Charity of the week
Founded in 1980, the Wild Animal Sanctuary (wildanimalsanctuary.org) rescues endangered and exotic animals and cares for them in its Colorado refuge, where they live in forested and other natural landscapes. The staff travels throughout the U.S., South America, and the world rescuing carnivores that have been abandoned, abused, or kept illegally in zoos or as pets. Once rescued, Wild Animal Sanctuary places each animal group in a species-specific environment, giving them 5 to 100 acres of space to live and roam freely as they would in the wild. With its 789-acre educational facility and 9,684-acre sanctuary, the Wild Animal Sanctuary is the largest carnivore refuge in the world. There are hundreds of animals in the organization’s care, including bears, lions, tigers, and wolves.
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