Habitat – Home – Casa – Abode – Domain; No matter what you call your place of dwelling, I bet it’s really important to you. If you didn’t have it, what would you be missing?? When you get right down to the core of that question the answer is simple: You would be missing your safe space, the place you can be yourself and have privacy from all the craziness of the world.
When you put a wild animal in a zoo, while it’s nice to be able to see them up close, it’s not really a home. People can still poke their faces in at them and they get no privacy. It would be similar to sitting in your home and every person that passes by walks up and checks out what you are doing through your window… creepy!! And what if they knock on the window and try and get you to perform? Yikes!
Worse still, when you put a wild animal in a small cage, they have no ability to choose privacy, they get no exercise, and they can become depressed.
Part of the life we strive to give back to every animal we rescue starts simply with a good home. A place that’s theirs where they have space, freedom, and the thing we take most for granted – the ability to choose privacy. The habitats we build at TWAS are not complete without private dens and as much freedom to roam as possible. While there is so much more that goes into each of the habitats, these essential needs (outside of plenty of food & water) are met first.
We can’t begin to explain the way it feels when you see an animal realize they can move wherever they want. When they touch real earth and not rebar or concrete for the first time. When you see them run and stretch and play knowing they have never had the opportunity to do any of that. And when they discover they have a private place to go and just… be. I’m getting goosebumps even writing about it!
Each of these habitats takes ALOT of funding and manpower. With your support we can continue to provide the animals with the freedom to roam in large-acreage habitats!
152 is the number of animals TWAS rescued in 2021 alone. And each of these magnificent Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves or other animals requires a well-built Habitat to live the rest of their lives in. That’s where you come in.
Each habitat varies from 10-acre specialized habitats to massive habitats of 250-acres. Many miles of special fencing are required to protect and define each animals’ territory. We create underground dens that stay a cozy 60 degrees all year long for every animal. Wells for drinking and water features are needed, as is the power to operate them along with security cameras and other life safety monitoring systems. Significant amounts of manpower and material goes into the development of each space.
It’s fundamental that we have habitats built and ready for the animals BEFORE they are needed. This way we can always rise to the emergency calls we frequently and inevitably receive throughout the year.
Since 1980, we have always put the animal’s welfare first and work tirelessly to improve their lives. Countless days and hours are spent traveling the country and around the world to free them from the most horrific situations. They are brought back to the Sanctuary or Refuge where they will be cared for and respected for the rest of their days. It’s a truly immense mission that creates immense impact that cannot be achieved without equally immense support. Please become a part of helping us with our mission and the continued building of habitats. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of countless animals.
Wolves are one of the few species that naturally rely on group dynamics to survive. Because of this, it’s only natural that they would seem to do well in captive situations during the beginning stages of their development. Yet, most people mistakenly assume the Wolf’s behavior during these early stages will remain the same as they mature into an adult.
As wolves continue to grow and mature, their needs, perceptions and reactions begin to change. Their need to protect themselves and their family from danger surfaces first. They will attack anyone who isn’t part of their pack. If they escape, they almost always kill all or most of the animals they encounter. Next, their natural instincts will drive them to begin stealing and possessing valuable items. And eventually, their determination to move upwards within the pack hierarchy causes the worst problems. Instead of challenging fellow Wolf Pack members, they have no choice but to challenge their human family members. They start ignoring the children and disrespecting the parents. Without constant and severe dominance interactions, that can cause serious injuries on one side or the other, the alpha humans’ control will not remain intact.
It’s normal for people to romanticize about having a special bond with wild animals. But in reality, it’s nearly impossible for people to adapt their lifestyles to the level and complexity that wild animals require. Our phone and email accounts continue to be flooded with people seeking a new home for their Wolf. The number one reason is because the Wolf escaped and killed one or more of the neighborhood dogs. The second is that the Wolf nipped someone in the family or a friend who came to visit.
Two such Wolves recently came to us from Louisiana: Jacob & Sabo (both adult males). Their domestic situations failed just as miserably as all those before them. We were able to get to them and bring them to the Sanctuary before they were euthanized. Jacob came first and is acclimated and happily playing and running in his large-acreage habitat with a new pack. Sabo is still in the Veterinary Hospital under observation but should soon follow in Jacob’s footsteps.
Thanks to all the amazing Sanctuary supporters, we were able to give Jacob and Sabo a good home! But there are so many more animals like them that still need our help. The more habitats we can build the more animals we can rescue. Please join our battle to end the Captive Wildlife Crisis and help give freedom to animals in need.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a very unique organization with equally unique facilities. We specialize in rescuing AND rehabilitating Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves, and other large carnivores that have come from illegal and/or abusive situations. We are the only organization in the country that gives animals like these wide-open large acreage habitats in which to live and roam freely.
The beautiful female white Tiger you see above was rescued from the facility in Dade City, Florida where people could pay to interact and swim with Tiger cubs. Removed from their mothers at only a day or two of age and forced to interact and swim with paying guests, such abusive treatment was determined to be in violation of the Endangered Species Act. After an illegal journey through a notorious Tiger breeding facility in Oklahoma (Joe Exotic's Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park of The Tiger King series), the Sanctuary was finally able to rescue Pearl. She now lives a wonderful life in a large-acreage habitat with other Tigers—free from human exploitation
To date, nearly 150 animals have been rescued from the so-called stars of the Netflix TIGER KING series. Thankfully, the 141 Lions, Tigers, & Bears that have been rescued, now live and roam freely inside beautiful large acreage habitats at one of our three accredited sanctuaries.
Every time we successfully rehabilitate a new group of Lions, Tigers, or other large carnivores, we then build them a new habitat where they will spend the rest of their lives living in spacious comfort. As the Sanctuary continues to rescue more animals, there is a constant need for new habitats to be built. Today, over 1,000 acres have been developed at our nearly 10,000-acre Refuge. You can be part of this historic effort to transform the lives of rescued animals by contributing toward the Refuge's development. With your help, we can stand ready to help even more of the unfortunate animals that continue to suffer and need our help.
Since the beginning of time, clans, towns, regions and entire countries have gone to war against each other over the slightest verbal insult to the most egregious offense possible. However, with all the lives that are lost before, during and after a war is over, there is little doubt that the people who served for the benefit of others, did so with the greatest of honor.
The Captive Wildlife Crisis is real and there is no denying that it has been a long and arduous battle. Over and over the battle to reduce the number of breeders has raged on. This is an update on both The Refuge and recent rescued animals that have found their home here. Joe Exotic, Jeff and Lauren Lowe and others fought their own personal war via acts of public revenge. Their documented information allowed law enforcement and PETA to prosecute these three individuals as well as Tim Stark and Doc Antle.
To date, we have rescued well over 120 Lions, Tigers, Bears and many assorted hybrids belonging to these Tiger King characters. Many are currently living at The Refuge in spacious habitats. However, in order for us to absorb all or most of the animals that countless other breeders currently have, it will require many more habitat spaces to be created.
Today, nearly 1,000 acres of the nearly 10,000 acres have been developed. The project is moving forward. With your continued assistance, we can bring even more of these majestic animals home!
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