Monday, September 17, 2012

The Wild Animal Sanctuary

A couple weekends ago, the Buxton family visited the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the oldest and largest nonprofit sanctuary in the United States dedicated exclusively to rescuing captive exotic and endangered large carnivores.   Although, the Wild Animal Sanctuary has been in operation for over thirty one years, it was not open to the visiting public until 2003.
Because large carnivores do not consider the air above them to be part of their territory, visitors to the Wild Animal Sanctuary view the animals from a series of elevated walkways and decks.
 It was quite hot on the day we went, and a lot of the animals were sleeping.
In fact, I don't we saw a single tiger who wasn't lying down!
Although some of the lions were just as lazy...
others were up...  
and moving about. 
The black bears were also fairly active. 
Most of the wolves were sleeping, but not this guy. 
So handsome! 
James and I watched this big Grizzly dig a hole.  We're not sure what he was looking for. 
Wolf pack. 
I really, really love the Wild Animal Sanctuary, and I look forward to going back on a cooler day! 
August 2012

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