MISSION & HISTORY
Our 789-acre Keenesburg Site
The sanctuary was designed and built with specialized areas that help rehabilitate newly-rescued animals prior to their being released into large acreage natural habitats. Each area and its related facilities are designed for specific species since not all animals can be rehabilitated the same way.
One such area is our centralized compound, which is used as a receiving area for new tiger and mountain lion rescues. It's specifically designed sections allow animals to recuperate and adjust to their new surroundings. The rehabilitation process for newly-rescued tigers and mountain lions begins here with special enclosures and playgrounds that help build confidence and prepare the animals for living in large habitats.
This unique 7,000-square-foot temperature-controlled round-house is a primary staging area for newly-rescued Tigers that need to go through our unique rehabilitation process. Tigers are kept in more traditional caging at first to help minimize the shock of moving, as well as to keep from overwhelming their senses by fully immersing them with other animals right from the start.
During the initial stages of their rehabilitation, each Tiger is allowed to build relationships with other Tigers and also interact in the large playground on a regular basis. Eventually, we end up with a group of Tigers that are confident in large spaces and enjoy living together. These cohesive groups are then able to move into a large acreage habitat of their own.
Our monumental "Mile Into The Wild Walkway" stretches over 1 1/2 miles in length and gives visitors unprecedented views of more than 520 lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other large carnivores roaming freely in natural habitats.
The walkway connects our 48,000 sq. ft. Welcome Center at the north end of the property, to the 15,000 sq. ft. Bolivian Lion House located in the middle, and then to our Education Center and enclosed Rest Area at the southern end of the property. We will continue to expand our network of catwalks and decks over new habitats for many years to come.
With so much space and so many options, there are many opportunities for both in-house fundraising events, as well as private party/seminar/training events to take place. There are endless possibilities for people to combine their love of the Sanctuary with their own company or personal/private events, which can be booked with the help of the Sanctuary's Events and Hospitality Director.
Our extremely large habitats allow the animals to run free, play and relax with others of their own species.
Our natural spaces allow the Tigers and Bears to swim in numerous lakes and ponds.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary is Accredited by The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) and the American Sanctuary Association (ASA).
The Sanctuary is also a Top Rated Non-Profit Organization and is vetted by the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator and Great Non-Profits.
Our organization has been in operation for more than 40 years and is the largest and oldest Carnivore Sanctuary in the World.