I can't think of anywhere else I would volunteer my time! The people who work here are amazing!! This is a beautifully run sanctary, that is run with 100% love and respect for the animals. I am hoping to come back and volunteer soon!!
The most dedicated people are working and volunteering at Keepers Of The Wild. The animals here could not be cared for in a better way. The stories behind these beautiful creatures are heartbreaking. The staff at Keepers Of The Wild have done an amazing job rehabilitating the animals to their fullest capacity. If you are in Arizona, this is a sanctuary you won't want to miss visiting. I love the animals, and the wonderful humans who care for them with so much hard work and love.
When you get there they take you on a guided tour, and then you can walk along the paths on your own. I hate guided tours, but these are actually well done. You get to learn about THAT animal, and his or her story. Anyone who thinks they want a wild animal for a pet, should go here and hear their (the animals) side of the story. Go there. Make it possible.
I go to Keepers if I am within a few hundred miles from it, and if I lived within a hundred miles I would volunteer all the time. All the animals where taken care of, and it is cool that they do not kill or breed there. I bought a shirt that said, "Keepers of the Wild: We love, we care, and we protect" Or something like that. I wore it out. Need to get back there and get another one, and see all their new animals and even better habitats.
I read about Keepers of the Wild in The Smithsonian and so went on a tour of it with my wife over ten years ago. Since then we have volunteered there every couple of years. When you go for a tour you get to see a diverse collection of unwanted animals, ranging from lions to skunks, from a huge African Tortoise to a wolf pack; there are tigers, several monkeys, and even a cow, along with so many other animals. Each has a story: they were almost starved to death, they attacked their owner, they attacked multiple people, or a company just didn't want the tiger anymore. Hearing the stories can sometimes be sad; while others are quite funny or cheerful, like getting to hear of a rescue or event that led to that animal's very happy move to their new home.
Keepers of the Wild has a motto of: We love. We care. We protect. We are Keepers of the Wild. They never abuse the animals and offer a permanent place for them to live out their lives while giving one last performance--and that is to educate people about the dangers of owning such animals--and the dishonor of harming them.
It is worth checking out their website and planning a visit. My major complaint is that they are so far away. Other complaints I had I see have already been, or are being, fixed. Once upon a time the exotic bird habit was not as large, but they have since been working hard on that and they now have a bigger area. I suppose a place like this is a never ending project. Each time we get to go there we see so many new improvements as well as new animals, even though this place is a non-breading facility.
I was a volunteer years ago. Before I took my first tour of the facility, I was skeptical that this was a roadside attraction. When I asked my questions to find out the truth, I was rewarded with answers and a new awareness beyond my expectations. I heard story after story of rescues and adoptions unlike my wildest dreams. It is worth your time to hear and read these stories for yourself. I am an avid naturalist and believe animals should remain untouched and in their own native habitats. The truth is that some of these animals stories can also be our teachers to serve this purpose. These animals at Keepers of the Wild have shown me that there is a beautiful consciousness within them that connects us all in a harmonious energy. They have achieved this balance with the staff that cares for there lives and the visitors that take the time to visit and hear each animals journey. I can truly say that I witnessed pure love and dignity for the spirit if each animal there. Well done everyone for your strength during this journey of hope and transformation. It was such a pleasure having walked part of the road with you. May your efforts be blessed to flowing over as you continue your work with these magnificent creatures.
Being a volunteer @ Keepers of the Wild was one of the highlights of my life. Keepers is the only thing I miss about living in Vegas. These animals are so loved and respected. Jonathan and Tina are devoted to the care and well being of these incredible creatures. It's a comfort to know someone truly cares about these animals others saw fit to abuse and exploit. Getting to see and interact up close with a Tiger or Lion is a wonderful experience everyone should have. I miss all of them.
I started working for KOTW in March 2001 when they were located in Las Vegas. It was my childhood dream come true, literally. I have never had so many fun memories in a lifetime put together than i do working for Jonathan and Tina. Watching these two move these animals from the Las Vegas facility, which was very small but they made it work, to White Hills Az was amazing. The animal had larger cages, more room to play, it was a good home. We would get to stay the night in a trailer at the end of the property and would wake up in the morning to the sounds of the lions talking. Like I said, memories for a lifetime! Then KOTW found an amazing final home for their animals., Valentine AZ. I have unfortunately only been able to make this long drive twice. I miss the sanctuary, I think about it everyday! My dream is to one day work there full time, course i'd have to hit the Loto first so i could move hahaha! This is why its called a dream. But if you remember in the first part of my story, KOTW made my childhood dreams come true so you never know what could happen!!! Thank you Jonathan and Tina, I am grateful to you more than you'll ever know!!!!!
I drove 23 hours from College Station, Texas, with a group of 14 students from Texas A&M University to volunteer at Keepers of the Wild. We sacrificed our "spring break" as a service project. It was an amazing experience for all of us. The owners, staff and volunteers worked their hearts out for the benefit of the animals. The facilty, habitats, and cages were cleaned to insure good health for the residents. Feeding time, twice a day, worked like a well oiled machine. The animals are know by their names, dietary needs and personalities. Each animal has a story and if it wasn't for Jonathan Kraft, they wouldn't have the opportunity to live their lives in this most humane way. If you love animals and can help, this Nonprofit organization deserves your help. Donate time, materials, supplies or MONEY! I fell in love with a hybrid wolf, Moondance. I am his sponsor and you can have your choice of an animal to sponsor. Check out the web page and learn more about Keepers of the Wild.
Keepers of the Wild is an outstanding organization that is truly dedicated to helping animals in need, as they have demonstrated with their infinite animal rescues. I started volunteering at this wonderful exotic animal sanctuary when I was a teenager back in 2003. Currently I am a living my dream career working with exotic animals and marine mammals while promoting environmental conservation and education, and I owe credit to Keepers of the Wild for allowing me the great opportunity to learn from them and gain invaluable experience helping care for their numerous rescued animals. Keepers has an amazing volunteer program that will offer you extensive experience while you give back to the community. As any true non-profit, they rely on generous donations and I can assure that this is absolutely a legitimate organization worthy of support!
I live in Kingman, AZ - approximately 30 miles from the Keepers of the Wild sanctuary. My husband and I visited this exotic animal sanctuary several times - taking out family members when they came to visit. I noticed how all the animals were well cared for and seemed happy. The enclosures were large and had shade/water for the animals. As a result of these observations, I began volunteering. All staff, including the director and co-director are always pleasant and helpful. They have always provided me with any documents I need for grant applications in a timely manner. This is a very worthy non-profit organization that struggles to do everything they can for these abandoned/neglected/abused animals on the small budget they have. All of their donations are from individuals and a few small grants from foundations.
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