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
Tigers Malachi & Marilyn enjoying a KOTW snow day!
Tigers Malachi & Marilyn enjoying a KOTW snow day!

To our generous friends and supporters,

The last time we caught up with you, autumn was beginning to take hold and the holidays were upon us. I hope that everyone was able to enjoy a safe and happy season!

Over the past few months, Keepers of the Wild has had a lot of good going on! Our brand-new, on-site Santiago Animal Clinic was officially opened, and we have already begun utilizing it to care for the animals.

Our first big cat patient was Mercury, a 17-year-old Bengal tiger, presenting signs of an injured front paw. Our team immediately notified the park veterinarian, Dr. Angone, who, with the help of her assistant and five additional Keepers crew members, was able to successfully x-ray the paw, as well as to conduct a thorough physical including blood samples- all right there at the sanctuary. What an experience! Watch the video here: Mercury's X-ray and Wellness Check

We are so proud and delighted to be able to administer this type of immediate, high-quality medical care to our animal residents, both big and small. We would never be able to accomplish such a monumental achievement without the support of our work by kind and generous people like you. Your love and concern for the welfare of wild animals are directly impacting not just the animals currently in our care, but the ones who have not yet arrived. You should feel as proud as we do!

Other big news includes the purchase and placement of park signs throughout the grounds. For years, our onsite gift shop has been issuing park maps to guests that typically ended up becoming park litter or trash. Not cool! The maps also had the tendency to become confusing, as new animals arrived or others were moved to another habitat; it was too costly to continue updating and printing new maps, so we went to work on brainstorming ideas to negate these pesky park map issues.

Keepers’ Founder and Executive Director, Jonathan Kraft, decided that with the placement of park signs, not only would guests no longer need paper maps, but it would also be a nice beautification project for the park grounds as well; a bold, green move. Visitors and Animal Caretakers alike have been loving the new signs which have proven to be a great investment (as well as Instagram-worthy!).

This year, Keepers of the Wild plans to take in at least six large animals including grizzly bears, tigers, and lions, as well as numerous other animals. Some of these plans have been in place for nearly a year but have been delayed due to the continuation of COVID-19 travel restrictions, as the animals are currently located in a zoo outside of the United States. I wish I could share more details with you, but we have been asked not to, just yet. This type of request is common with animal rescues, and we choose to honor the request each time to ensure a smooth and pleasant transfer for the animals. We are hoping that by the end of summer we will be able to transport and receive these magnificent beings. Fingers crossed!

As with every animal rescue, Keepers will not be able to successfully execute these arrangements without the continuation of your faith in our mission and the support of our work. The six large animals will add approximately $100,000 in food and medical bills to our annual budget. That does not include the additional $30,000 for habitat construction and $12,000 for annual enrichment for the six animals. All in all, we expect to spend a minimum of $142,000 to save these animals from the deplorable life they’re living and give them the absolute best quality of life possible, for the rest of their lives.

Raising $142,000 is a big ask (and a big task!), but I know that Keepers of the Wild has some of the most caring and generous supporters around who we can count on to help us save more lives of animals in need; I know we can and will meet this goal together! The kick-off for this fundraiser will be Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in acknowledgment of “Arizona Gives Day”, a state-wide day of giving focused on Arizona-based nonprofits.

Between being awarded the 2020 “Platinum Seal of Transparency” by GuideStar and the 2021 “Vetted” seal by GlobalGiving, along with being rated a 2020 “Top Non-Profit” by Great Nonprofits and being a BBB accredited charity, our donors can always feel confident in and proud of their contributions to Keepers of the Wild.

I look forward to keeping you updated on all the exciting news at Keepers of the Wild this year, including the arrival of new rescues and all the ways your support is directly giving wild animals a brighter future and a chance to live. Imagine how gratifying it will be to see and hear the grizzly bears in their new habitat pool, the tigers stalking through wild grasses for the first time, and the lions bellowing their roars of ownership over their new-found territories… All because of your love and support.

And don’t forget; there are many ways you can help support the animals and work of Keepers of the Wild. Following us on social media and sharing our posts is a fun and easy way to stay informed and help spread the word about what we do. The more people who know about Keepers of the Wild, the more animals we can help save- together.

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

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

New KOTW park signs!
New KOTW park signs!

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Zoe the Bobcat
Zoe the Bobcat

Autumn is that magical time of year when we feel a shift in the air…We start to pull out our favorite sweaters, fill our homes with the warm scents of cinnamon and clove, and gather together to give thanks with the ones we love and hold close to our hearts.

While 2020’s seasonal activities may look and feel different for many of us, I invite you to take advantage of the changes and actively not just explore, but revel in, the beauty of the natural world this autumn. The colorful foliage, crunching of leaves underfoot, brisk air against your cheeks, and of course, the sighting of wildlife, can be an experience unparalleled to anything else. Seeing animals in their natural element is special. We tend to freeze in place and talk in hushed voices as we marvel at the purity of the moment we are witnessing, giving respect to our animal friends and their home. I wish it were always like that…But it isn’t.

Many of our animal rescues come from roadside zoos, show-business, and other deplorable conditions which often sum up to concrete floors to sleep on by night, and small cramped cages to sit alone in their own filth by day. It is a sad and unnatural life for the poor animals who must endure such an existence. At Keepers of the Wild, it is paramount in our goals to provide our rescues with the most natural environment possible to give the animals every advantage to heal, thrive, and know happiness. Our animals do not live in cages on display, but instead in large natural habitats with the freedom to roam, hide, play, and be themselves. Trees, grasses, boulders, and pools all help keep the animals as they should be…In their element. When you visit Keepers of the Wild and take a stroll around the park or hop on a guided safari tour, watching a tiger sunbathe atop her favorite rock, seeing the bears splash together in their pool, and hearing the surrounding wildlife is every bit as magical as happening upon an animal in the wild.

There is still one thing that has not changed this year, and that is our ability to express our thanks with a full heart for all the things that went right. We at Keepers are incredibly grateful for the opportunity and ability to continue to rescue and care for wildlife. We at Keepers are grateful for you, our generous and loyal supporters. Without you, we would not be who we are. Your dedication means everything to us and the animals in our care. Because of you, even in the most challenging of times, we have been able to not just survive but to flourish and grow, creating new opportunities to save the lives of animals in need and to give the utmost care to the ones who already call Keepers home.

Thank you for taking action to support a cause you believe in. We know there are literally a million different organizations you could choose to give your support to, and we feel incredibly fortunate to be the recipients of that generosity and faith.  

As the year comes to a close, there are more opportunities than ever to support the animals you love so much. One such opportunity is Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2020. On this global day of giving, any donation you make online through GlobalGiving will be matched by a percentage by GlobalGiving and other generous organizations and individuals. Giving Tuesday is the perfect opportunity to make an impact and ring in a new year filled with potential.

I hope that in reading this you are reminded of the things and people you are grateful for and feel inspired to fall in love with nature this autumn. Please stay safe, stay well, and stay in touch.

 

Warm wishes for your holiday season,

 

Lara Kraft

Vice President, PR & Social Media Director, Photographer

Kenai & Barney: Black Bear Brothers
Kenai & Barney: Black Bear Brothers
Bug the Leopard
Bug the Leopard
Cindy the Mountain Lion/Cougar
Cindy the Mountain Lion/Cougar
Marilyn the Bengal Tiger
Marilyn the Bengal Tiger
Delilah the Coyote
Delilah the Coyote

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KOTW Animal Clinic Front View
KOTW Animal Clinic Front View

To our generous supporters,

The world has changed a lot since we last checked in and it is my sincerest hope that this will find each of you well and safe as you read about the amazing opportunities your continued support of Keepers of the Wild has created for the animals in our care.

COVID-19 impacted Keepers of the Wild by drastically reducing our monthly income over the past three months. We were lucky enough to experience continuous support from our generous friends and donors who had the best interest of the animals in mind even during their own personal hardships. These acts of kindness helped both to keep us afloat and hopeful about the future of our world.

Last quarter we announced how excited we were to be partnering with US Foods to help save time and money while improving the animals’ diets. This new partnership has proven to be a real winner and we plan to continue it through the foreseeable future. The money we have been able to save on food and products has allowed us to reallocate some funding to the new onsite animal clinic we are in the process of opening.

A building that once served as the original gift shop is now a state-of-the-art veterinary clinic that will help save lives, money, and time while reducing stress on the animals. Currently, it takes precise logistical planning, a strong and knowledgeable crew, various medications, and a one-way transfer trip which takes a minimum of 40 minutes in order to get an animal in need of medical attention to Kingman Animal Hospital. If that sounds like a big task to you, it’s because you’re right- it is! Once the onsite clinic is open, all it will take is the crew, a quick load into a transport, and a two-minute drive up to the animal hospital. Once there, the same incredible crew from Kingman Animal Hospital who has served our animals with the utmost love and technical skill for the past 20 years will provide immediate care. There is even a large public viewing room with a picture window that allows visitors to watch some procedures happening in the operating room for educational purposes!

Every donation we receive on behalf of the animals and mission of Keepers of the Wild is always heartwarming and appreciated but during this uncertain time it means more than ever, and we are grateful to have a strong support base of kind people like you. We look forward to updating you next time with the announcement of the grand opening of the animal clinic and other fun and exciting news you helped make possible.

Wishing you health and happiness until next time,

Lara Kraft

Vice President, Keepers of the Wild

KOTW Clinic Inside: A Work in Progress!
KOTW Clinic Inside: A Work in Progress!
KOTW Clinic: Public Observation Window
KOTW Clinic: Public Observation Window
Black Bears: Barney & Kenai Enjoying Their Pool!
Black Bears: Barney & Kenai Enjoying Their Pool!
Lion: Mazi Hungry for Dinner!
Lion: Mazi Hungry for Dinner!
Ring-Tailed Lemur: Precious Enjoying the Sunshine.
Ring-Tailed Lemur: Precious Enjoying the Sunshine.

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William enjoying his meal
William enjoying his meal

To our generous supporters:

 

At Keepers of the Wild, we hold our organization to the highest standards in regard to the health and mental wellbeing of the animals in our care. Proper nutrition and diet are key to keeping all 130 of our rescued residents happy and healthy--and it isn't cheap...

 

Approximately $45,000 has been our average monthly food budget for many years, something made possible only by the support of generous people like you. This substantial cost is due to providing the animals with individualized diets, offering only high-grade foods fit for human consumption including beef and poultry, and adding vitamins, minerals, and supplements as needed. Our general rule of thumb is that we never feed our animals something we wouldn't offer our human family members, so every donation you give, no matter how small, helps ensure the highest quality of life for the rest of their life.

 

In order to make every dollar stretch, we are always considering new ways to help save money without compromising the quality of care. This quarter, we found a solution we couldn't be happier to share with you: Keepers of the Wild has partnered with US Foods to help cut the cost of food expenses while further improving upon the diets. All food provided by US Foods is top-quality and served in restaurants across the united states. The ability to save on the monthly food budget allows for additional funding for projects such as the new on-site animal clinic we are in the process of opening--a huge win for the animals! Less stress and immediate medical care will make all the difference when an animal is in need.

 

We love. We care. We protect. And YOU make it possible.

Thank you for all you do. We look forward to sharing more updates on how your support continues to make a difference for animals in need.

 

Kind regards,

Lara Kraft,

Vice President

Raccoons sharing a balanced breakfast
Raccoons sharing a balanced breakfast
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Kemalu
Kemalu

Many visitors remark about how happy the animals look at Keepers of the Wild. They witness them at ease and enjoying their environments. I love this photo, Kemalu appears as if he is smiling. There's a look of perfect contentment on his face. 

 

 Kemalu did not look like that upon arrival. Did you know that he was rescued from a failing sanctuary? They did not have enough food on hand to feed any of their animals. Animals were starving and malnourished. Animals were suffering from incredible pain and not receiving medical care. Kemalu was missing most of his tail due to frostbite, from a lack of shelter. 

 

 There are a lot of stories- each of our animal residents has one. Like Bam Bam, she was purchased as a cub and trained to be used in the entertainment industry. Once she was no longer viable for profit, the owner planned to euthanize her. Thankfully, we got to her before he could. And Mazi who lived for over 10 years as a "pet" in a small barren enclosure in a backyard. 

 

Your generosity and commitment to helping animals is what enables us to provide critical care. Your donations feed rescued animals like Kemalu, Bam Bam, and Mazi every single day. So if you think your gift doesn't make a difference, think again. Every donation, large or small, makes a difference and impacts the lives of the animals at Keepers of the Wild.

Thank you so much – on behalf of Kemalu, Bam Bam, and Mazi and all the animals we serve – for believing in second chances. We couldn't do this without you.

 

Bam Bam
Bam Bam
Mazi
Mazi
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Location: Valentine, AZ - USA
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Lara Kraft
Valentine, AZ United States
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