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“A wild animal refuge, not a zoo”

Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
Ranked #3 of 21 things to do in Red Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is the only public refuge in Montana to house native animals that cannot be returned to the wild due to injury or habituation to humans. We care for over 40 animals and birds, many placed here by Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, including wolves, mountain lions, black bears, bison, elk, bobcat, fox, coyote, eagles, hawks, owls and many more. The sanctuary offers visitors an unparalleled chance to learn about these and other animals by observing them at close range and through interpretive displays.
Rocky Mts.
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39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A wild animal refuge, not a zoo”
Reviewed January 1, 2012

The most scenic spot in the area. The grounds are a riot of color in the summer, the mountain views are splendid year around and the animals are active in the spring and fall. I cringe when people describe it as a "zoo" which it most definitely is not. It is a place for injured or orphaned animals to be rehabilitated or given sanctuary for the rest of their lives. When you visit adults will learn and enjoy; children will be positively enthralled!

Visited August 2011
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Linden, New Jersey
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67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Slightly disappointing zoo”
Reviewed August 4, 2011

We visited on a hot weekday afternoon, and not many of the animals were up and about. Many of the animals' cages seemed a bit small. Still, this was as close as you're likely to get to a coyote and a few other species not often seen in zoos.h

Visited July 2011
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Reno, Nevada
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734 reviews
306 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Worth seeing once”
Reviewed June 25, 2011

Nice to see, but not easy to view and photograph. Highlight was the feeding of Lewis and Clark, bears were hard to view.

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Edmonton, Canada
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fun afternoon”
Reviewed March 28, 2011

Spent the better part of the afternoon strolling around the grounds. Able to get fairly close to the animals, so you can really see them. You have to stop by and see "Poe" the talking crow. It's really amazing. It's cool how each enclosure has a sign about the animal and how it got to the center. Staff was great and answered lots of our questions. Stop by the information center in town to pick up a brochure that has a $1.00 off coupon for up to 6 people. Excellant value and lots of fun.

Visited March 2011
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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96 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Beartooth Nature Center - not your ordinary sanctuary!”
Reviewed July 7, 2009

The Beartooth Nature Center is the only public refuge in Montana to house native animals that cannot be returned to the wild due to injury or habituation to humans. They care for about 60 animals. There's a minimal fee for entry but you won't be disappointed. Each animals habitat has a sign that described the story behind the animal. The Nature Center has bought other land which would provide for an even bigger and better space for the animals and would also allow them to care for more animals, however they need to raise the money to build and move the animals.
This place shouldn't be missed if you are driving through Red Lodge on the way to the Beartooth Pass and Yellowstone!

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