The Wild Animal Sanctuary is located in Keenesburg CO, about 30 minutes northeast of Denver. This is a non-profit that rescues and rehabilitates animals that have been illegal or have been abused. Most animals were older animals and will remain at the Sanctuary for the rest of their lives. They have open habitats to enjoy the outdoors. There are around 600 animals on 10,500 acres.
There is a 1.5-mile elevated walkway to view the habitats, and binoculars and telephoto lens are recommended. There are only carnivores at this location, and you will see a multitude of lions, tigers, ligers, bears, leopards, mountain lions, wolves, hyenas, and smaller carnivores like servals, bobcats, lynx, foxes, coyote. There are also rescued horses, donkeys, ostrich, emu, camels, yak & alpaca as well as cats, dogs, parrots, and other birds. These animals have been relocated from apartments, indoor zoos that have never had fresh air, and backyards tied up as pets.
This is NOT like a zoo, every enclosure has at least one animal, but not always visible. Some blend very well in their habitat, and some are in the concrete tubes created for them. Some young children were bored, as they could not find the animals, and 3 miles is a lot for them to walk.
Along the walkway, there are covered areas for picnics or sit and rest, along with restrooms. There is a cafe for dining and an education center. There are around 170,000 visitors yearly. Many donate to help feed and maintain this facility. At this facility, there is a veterinarian facility where they administer medicine to those animals with medical issues.
OPEN HOURS -
9 am to sunset daily
(with the exception of New Years, 4th of July, Thanksgiving & Christmas)
(this is a Liger - tiger/lion)
Adults (ages 13 to 69) - $50 per adult
Seniors (ages 70+) - $20 per adult
Children (ages 3 to 12) - $30 per child
Children (0-2) - No entry fee
No dogs are allowed, including service animals
1946 County Road 53, Keenesburg, CO 80643 303-536-0118
For more information when you want to visit - here is the website.
It was a beautiful day yesterday - so had to get this shot with the lion -
If you get a chance, would definitely recommend a visit to the Wild Animal Sanctuary!