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Feb 16, 2018

Project Report Update #1

Thank you for sharing your love with the animals!
Thank you for sharing your love with the animals!

First of all, THANK YOU for your compassion and support of the animals at Keepers of the Wild.

I  am so excited to share the results of our fundraiser "Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona - #30422" that launched on #GivingTuesday 2017.

A grand total of $20,691 was raised for animal food in 2017. You helped us raise a staggering $19,733 within 24 hours on #GivingTuesday! Out of 4000 competing projects, Keepers of the Wild finished in 6th place.  We were the only animal welfare organization to finish in the top 40. INCREDIBLE!!! Your support went a long way to provide food for over 150 rescued wild and exotic animals that call Keepers of the Wild home. 

As you know, food and care expenses are an on-going expense and this fundraiser will remain active on GlobalGiving.

Again, we are so thankful for your continued support to provide the best for these deserving animals. We also know that we will be able to count on our donors and supporters to continue to trust us to provide life-long homes to the animals that are currently here. We thank you for continuing to believe in our mission.

 

Sincerely,

Nichole Walls

Keepers of the Wild

 




Nov 6, 2017

Flood Damage Repair Update

Repair Work
Repair Work
Keepers of the Wild Nature Park was designed to accommodate the sometimes large volumes of rain. Heavy duty culverts were installed underneath our roadways to allow rainwater to flow from one area to another. However, this was the worst monsoon season we have ever experienced.
 
The monsoon season arrived three weeks later than normal. When the storms finally arrived the first one caused extensive road damage to the park. We were able to repair the roadways and re-opened the park to visitors the following day. The following week another large storm settled into the mountains above the park. A natural "dam" on a hillside above one section of the park had been saturated by the first storm and collapsed to divert rushing water onto roadways in areas outside of our normal storm-water channels. As a result, the park's roadways suffered major damage. Over 100 tons of material was required to rebuild the roads. Fortunately for the park, there are several quarries nearby that had material on hand for delivery.
 
Keepers of the Wild is also fortunate to have received the expert help and assistance donated by Kingman Landscape Maintenance. KLM owner Christ Burkett donated his Bobcat and operator (Luis) to assist our staff members in rebuilding and repairing the roadways. Our staff members went into action to remove vegetation debris that built up as a result of the flood waters. Board of Directors member Jim Woods contributed his knowledge as a geologist in evaluating the damage and future storm-water diversion plans.
All repairs were completed and the sanctuary was able to re-open. Thank you so much for your donation toward the "Flood Damage Relief Fund". We could not have done it without you!

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Aug 9, 2017

Project Update

Decara- July 27, 2017
Decara- July 27, 2017

New Home for Decara!

Decara arrived at Keepers of the Wild in October along with 7 other big cats. His former home at Spirit of the Hills, South Dakota had their license revoked by the USDA.

 

Since his arrival we have learned that he had a domestic dog as a companion when he was young. As he grew the dog was moved to another location and Decara lived a solitary life. We do not know the memories that Decara brought with him of his former home. He developed a new relationship with the lions Annika and Kemalu during their quarantine period. They are all neighbors in the newly constructed habitats and enjoy daily "roar-off" contests where their voices may be heard throughout the park.    

 

It was exhilarating for staff members to release Decara into his new habitat early February. He explored and moved throughout the habitat, marked his territory boundaries and lay down on his observation platform to take an enjoyable nap in the sunshine. See the video of his release.

 

Decara has bonded with Jonathan Kraft (our Founder and Executive Director). When Jonathan goes out to visit, Decara comes over to the fence and vocalizes in friendly conversation with him. Decara is a magnificent individual who delights sanctuary visitors.

Thank you for helping make this all possible! This project is complete and will now be deactivated. Please see our new project link:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/flood-damage-relief-fund/

 

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Decara the Lion 7/27/2017
Decara the Lion 7/27/2017

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