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Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
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Owner description: Spirit of the Hills is a non-profit rescue and home for unwanted, orphaned, or rescued animals. Our Mission: To provide a permanent home for unwanted, abused orphaned and neglected animals. Located in the northern Black Hills of South Dakota, the Sanctuary sits on 200 acres of rocky, forested terrain. It is currently home to over 300 animals of 40 different species including tigers, leopards, bears, African lions, mountain lions, coyotes, lynx, emus and a myriad of domestic animals including goats, sheep, pigs, dogs, cats, llamas, donkeys and horses. Tours are available at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. June 1st - Labor Day. Tours can still be given outside of touring season (weather permitting) by appointment. When the temperature gets higher it's advisable to call ahead to be sure the afternoon tours are still scheduled.
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Unfortunately this place was closed when we came to visit ,we could still glimpse a few animals here and there . It's so great that there are places like this for these animals to go and live out their life . We will try on another visit ,I think it will be well worth the effort.

1  Thank TColeman351
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

This animal sanctuary does no purchase or breed animals for display, they only rescue animals that owners can no longer care for. You can see that the entire staff has a love of animals. Our tour guide called each animal by name and told us why they came to the sanctuary. It was a really neat way to see big cats and bears up close. Make sure you check their website before you go as they only give tours on a limited schedule.

1  Thank smith11952
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Love seeing the big cats up close and personal! You need an appointment, but it's well worth it. Some animals get to roam free, so there is some petting involved! Love it!

Thank frankins9
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

This sanctuary has great volunteers, working to give these animals a better life. Most of the animals are rescued from homes and illegal breeding operations and the staff/volunteers know all about each individual animal. The tour is great and the money goes to help take care of the animals. Come and support this place and the good it does!

1  Thank autumnpuppy
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

When you take a tour here, you can easily tell that the staff truly enjoy their jobs. It's great to see people who care taking care of animals that were oftentimes just left for dead. If you take the tour during the heat of the summer though, be sure to bring plenty of water as it can seem more like hiking that a leisurely zoo stroll.

1  Thank DarkSasquatch2
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