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Established by Executive Director Pat Craig in 1980, The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a state and federally licensed zoological facility and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are located outside of Keenesburg, Colorado, 30 miles northeast of Denver. We are located on rural, rolling grasslands, comprising 720 acres and sheltering more than 400 large carnivores alone! TWAS is the largest sanctuary of its kind and one of the oldest in the United States.
For the past 36 years, The Wild Animal Sanctuary has responded to more than 1,000 requests from private citizens and government agencies to rescue animals from across the United States, and other countries throughout the Western Hemisphere. Our resident animals were abandoned, abused, illegally kept, or were victims of other terrible situations. The vast majority of our rescues come from situations where private citizens have tried to keep exotic animals as pets – and were confiscated by law enforcement officials for being kept in illegal or abusive situations. Others were surplus animals from zoos and other wildlife facilities, where they faced euthanasia due to over-breeding, overcrowding or closings due to inadequate finances.
Our 400+ residents include tigers, African lions, black bears, grizzly bears, mountain lions, leopards, wolves, servals, bobcats, foxes, lynx, coyote, coati mundi, raccoon, porcupine, ostrich, emu, camel, alpaca, horses and rescued dogs & cats.