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“A Wildlife Lover's Perfect Day!”

Wild Animal Sanctuary
Certificate of Excellence
Denver, CO
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A Wildlife Lover's Perfect Day!”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

My husband and I were entertaining guests over the holidays and decided to take them to the Wild Animal Sanctuary. What a great decision. Our friends have two younger boys (ages 5 and 8) who also enjoyed their day at the Wild Animal Sanctuary. Upon paying admission, we were greeted by a volunteer who gave us a little background information on the sanctuary and handed us each a booklet which included information about all the animals living on their grounds. The rest of the day we spent admiring the animals while walking around on elevated walkways. The sanctuary is home to lions, tigers, bears, and many other types of animals that have been rescued from inhumane situations within zoos, circuses, and private homes. Here they are free to roam the land and live a wonderful life. Pets are not allowed at the sanctuary. I would suggest taking your sunglasses, sunscreen, a camera, and binoculars. We visited during the winter months and hope to return again in the late spring when some of the water features are up and running. The sanctuary is completely dependent upon donations and the price of admission. I felt good knowing that my money was going towards such a great cause.

Visited December 2013
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Glastonbury
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39 reviews
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“a great setting”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Just a short drive from Denver, the sanctuary allows viewing of magnificent wild animals in a non zoo like setting. The lions, tigers, bears, coyotes, and various other species are very impressive.

Visited November 2013
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Vernon Hills, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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“Worth the Drive for Lions, and Tigers, and Bears”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

We have visited the sanctuary several times in the past 4 years. There is nothing that compares to a lion's roar from a distance. The humane treatment and the ability to view these incredibly lucky animals is worth the drive.

This is not a zoo. Do NOT bring dogs or other pets with you. Don't expect to guaranteed a view of all the animals because the sanctuary actually gives these animals room to roam. The areas are wide spread and I suggest you bring binoculars if you have them. The Wild Walkway gives you the best chance for a siting, but take your time and you should be able to see several beautiful creatures living a really good life, even though it is in captivity. There is a food stand at the far end of the Walkway also.

Bring money. There is an entrance fee of $15 for adults, and 7:50 for children 3-12. You should also plan to help support the sanctuary by shopping for food and goodies in the gift shop. The work they do is absolutely worth our support.

Take the time to view the video which explains the sanctuary and how it started. It is humbling to see the kindness shown to these animals.

Children will learn wonderful lessons from this visit, and as adults, we return every year to see the improvements that are constantly in progress. Again, this is not a zoo so expect to see normal behavior from these animals. They are the lucky ones.

Visited May 2013
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Bertram, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“I can't stop talking about this place”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

This is a must see place. It's not fancy and not prettied up like some zoos. It is a place for these animals to live as naturally as possible. The walkway is just over a mile long and although my new knee handled it well, the family decided I should ride back from the giftshop so a wheel chair was provided. Hearing the stories of how the animals are rescued and transported here is overwhelming. There is a good work going on here, and I will be making donations for them to continue. Please go and see just how big a tiger really is, and how black is a panther. And feel the vibration in your body when a lion roars - nothing like it on television. We were told these animals have no natural predators over their heads so they would ignore us. It was great to see them eating and playing, and the bears making one last pass before hibernation. Very impressive.

Visited November 2013
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Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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“Why did we wait so long to see this magnificent place! A MUST SEE!”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

We visited the sanctuary just last month and we can't stop recommending this to everyone we run into. To start with this facility is so well organized and the animals are so at home here once they get adapted to their new home. They start by explaining some history and what you will see and why some animals are separated for a while from the big areas. We saw many lions, tigers, panthers, mountain lions, black bears, brown bears, various kinds of wolfs and some kodiak bears that just recently arrived. One weighing in at 1800lbs. The whole experience is just so amazing. You are on a elevated walk way above the animals where you can see them very we'll, but still don't disturb them. The walk way is made to handle wheel chairs. The walk way is a mile long and goes through a covered building known as the cat house, that has a snack bar and tables to rest. When we were there, just outside 3 younger lions were putting on quit a growling show over a rabbit that was just on there other side of the fence. These animals are beautiful and we were very awestruck by them and immediately wanted to help. The facility continues to try and buy more land, if it wasn't for these kind of places these animals would not survive. Please go and help support this great effect with your admission fee! You will not be disappointed at all.

Visited October 2013
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