Hundreds of exotic predators roam the Colorado plains at the world’s largest wildlife sanctuary

Did you know that hundreds of exotic predators call northeastern Colorado home?

The Wildlife Sanctuary, which operates three sites in Colorado (in Springfield, Craig, and Kensburg) and one in Texas, provides a home to more than 650 rescued animals, including lions, tigers, bears, wolves, panthers, and other large carnivores.

The organization’s animals, often rescued from illegal or abusive situations around the world, live in extensive habitats in the Centennial State.

The Wildlife Sanctuary operates on more than 30,000 acres of land in Colorado across its three locations, making it the largest wild animal sanctuary in the world, according to its website.

“Our goal is to place all rescued animals in spacious habitats where they can experience life with plenty of space, exceptional quality diets, specialized veterinary care and the freedom to do anything unnatural, travel or do anything unnatural,” he says. Read the organization’s website.

The Wildlife Sanctuary also specializes in each habitat to suit the specific needs of the species it shelters.

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A curious bear cub at the Wildlife Sanctuary in Kensburg, Colorado, on August 20, 2020. The 789 acre-Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people about the captive wildlife crisis in America, and is home to 400-plus lions, tigers, bears, and other animals. (Chancey Bush / The Gazette)

It’s also worth noting that the wildlife sanctuary is home to many notable animals, including over 100 that once belonged to locations featured in the highly rated Netflix series “Tiger King.”

“To date, nearly 150 animals from the stars of the Netflix series Tiger King have been rescued. Fortunately, the 141 rescued lions, tigers, and bears that have been rescued are now living and roaming freely within beautiful large-area habitats at one of our three certified sanctuaries,” the organization’s website reads. Internet.


Two tigers at the Wildlife Sanctuary in Kinsburg, Colorado, a nonprofit animal rehabilitation organization that currently has 120 animals kept in facilities seen in the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King.”

Recently, the Wild Animal Sanctuary acquired a pride of nine lions that previously lived in a zoo in Ukraine affected by the Russo-Ukrainian war.

“We are grateful that we were able to get all the lions out in time and save them. That’s what matters. They will live out the rest of their lives in great, pristine natural habitats,” said Pat Craig, CEO of The Wild Animal Sanctuary. After the rescue.

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Two female lions cuddle in a new enclosure at the Wildlife Sanctuary in southeastern Colorado. Nine lions made the journey from war-torn Odessa Zoo in Ukraine to Moldova to Romania to Qatar to Dallas and then trucked to Colorado in late September. The two cubs have been transferred to the sister wildlife sanctuary in Kinsburg.

Today, more than 170,000 people visit the 720-acre Kinsburg Preserve each year to see hundreds of animals on site. It is located only 30 minutes from the Denver International Airport.

This site is known for its approximately 1.5-mile elevated walkway, which allows visitors to view each habitat from a distance that does not affect the animals. In 2016, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized the pass as the “longest elevated walkway in an animal sanctuary” in the world.

According to the website, the round trip across the sanctuary takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is open year-round from 9am until sunset.

“Sanctuary’s two primary missions include rescuing and caring for animals – and educating people about the crisis of captive wildlife. To that end, we invite people who want to learn more about the work we do to visit our unique facility in person,” it reads.

For more information visit the Wild Animal Sanctuary website here.

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