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Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary

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Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary

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Mima wrote a review Oct 11
Helena, Montana5 contributions
They were using social distancing well and required masks to protect the humans and the animals. It was a fun visit.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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pupepause wrote a review Oct 2
Portland, Oregon123 contributions29 helpful votes
We are always concerned if a Sanctuary is a true Sanctuary and NOT a Zoo. Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is a true Sanctuary. The ladies in the entrance/gift shop were very helpful, friendly, caring and knowledgeable about the Sanctuary's mission/animals. We appreciated the fact that they let the animals be themselves and if they were out fine but if not we missed them. So important to donate/support Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary as these type of places are expensive to operate. Thank you for saving the ones who could not fend for themselves and giving them a forever haven.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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John R wrote a review Oct 2
Anoka1,488 contributions47 helpful votes
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Very friendly staff. Nice gift shop. Several animals to try and see. Easy walking, but there is some up hill. The animals are in natural surroundings, so they may be hard to see. If you miss them the first time around, make a second lap through the park and perhaps they will be out and active. They have signs up about each animal and how it came to the park. The park is one way travel due to COVID, but it is small so you can go around a second time, rather than backing up. Some of the birds were not able to be seen because they were roped off, but I did see birds, bears, wolves, porcupines, and racoons.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Kathy G wrote a review Aug 2020
Kansas City, Missouri15 contributions
The gift shop had a nice selection of shirts and hoodies for children. I would have liked to see adult sizes too. Some of the animals were not out. But each domain had a nice bio of the animal, including their name, and a description of how they came to the sanctuary. Only takes 30-45 minutes to walk thru.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Ardshnard wrote a review Jun 2020
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When we first arrived at the animal sanctuary, we noticed a group of people walking inside the sanctuary without masks. When I got inside the lady at the front desk insisted, we all wear masks. That is fine with me. I told her I have a medical condition that makes me cough sometimes for several minutes when I wear a mask. I told her I may start coughing and will need to remove the mask. There are several articles on the internet explaining why some people cannot wear a mask. She said she would rather not have us go into the sanctuary. I assume the lady at the front desk is a medical professional since she made conclusions about my condition. She is welcome to consult with my doctor. I told her about the people not wearing masks that we saw when we arrived. She called me a liar. I hope you only discriminate against people with lung conditions. I do not know why the group I saw was allowed not to wear masks. Perhaps they have a more severe condition than I do. This should have been handled in a professional manner. Assuming the lady at the front desk is a medical professional, she needs to practice medicine and not be at the front desk. A good customer service professional could have taken care of this situation without issues.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from YellowstoneWildlife, Manager at Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Responded Jul 16, 2020
We take the health and safety of our visitors, our staff, and our animals very seriously. Removing a mask to cough can spread the virus a long way, and the small particulates can hang in the air for over an hour. We have two staff members that are "at risk," including one with COPD and one for whom COVID-19 side effects could be fatal. We simply cannot risk their lives. We don't get our information from "several articles on the Internet." We get it from medical professionals and scientific studies.
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