Wild Animal Sanctuary

I recently saw this picture on Stern.de:

At first I couldn’t figure out what it was, but then I read the caption:
Keenesburg/Colorado, USA. Noch feiern die Amerikaner zwar nicht Erntedank, Truthahn gibt es für den Löwen aber trotzdem schon. Der gerupfte Vogel wird dem Tier im Wildtier-Schutzgebiet serviert, in dem rund 290 Löwen, Tiger, Bären, Wölfe und andere große Fleischfresser leben. Das Gelände ist das älteste und größte seiner Art in den USA.
That more or less means:
“Although Americans aren’t celebrating Thanksgiving yet, the lions already have turkeys. The bird is being served in a wildlife reserve area, in which around 290 lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other large meat-eaters live.  The reserve is the oldest and largest of its kind in the USA.”

I noticed the Keenesburg, Colorado part and I realized that it was talking about a wildlife reserve where my dad volunteers sometimes (he’s a veterinarian). I found their page online and it’s pretty interesting. I thought I was going to just look at it for a minute, but there’s so much information that I spent about an hour there, and now I’d really like to go visit the facilities next time I’m in Colorado. You can check the website out here if you want: The Wild Animal Sanctuary. (It’s also got more information if you’re interested in visiting).
My dad also mentioned that the reserve has trouble keeping things running since it’s a pretty expensive type of place to operate. We always complain that our two cats (aka Our Little Crap Factories) are expensive to maintain, but I can’t imagine how much it must cost to keep a bunch of wild tigers, panthers, and bears.

I considered making a donation, although when I checked it out more I saw that they also have an online gift shop, and the products are pretty cool (I like this picture of a lion that looks eerily similar to 1980s Steve Perry, and the lion in this poster reminded me a bit of our old cat Cucho… with Steve Perry Lion behind him). Even better, the proceeds from online purchases are tax deductible and support the Sanctuary. Or, if you’re so inclined, I think it seems like a good place to make a donation. I myself bought an item in the store and made a donation to help out the Wild Open Spaces project today. That’s a program to buy land surrounding the reserve to expand it and build the “Mile into the Wild Walkway.” It seems like a great idea because it combines animal protection and expanded open space, both of which I strongly support. It’d be cool if you’d consider it, too. Thanks!

That’s all for the moment, but now that I’ve asked for your help, in a few minutes I’ll put up a link that may help you!
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