Sanctuary Rescued

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

One of the country's biggest wild animal sanctuaries in the country is changing its tune and says it will remain open after all.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary, located in Keenesburg, said in August harsh economic realities were forcing it to close. But now the group says a surge in donations, and the difficulty of unloading so many wild animals has sparked a change of heart.

The not-for-profit sanctuary is home to dozens of lions, cougars, leopards, tigers, wolves and bears. Executive Director Pat Craig says supporters are overjoyed the center can remain open.

The recent flood of donations will be used to pay off immediate operating costs and develop a long-range financial plan. The sanctuary is located on 140 acres, about 30 miles northeast of Denver.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary welcomes visitors daily. To learn more, visit

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