Things to do in Denver - Wild Animal Sanctuary

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

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)

COST - 

  • 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!

 

Comments (16)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joan - definitely good times for kids of all ages.  Interesting and entertaining.  

Mar 30, 2021 07:42 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, some younger kiddos were a bit bored, as some enclosures SEEMED like there were no animals, but some were in the tunnels built for them, hiding/sleeping/hibernating.

Mar 30, 2021 08:13 AM
Michael Jacobs

You mean the animals, right?  Not the kids.  😄

Mar 30, 2021 08:22 AM
Joan Cox

That is true, and would not want any kid to get into these enclosures with the wild animals.

Mar 30, 2021 08:29 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share with area residents and visitors.

 

Mar 30, 2021 08:20 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, it was a great way to spend a day!   It was ONLY 3 miles on the walkway, but took 5 hours!  

Mar 30, 2021 08:30 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Joan... now this is something I'd enjoy seeing... especially the big cats. Seeing them in the wild when I was on safari in Africa was one of the highlights of my life.

Mar 30, 2021 08:55 AM
Joan Cox

I took over 200 photos yesterday -- weather was 71 outside, but very windy.  Today we got a few inches of snow - go figure.

Mar 30, 2021 09:55 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, I think you would have enjoyed it, and the linx were just the cutest.    Also, have a pic of a tiger, and sure looks like a larger version of Mia when she is sleeping.

Mar 30, 2021 09:55 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The Wild Animal Sanctuary sounds like a wonderful place to visit, Joan.  I also love that photo of the tiger in your comment above.  Tigers are among my favorite animals.

Mar 30, 2021 07:12 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Joan, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Mar 30, 2021 07:13 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joan- how interesting and I loved the drone video!!!!  I can see why young children would get bored. 

Mar 30, 2021 07:17 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That looks like a wonderful place to visit and I love going to places like this, especially with my niece and nephews.

Mar 31, 2021 05:11 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Myrl, if tigers are your fav, you would have been in heaven, they had a lot of tigers and lions.

Apr 01, 2021 05:42 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Mryl, thanks for featuring my post ad hope many enjoy my photos.

Apr 01, 2021 05:42 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, some of the animals were difficult to find, between blending in with the habitat and sleeping/hibernating in their tunnels.

Apr 01, 2021 05:43 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Brian, your niece and nephew would love it, if they are older.

Apr 01, 2021 05:44 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Apr 17, 2021 01:07 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sam, that is true.

Apr 26, 2021 12:12 PM

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