than I had expected!!! Animals were free to roam on grass and dirt and to swim after years of neglect and abuse. Peace was every where....I love this place and I will be back!!!

Lisa615

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned of TWAS in 2005 and have followed the work they do ever since. The magnitude of what they do for the captive wildlife crisis is amazing. The rescues- saving these large majestic animals from lives of horrifying captivity in dirty, cramped, totally unnatural living conditions to be released into a natural habitat where they can live out a life of freedom- is to be commended. Visit if you can- it is beautiful to see how these animals now live compared to where they came from. Sign up for the newsletters to learn of the mission and rescues. Donate- help them to rescue and save as many of these majestic creatures as possible, and to help spread the word on the crisis so that hopefully one day it will be a distant bad memory.

Donor

Rating: 5

I live in UK, but visited the USA one year, and read the Denver Post about a Sanctuary that was taking in lions and bears that were nearly dead through neglect. I went along to visit, and was blown away, with the entire place. The creatures all had smiles on their faces, and the volunteers--who were many were passionate about what they were doing. I decided there and then to support them every month--and will continue until I am no longer on this planet.
There are SO many opportunities for school visits, and to let children see how wild life should be homed, and to learn about each one. JUST AN AMAZING PLACE

Donor

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is amazing. I first became aware of it when I happened upon their video of the Bolivian lion rescue. The passion for the animals well being is obvious. I had the opportunity to visit June 2016 and fell in love with the place. The animals are clearly the first priority. I was lucky enough to see many animals from their skywalk. The staff and volunteers were very knowledgeable and seemed to know every animals' story.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Your mission is not only noble - it is pursued intelligently, professionally, and with the attitude of responsibility, respect, and attention to detail; always with the animal's welfare at the forefront. I pray God will always bless the work you do!