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The wild animal sanctuary, America's ,Premier sanctuary for large carnivores.

Updated on May 28, 2012

The Wild Animal Sanctuary.

The wild animal sanctuary, in Keensburg Colorado.

Just outside of Keensburg CO. ,on 720 acres of beautiful grass lands is the "Wild Animal Sanctuary."

Just this year "2012" , the sanctuary opened a sky-walk, about 30 feet above the animals ,visitors can walk in safety with a great view.

Not only can you see the animals in a way not offered most places, being on the open plains , you a can see for miles in any direction.

The info a person can learn ,and sights seen are well worth the small donation to gain entry.


Lions,Tigers,Bears, OH MY

Over 200 animals are welcomed on the sanctuary. One of my favorites places ,is the large white structure at the end on the sky walk. located about 3/4 of a mile from the start of the walk, at the end is a big building with several compartments. Each compartment has an entry for the animals assigned to that compartment. As a visitor you are on a large covered patio deck , from this vantage point, you can see every thing going on in the enclosure below you.

If you can walk 2 miles without a problem ,you can take the tour.


New Arrivals.

The picture to the right, is the new home to many of the animals who arrive on the sanctuary.

Kind of a staging area if you will. A place for new arrivals to start the process of adapting to their new home. This structure near the start of the walkway ,allows visitors a chance to see many of the new arrivals rescued by the sanctuary.

Animals are rescued from many places.

  1. Private owners who can no longer provide for the animal.
  2. Zoos that have been shut down.
  3. Animals used in shows and retired.
  4. Abuse cases, animals that need a home after being removed from an abusive environment

Just to name a few.

One story that got to me was about a Lion called "Kobu" Bought as a pet, He was given up when he became to big and costly to feed. He ended up in a concert pit in Mexico, here he was fed live dogs captured on the streets in Mexico City.

With the help of "Mexican Government officials" he was rescued and brought back to the sanctity.

.To read many more stories about the rescues click here


Big Kitty.

If you share the fascination , that most of us have with large cats. This is your kind of place.

  1. Lions
  2. Mountain Lions
  3. Bob Cats
  4. Leopards
  5. Lynx
  6. Tigers

Each one of these beautiful animals has been rescued from a bad situation of some kind.

The sanctuary has just over 20 paid employees and over 150 volunteers. All working hard to keep the animals safe and happy.


Not A Doggie You Should Try To Pet.

  • Coyote
  • Fox
  • Wolves

George, Brad, Bernie, Elliott, Matt, Jessica, Alyssa, Lilly, Olivia and Kim:

These wolves come from a Nebraska zoo that was closed by the USDA due to animal abuse and safety violations. When we were there, it was close to feeding time. We were able to watch these awesome animals as they anxiously awaited the food.


These species all live here in Colorado. But you do not get to see them in the wild most times.

Ringo and Starkey:

These two were rescued from a trailer park in New Mexico. They were brought to the sanctuary because ,NM has no place safe for them to call home.



This beautiful animal Nova the fox is blind.

Unfortunately his eyes had to be removed due to severe infection. The sanctuary took him in where he will have a safe home for the rest of his life.

He was given to the T.W.A.S. By the Nebraska Rehab Center.


Lots Of Big Fuzzy Bears

The bears are awesome to watch. They look so sweet ,you just want to pet them. Not a good idea.

These bears are from all over the country. One "Cupcake" was found as a cub tied to a front porch in Ohio.

Others were from zoos being closed for abuse violations.

Just this section would be 1000's of words If I tried to tell the stories of these bears.So here is a link to the page with all their stories.

Here Are Some More Awesome Pictures Of The Animals



Just the cats and wolves eat 8,500 lbs. of meat per week.

The bears eat another 10,500 lbs. of food each week.

The food is all USDA approved products .

The meat is prepared by a special company in Burlington, CO., with all the vitamins ,minerals, and a mix of several kinds of meat. All made to keep the animals healthy.

This Can Only Work With Help.

For a list of the many business that help make this work. Click here.

When You Come To COLORADO

When you find yourself in CO.

Plan a little time to take the tour. Your family will love it. And you will have helped with this great cause.

Here is the address.

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center
1946 County Road 53Keenesburg, CO 80643


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      bmcoll3278 5 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      I wanted to share. I tried to take my own pics. But messed up and deleted them from my phone. That there new fangled technology just messes with me LOL

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      bmcoll3278 5 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      kashmir56, mecheshier, angela, Thanks for the great comments. It warms my heart to have people enjoy my work.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I would love to bring the family here!

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is a well put together and written hub with great information and some beautiful photos, love the lion photo,well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Nice HUB!!! Great pics and info. A place I must visit! Thank you

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      bmcoll3278 5 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      Thanks Ghost. It has been there over 30 years. but open to the public since 2003. Hope you get a chance to come see it. You can look me up for a cup of joe,

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      Wow. THANK YOU for publishing this one! I lived in Colorado for a few years (late 2006-early 2009) and love the thought that such a sanctuary has taken root in that state.

      Cats and wolves: Consuming the equivalent of a thousand-pound cow per day...IF you count most of the bones! Awesome.

      Our travel is minimal these days due to my wife's disabilities, but Keenesburg has DEFINITELY been added to my To Do When I Can list.

      Voted Up and all but Funny.