Keepers of the Wild promotes greater compassion, respect, and justice for animals through a variety of educational outreach methods including on-site educational presentations and tours, an "On-line Resources" page with information and fact sheets regarding captive wildlife issues and our children's book.
Keepers of the Wild conducts a series of educational programs throughout the year. "Keepers Klassroom" is held in our new “Education Center” (our former gift shop building). Standard park admission includes program activities.
Educational tours are conducted year-round and offered 3 times per day, 6 days a week. Our educational tours and presentations are designed to enhance an individual’s knowledge regarding the plight of exotic and wild animals in captivity and in the wild. Our tours include a variety of topics including, species specific facts, endangered species, habitat conservation, how to co-exist with indigenous wildlife, why these animals should not be kept as pets and the abuse and exploitation of animals used in the entertainment industry and circuses.
We feel strongly the more children know about animals, the more they appreciate them. Education is the key to how future generations will view and live with all creatures.
Animals in Entertainment & Circuses
Exotics as Pets
Children’s Educational Book
We collaborated with children’s book author, Doreen Ingram, to complete a book which exposes some of the issues that surround wildlife in captivity including animals in entertainment, canned hunts, and the exotic animal pet trade.
“My Sanctuary, A Place I Call Home: Keepers of the Wild” features true stories of animals that reside at Keepers of the Wild. The book’s proceeds help support our animal residents.
E D U C A T I O N A L O U T R E A C H
My Sanctuary, A Place I Call Home:
Keepers of the Wild
Elvis, a maneless African lion, tells the story of his life performing in a big cat show. Kept caged when not performing, Elvis and the other big cats are about to leave their cages to now roam a natural enclosure they will call home.
“When I shot a documentary at Keepers of the Wild for a television network, I could see with my own eyes how safe and loved the animals are. But what I couldn’t know, until I read the book, was how the animals themselves see the world through their own eyes. Their excitement and boredom, their satisfaction and discomfort, their joys and fears. If you want a glimpse of the lives of animals from their point of view rather than ours, you can’t do better than “My Sanctuary--- A Place I Call Home.” -Greg Dobbs
“I believe that the majority of children that read this book will understand the message and it will leave a lasting impression on them as masterfully told through the eyes of the animals themselves. I hope schools across the country and in fact the world will have this book available in their school libraries.” -Linda Faso
Elvis, a maneless African lion, tells the story of his life performing in a big cat show.
My Sanctuary, A Place I Call Home: Keepers of the Wild