Address: 1946 County Road 53, Keenesburg, CO 80643 (near Denver and Boulder).
See details on the official website, see further below.
Roughly ca. 30 mi / 50 km north-east of Denver — ca. 45 minutes drive time
For your visit you should calculate a minimum of 2-3 hours.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary
The organization exists to rescue and provide a permanent home for wild animals that have been abused, abandoned, displaced, and neglected.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a public non-profit organization, and as such, relies on the generosity and compassion of the people who choose to visit the Sanctuary and support its mission.
— Pat Craig, Executive Director
Visitors arrive at the Welcome Center which has ample of parking space. The Welcome Center is the start and end point of your self-guided tour through the sanctuary. After paying your admission which is a main funding source for the organization a volunteer will give you an introduction to the sanctuary, their work, and how you navigate the habitats. You are also asked to watch a movie on a huge screen right in the entrance area. That is a very informative video which gives some information you probably did not know before. From there on you are good to go: an elevated walkway allows you to walk ca. 30 ft above the habitats.
Animals barely take notice of visitors when they are up that high on the walkway — that allows to watch the animals without disturbing their life.
Along your way visitors will meet volunteer docents who are knowledgeable and know the animals by their name — they can answer your questions or can tell you the animal’s life-story.
Currently approx. 350-400 animals found a new life-long home at The Wild Animal Sanctuary.
Restrooms can be found at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of the walkway. The walkway is not a loop which means you will go back the same way you came — that’s a second chance to see the animals.
Website: Wild Animal Sanctuary
The Welcome Center is also a gift shop. In the Bolivian Lion House you can buy snacks and drinks. At the other end of the walkway you’ll find the Education Center with large TV screens that play educational videos and rescue videos.
Watch on YouTube: www.youtu.be/fLF-LhhHnr8