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Colorado: Keensburg- Wild Animal Sanctuary – a rescue centre for big cats and bears

The Colorado Wild Animal Sanctuary is a fascinating place. It is not a zoo but is a rescue centre for exotic animals, rescued from small zoos and private owners who have abused their animals or simply were unable to look after them. You are able to view some of the animals from raised walkways and platforms – other areas are large enclosures which you can only really see from a distance. There are a tremendous amount of animals here – we counted over 70 tigers alone, each with its own sad story. Some of the tigers are in pairs in small enclosures, but over time they are given the social skills to live in an environment with other tigers and they are released into much larger enclosures. The tiger population here now includes some of the confiscated animals from Joe ‘Tiger King’ Exotic’s zoo.

As well as tigers there are African lions, leopards, mountain lions, wolves and bears. These are all taken care of through the dedication of the staff and donations – the running cost is over $1 million a year. Jack and Emily loved the experience and got to see the leopard on the Animal Planet film and the owner of the sanctuary. Emily also made a friend with the owner’s dogs – a friendly pair of boxers.

Planning your visit to the Wild Animal Sanctuary

Address:2999 Co Rd 53, Keenesburg, CO
Telephone:T:(303) 536-0118

DAYS: The Wild Animal Sanctuary is open daily for visitors except for:

New Years Day – Independence Day (4th of July) – Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day

HOURS: Our Sanctuary is open from 9:00 AM to Sunset each day

Admission Fees

Adults (ages 13 to 69) – $50 per adult

Seniors (ages 70+) – $20 per adult

Children (ages 3 to 12) – $30 per child

Children (0-2) – No entry fee

Best time to visit Denver

The best times to visit Denver are April through May and September through October. The city’s shoulder seasons are characterized by comfortable temperatures, fewer tourists and lower accommodation prices than the summer high season. Denver welcomes the majority of its visitors between June and August when the weather is warm and arid; however, the rise in temps also leads to a rise in hotel rates. And despite its proximity to the Rocky Mountain ski areas, the Mile High City sees a drop-off in tourism during the winter months, which means you can score some great deals on rooms here.

Where to stay in Denver


In the Capitol Hill area, this Denver, Colorado hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Colorado State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion and Governor’s Park. Free Wi-Fi is provided in each room.

Featuring a flat-screen cable TV, all of the non-smoking rooms include an iPod docking station and a private bathroom at Patterson Inn. Select rooms feature a spa tub.

A complimentary social hour with free beverages and hors d’oeuvres is served daily between 4 pm and 6 pm at the Patterson Inn. French inspired, this redstone chateau features historic details from the late 1800s.

Denver Center for Performing Arts is less than a 10-minute drive away. Denver International Airport is a 40-minute drive from Patterson Inn.


This bed and breakfast offers three beautiful Victorian decorated guest rooms, one modern decorated room, and a carriage house suite with kitchenette.

Each suite offers all the amenities that will make you feel right at home. Wake to the aroma of a full homemade breakfast cooking. Shower in your private bath supplied with complementary soaps and shampoos.


Set within 1.5 mi of Colorado Convention Center, Ember Hostel in Denver features a garden, as well as free WiFi. Featuring a sun terrace, this property is located near attractions such as Colorado History Museum. The hostel features a hot tub and a 24-hour front desk.

You can play table tennis at the hostel.

Pepsi Center is 2.4 mi from Ember Hostel, while Molly Brown House is 1.1 mi from the property. The nearest airport is Denver International Airport, 25 mi from the accommodations.

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