Protect Animals During Sanctuary Expansion

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Target:  Pat Craig, Wild Animal Sanctuary Executive Director

Goal: Carry out planned expansion of a wild animal sanctuary without any harm to the animals inhabiting the park

A 720-acre wild animal sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, has been serving as a refuge for hundreds of exotic species, including lions, tigers, and bears. This wild animal sanctuary is also a popular visiting site for people who want to support the animals and enjoy the sanctuary environment, and the park has only been increasing in popularity over the years. Due to the desire to accommodate the increasing popularity of the sanctuary, and the expressed wishes of visitors to stay overnight in the park, the sanctuary officials are looking into expanding the park to accommodate the park visitors. However, the safety and livelihoods of the wild animals in the sanctuary should be of the highest priority when making these expansion plans.

The animals in the sanctuary are mainly refuge animals rescued from areas around the world. These animals are rehabilitated, and then released in the sanctuary to live their lives peacefully in the vast wild environment. The park features elevated walkways to allow visitors to walk through the park without interfering with the animals inhabiting the sanctuary.

Although planning and state approval of the expansion is still taking place, some ideas for the expansion include building a welcome center, convention center, and RV parking lot. Since the expansion projects are estimated to cost millions, the sanctuary officials are looking into securing government funding for the projects instead of using money donated to the sanctuary animals.

By signing the petition below, you are requesting that the planned expansion of the wild animal sanctuary to accommodate visitors be carried out with the animals’ welfare as the top priority. It is nice that the sanctuary is popular with visitors who wish to stay overnight at the park, but the animals that live in the sanctuary should be kept in mind when planning the park expansion.


Dear Pat Craig,

It is great news that in addition to serving as a refuge for hundreds of rescued animals from around the world, the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, also serves as a popular visiting spot for people to come and enjoy the wildlife. Animals are able to rehabilitate and then live peaceful lives within the sanctuary, while visitors are able to come and enjoy the wildlife.

In regards to the expansion of the sanctuary, please keep in mind the ultimate mission of the park to serve as a sanctuary for wild animals, and to ensure that these animals’ livelihoods are not hampered in any way by the expansion. Although it is nice that the sanctuary visitors want to stay overnight at and hold events, such as wedding ceremonies, at the sanctuary, the welfare of the wild animals should maintain the top priority.


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  1. For God’s sake, people, quit allowing HUMAN desires to override what’s in the best and highest interests of the OTHER species, period! I’d suggest you’re not really invested in the true welfare of rescued and rehab’d animals if you’re willing to forgo that in favour of what the human public selfishly wants. Ask your HEART what the right way to go is, and follow that instead!

  2. Karen Remnant says:

    Surely the only expansion should be to the area the animals live in? The needs of the animals easily outweigh the ‘needs’ of the human!

  3. When the animals are happy and comfortable, EVERYBODY is happy and comfortable …

    All good will flow from there.

  4. Catherine Alquier says:

    Please always take in mind what is best for the wild animals, they are so few now.

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