Afternoon trip: Wild Animal Sanctuary

Monday morning, Elisabeth and I ventured over to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenseburg, Colorado.

This place is impressive. You can tell that the people who run it genuinely care about the animals. When you arrive, you enter the main building/gift shop where you go over the rules of the sanctuary. There is a mile-long bridge that you walk on to view all of the animals. While walking along, you can read about the animals and how they ended up at this sanctuary. There are a lot of animals: lions, tigers, bears (oh my), wolves, mountain lions, lynx, leopards. With so many animals you are bound to see something.

While we were there, we got to see a male lion roar. We think he was roaring at a tiger but we weren’t positive. The tigers and lions were probably my favorite animals at the sanctuary. They’re just such gorgeous, elegant creatures. There is a snack area at the end of the bridge so you can rest and regain some energy before heading back the same way.

The day we went, there was a lot of wind and it was pretty cold so we didn’t stay out as long as we probably would have on a warmer day. So if you plan on going (which you should), plan ahead and go on a day where there is some sun and low wind speed. It’s very pleasant to just watch the animals, no matter what the weather is like.

I suggest bringing a pair of binoculars when you go. Although there are a few big ones on the bridge, it would be nice to be able to see the animals up close no matter where you are.

Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $7.50 for kids 3 to 12. Although it is a bit pricey, you can stay as long as you want. There are videos you can watch about the animals and the sanctuary. And you can buy a guide book (I believe for $5) which gives you more information on frequently asked questions. I skipped the book this time around but I think it would be a good purchase for families. It’s a fun, and very caring place. You can tell the sanctuary puts a lot of thought and effort into providing these animals with great homes and space. And that’s the most important part of this place. Go check it out!

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