Exotic Animals Find Happy Home

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Keenesburg, Colorado- As you approach the entrance to the secluded Wild Animal Sanctuary, formerly called the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center, you might hear sounds that remind you of t

Keenesburg, Colorado- As you approach the entrance to the secluded Wild Animal Sanctuary, formerly called the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center, you might hear sounds that remind you of the jungle.

 

Leopards, mountain lions, jaguars, lynx, bobcats, servals, wolves, and other wild animals call this sanctuary home.

 

The Wild Animal Sanctuary rescues exotic wildlife and endangered species that were abandoned, abused, or illegally kept as pets. It also takes in animals from zoos that no longer want them. At the sanctuary, the animals live in spacious habitats suited to their needs. It's interesting to hear the rescue stories."It's a neat place. It's a great way to save the animals that are being mistreated, discarded, and raised illegally," said Janet, visiting with her granddaughter Zoe.

 

Pat Craig started the sanctuary in 1980 when he was only 19. He contacted zoos all over the country, asking if they had any unwanted animals. Within the first month he received 300 replies. That was the start of the sanctuary which now occupies 140 acres in Keenesburg, northeast of Denver.

 

Not only is visiting a great experience, but it also benefits the animals. Just make a donation. You'll feel good knowing you've helped out."Every little bit helps," says Ashley Watson, who works at the sanctuary. You can visit or help out! For information, call 303-536-0118 or see:http://www.wildlife-sanctuary.org/index.htm