Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center, Inc., DBA The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a 720 acre refuge for large carnivores that have been confiscated from illegal or abusive situations. The Sanctuary is located 30 miles northeast of Denver, Colorado near the town of Keenesburg.

The Sanctuary is currently home to over 335 Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and other large carnivores and provides life‐ long care for its rescued animals. The Sanctuary is the oldest and largest carnivore sanctuary in the United States, having been in operation since 1980.

The Sanctuary is unique in that it provides large acreage natural habitats for its animals to live freely in large social groupings. The facility is open daily to the public for educational purposes and features an elevated “Mile Into The Wild” Walkway that visitors utilize to see the animals in natural habitats.


- The Sanctuary has over 130 Bears, 65 Tigers, 34 Wolves, 56 African Lions, 16 Mountain Lions as well as many other species

- The Sanctuary feeds over 20,000 pounds of food per week at a cost of more than half a million dollars per year

- It takes 20 staff and 115+ volunteers to operate the Sanctuary

- Operating costs for the Sanctuary in 2013 was 6.5 million dollars

- The majority of support for the Sanctuary comes from people all over the U.S. and around the world making donations, or by participating in the Sanctuary’s Adoption and Pledge Programs

- The Sanctuary is open year round 7 days a week – with the exception of major holidays

- The Sanctuary operates a fleet of air‐conditioned vehicles that provide specialized transportation for rescued animals

- The Sanctuary has rescued animals from all but a few states in the U.S. ‐ as well as locations throughout Canada, Bolivia, Panama and Mexico