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“Better Than A Zoo!”

Wild Animal Sanctuary
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed July 23, 2013

This was an awesome experience!
Very unfortunate circumstances that these animals endured but happy endings for each animal there at the santuary.
Cost is $15 per person.
It's about a 2 mile walk, bring water and sun screen! (if it's that time of the season obviously)
If you're lucky you'll see most animals but a lot of them were hiding out or submerged in their huge tubs of water.
Each rescued animal has a story noted in a $5 sanctuary book. Worth the buy, but the stories are bad so be prepared or just don't buy. :)

1  Thank Venessa V
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

This sanctuary rescues wild animals from all over. The have 290 animals including black and grizzly bears, lions and tigers, wolves, a camel, bobcat and many others. We were pleasantly surprised to be able to see so many in the middle of the afternoon. Our grandson, age 5, also enjoyed it!

Thank KabinKats
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Great wild animal santuary just 60 min outside Denver. They save animals that have been abused or mistreated and rehabilite them. They have animals like tigers, lions, bears, wolfs, etc. The animals have lots of open land to roam. They have a walkway that is elevated which gives you a great view of all the animals. We got to see 4 brown bears playing together in one of the big water tubs. It was really fun to watch them. They look like they are still expanding. It is great for all members of the family. It was much better than going to the zoo.

1  Thank Gixxer
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

You arrive and walk into the main entrance it has many things from small stuffed animals to t-shirts. There are several guides standing around waiting to help you. The main way to view the animals is a large metal suspended walkway that goes over each animals area...as you walk there is large signs stating what that area is and what animal it is you are looking at ...and it also states how they received those animals and what conditions they were living in ... the best time to view all the animals are either very early in the mourning or late in the day...if you go in the middle of the day and it is too hot the animals are hiding ...the staff was great and there are places to get refreshments and see educational documentaries ...

Thank Clarence I
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

My husband and I are keen wildlife supporters and when we saw the advert for this sanctuary in a magazine in our hotel room in Denver we decided to visit. It turned out to be a great decision as we have had a fantastic day.

We arrived at 10.30 am- and left at 5pm and our time was completely filled. In fact it would have been good to have stayed another couple of hours as the animals were just becoming active at 5pm - but we needed to travel on.

I would encourage you to spend $5 on the brochure that explains the stories behind each animal and how they came to be at the sanctuary. It is a heart-breaking read - but always has a happy ending.

This is NOT a zoo - it is a sanctuary. The animal's welfare comes first - so animals are not forced to be 'on show'. They have access to private areas at all times, they also have access to shade, to cool dens and to natural habitat. Part of the enjoyment is to try and spot the animals - today they were often often in the shade as it was mid 80's - but the tigers were often to be seen in large cool pipes or completely camouflaged in the long grasses.

The animal areas throughout are spotless with plenty of stimulation for play. Watching the bears chasing each other around and wallowing in their cool pools was wonderful.

Being keen photographers this is a fantastic venue for wildlife photography as the majority of animals can be photographed with no fencing in the way.

The Education Centre is excellent - read the posters on the wall, then sit and relax and watch the 3 separate TV screens. You will see the rescue work in action.

The vast majority of animals are outside so do bring/wear appropriate clothing/ sunscreen.

The vast majority of animals can be viewed from the walkway which has ramps at each end - so easy disability/stroller access.

Thank you Pat, family, Staff and Volunteers for all the tremendous work you are doing to give all these animals a better life.

We shall definitely visit again - all the way from the UK!

Thank Ukfetchfan
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