Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona

by Keepers of the Wild
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Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Help Feed Rescued Exotic & Wild Animals in Arizona
Thor, enjoying sunbathing in his habitat.
Thor, enjoying sunbathing in his habitat.

To Our Generous Friends and Supporters,

 

I can hardly believe it is already 2023!

I hope that you enjoyed your holidays and all the delicious food that typically comes with the season; the animals at the sanctuary certainly did, thanks to you! With over 130 animals currently residing at Keepers of the Wild, we have lots of mouths to feed, both big and small. You may not know this, but it costs approximately $250,000 per year to provide top nutrition and quality foods to the animals in our care. That's a quarter of a million dollars!

This year, we have plans for several new rescues and we are asking for your help to raise funds to continue to provide exceptional care to the wildlife we are dedicated to. As you know, the economy and inflation rates have impacted everyone and our nonprofit organization is no exception. Because we receive no grants or government funding we are solely reliant on the kindness and support of our friends and donors. We are hoping that this year you will help spread the word about Keepers of the Wild and the important work that we do.

Last year, Keepers experienced nearly 20,000 visitors and over 1,000 schoolchildren who visited the sanctuary to learn about wildlife and the issues that are affecting their populations and well-being today. In 2023 we aim to host even more visitors!

Keepers of the Wild has been rescuing, protecting, caring for, and educating the public about captive wildlife since 1995. Let's keep going, together! 

Thank you for all that you do and for all that you have done to help support the animals and mission of Keepers of the Wild. 

Wishing you and yours a very safe, happy, and peaceful year ahead...

 

Lara Kraft

Thor the royal white tiger, happy to be at peace.
Thor the royal white tiger, happy to be at peace.

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Hercules the tiger, enjoying a cool "bloodcicle".
Hercules the tiger, enjoying a cool "bloodcicle".

To our Friends and Supporters,

Summer has officially arrived, and the animal residents are having fun keeping cool.

Warm Arizona months call for lots of extra work from our dedicated staff of Animal Caretakers. Providing clean natural swimming pools, stock tanks, fresh drinking sources, and enrichment activities with the heat in mind, are a primary focus during the day-to-day routine care of the animals.

With approximately 130 animal residents using more water daily during the summer, you can imagine the toll it takes on our already-diminishing well. Global warming has drastically reduced our natural water table and our well is…Well, running dry. You may remember not too long ago, we needed your help raising funds to drill a new well. Because of your strong support, we were able to do that, and it has been a lifesaver, but unfortunately, the new well is also producing less and less water these days. 

In order to avert a disastrous drought at the sanctuary, we recently purchased two 5,000-gallon water tanks that can be serviced by a local potable water company as a backup option. We must ensure the safety and comfort of the animals in our care, at whatever cost. The cost of the new water tank system ran just under $20,000- a big hit during our slow visitor season. Visitors account for roughly half our annual income, and during the slower summer months, we plan our expenses accordingly. Because we are mindful of our budget, we were able to cover the expense and we are asking for your support by donating funds to help replenish the cost of the new backup water system for the animals.

A great way to help support this project is by sponsoring a Legacy Bench. Legacy Benches are a permanent fixture throughout the sanctuary grounds and are placed strategically for park visitors to use in beautiful, prominent areas with fantastic views of the rugged Arizona mountains along Historic Route 66, as well as various animal habitats. By sponsoring a bench, your generous $1,500 contribution will secure a permanent bronze plaque with your chosen wording that will be mounted to a bench. There are 10 available Legacy Benches left to sponsor.

For an example of the bronze plaque and to secure your legacy at Keepers of the Wild today, please visit https://www.keepersofthewild.org/park-bench-sponsorships

On behalf of the animals, thank you for your continued generosity and support. Because of you, Keepers of the Wild has been able to continuously provide exceptional care to captive wildlife in need since 1995.  

New 5,000 gallon water tanks.
New 5,000 gallon water tanks.
Blacks bears Kenai and Barney enjoying a swim.
Blacks bears Kenai and Barney enjoying a swim.
Ruckus the tiger playing in his stock tank.
Ruckus the tiger playing in his stock tank.
Grizzly bear Bam Bam taking a dip in her den tank.
Grizzly bear Bam Bam taking a dip in her den tank.

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Argentina Rescue Update
Argentina Rescue Update

To our generous Friends and Supporters,

Keepers of the Wild has been working diligently for the past two years to rescue 57 lions and tigers from Zoo Lujan, located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The first 10 lions were set to arrive on December 15, 2021, and all the necessary preparations were in place; new habitats were built, others were retrofitted, and transportation from LAX to our Valentine, AZ wildlife sanctuary was planned.

Unfortunately, due to delay after delay in Argentina, the animals have not yet arrived. Factors such as a current heated political climate in Argentina, COVID-19 travel restrictions, and lack of funding have made this rescue an ongoing effort. 

WE AREN'T GIVING UP!

Keepers of the Wild will be continuing to work with Argentina to accomplish this complicated rescue that we have put time, funds, and much effort into achieving. We want to thank everyone who has helped support us and the incoming animals during this journey.

We'll keep you posted with updates!

In the meantime, we have continued to rescue more animals in need of a loving forever home with top-rate care. New additions to the Keepers of the Wild family include:

1 Spotted genet named Munji

1 Geriatric Bengal cat named Angel

1 Spotted skunk named Hisoka

3 Alpacas named Maui, Koha, and Footloose.

All of our new additions were surrendered by a private owner with the exception of Hisoka, the spotted skunk, who came to us by way of local Game and Fish authorities as a small baby. 

The new residents are settling in well and are enjoying their new life at the sanctuary, thanks to your continued support of our mission.

We hope this email finds you well and we look forward to sharing more updates with you soon. Hopefully, by the next report, we will have welcomed the lions from Argentina and will have lots of photos of the animals you have helped rescue and protect.

Kindly,

Lara Kraft

Vice President, Chairwoman

Keepers of the Wild

Hisoka the Baby Spotted Skunk
Hisoka the Baby Spotted Skunk
Munji the Spotted Genet
Munji the Spotted Genet
Angel the Bengal Cat
Angel the Bengal Cat

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Lions from Argentina, courtesy of Enfoque Animal
Lions from Argentina, courtesy of Enfoque Animal

To our generous friends and supporters,

Happy Holidays!

Is it really that time of year already? With so many exciting rescues and expansion happening at Keepers of the Wild this year, the seasons have flown by!

The last time I checked in with you, we had just rescued seven big cats from Tiger King Park as well as numerous other animals. Taking in 20 additional animals to give them permanent homes with access to top care has been a blessing we have you to thank for. Your support of the animals and our mission at Keepers of the Wild is what makes the continuation of our wildlife rescues possible!

The truth is the request to rescue animals from all over the world never ends. Typically, circumstances such as show business, private ownership, or legal action are what creates the need to take in wild animals. Many times, we are an animal’s last hope for survival. Euthanasia or being auctioned off to canned hunts are common ways unwanted animals are “dealt with”.

With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new circumstance that is greatly impacting animals around the globe was added to the list of reasons wild and exotic animals are being unloaded. Some businesses were permanently closed or have been closed for well over a year, impacting their revenue. Such is the case of the “Zoo Lujan” located in Argentina, which is currently undergoing a “reconversion plan” and has agreed to work with Keepers of the Wild, along with “Enfoque Animal”, an Argentina-based animal welfare group, to rehome 57 felines including lions and tigers to our Valentine, Arizona sanctuary over the next year. To learn more please, visit the link provided.

10 lions (female and male) will be arriving before the end of the year from "Zoo Lujan", in Argentina. New habitats are currently being built and a few existing ones are being retrofitted to accommodate our future feline residents. With another significant increase in animal residents, so too, will our operational costs increase. Habitats, food, medical, and staff to care for 10 of these beautiful creatures in need of help will expand our yearly animal care expenditures by approximately $250,000.

Keepers of the Wild is ready and eager to give these magnificent big cats the life they truly deserve…The life of love and freedom that we can give them, but we can only make happen with your heart and generosity behind us. 

You can make the most of your impact by donating on Giving Tuesday, November 30th, 2021. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving focused on supporting vetted, trusted non-profit organizations like Keepers of the Wild. When you donate on Giving Tuesday, GlobalGiving's Incentive Fund will be distributed to participants proportionally based on final fundraising totals, potentially increasing the overall funds raised that day. As always, your charitable gift will be tax-deductible and acknowledged by our organization.

I can’t think of a more meaningful way to round out your year than to directly make a positive difference in the life of someone in need. In this case, 10 lives and counting.

I wish you a very happy, healthy, safe holiday season, and will be looking forward to updating you with photos and details about the new lions from Argentina that you helped rescue! Your continued support is deeply appreciated by all of us here at Keepers of the Wild. 

Warm holiday regards,

Lions from Argentina, courtesy of Enfoque Animal
Lions from Argentina, courtesy of Enfoque Animal

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Rico, experiencing freedom for the first time.
Rico, experiencing freedom for the first time.

To our generous friends and supporters,

I hope this letter finds you well. I am especially excited to share with you all the incredible work that has been done at Keepers of the Wild since we last checked in. Over the past six weeks, Keepers of the Wild has taken in 20 new rescued animals, seven of which are big cats! And you know what? We have YOU to thank. Without your continuous support, we would never have the ability to give a loving forever home with top-notch care to animals who desperately need our help. Thank you!

Whether you binged watched it or chose to skip it all together, by now you’ve heard about the Netflix series “The Tiger King”. We watched it and were deeply troubled by what we saw; it is the epitome of animal exploitation and abuse. Big cats living in a private household, pay-to-play schemes, small cages for the animals to stay in, medical neglect, and physical and emotional abuse are just some of the disturbing issues we saw within the “Tiger King” series. Fortunately, we weren’t the only ones distressed by what we saw at Tiger King Park, and something was finally done to save the poor animals residing there.

Two weeks ago, Keepers of the Wild worked closely with the U.S. Department of Justice and several other accredited sanctuaries to execute a large-scale rescue of 69 endangered big cats at Tiger King Park in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The cats included lions, tigers, lion-tiger hybrid species, and a single jaguar, all of which were removed from Jeff and Lauren Lowe’s Oklahoma facility due to “ongoing Endangered Species Act violations.”

Keepers of the Wild is caring for seven of the 69 cats while the U.S. Department of Justice seeks permanent forfeiture of the animals. The cats will receive the utmost veterinary care, diets, daily enrichment opportunities, and large natural habitats to roam in while at our Arizona facility.

Keepers’ Founder and Director, Jonathan Kraft, had this to say of the rescue: “We are so grateful to have the opportunity to care for these wonderful animals and to work with federal agencies and other accredited sanctuaries to help rescue and protect endangered animals. Thank you to all the sanctuaries involved in this operation, for your professionalism, kindness, and cooperation. It took a skilled team of many people to make this happen.”

We are incredibly proud (and thrilled!) to have been selected as one of the sanctuaries to be involved with this case. Without such a strong support base, Keepers of the Wild would not have been able to handle a rescue of this magnitude. Taking in the seven big cats alone has added over $110,000 annually to our operational costs-and that is just to feed them!

With 16 new animal rescues and more to come, Keepers of the Wild needs your help to continue saving lives and providing lifetime care for animals who fall victim to the captive wildlife crisis. There are three easy ways you can help right now:

  1. Donate to Keepers of the Wild (every little bit helps!)
  2. Support the Big Cat Public Safety Act {H.R. 263} by signing this petition (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/117/hr263/comment)
  3. Spread the word about Keepers of the Wild and our work on social media by following us and sharing our posts.


Thank you again for your love of animals and for your desire to directly make a positive impact in the lives of abused, neglected, abandoned, and retired captive wildlife. Because of your generosity and support, these animals have a second chance at life. A second chance to really live…Free of trauma and pain, and free to do what feels natural and happy each day. For Rico the lion who came from Oklahoma, that meant touching dirt with his paws and scratching his face against a tree for the very first time in his life. Every animal should be so fortunate.

I look forward to sharing about the new animals with you and hope that in the meantime you’ll follow Keepers of the Wild on social media for daily photos, updates, news alerts, and more.

We Love. We Care. We Protect. We are Keepers of the Wild.

Until next time, stay safe, stay well, and stay kind.

Lara Kraft

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