O U R P R O G R A M S
LONG-TERM ANIMAL CARE PROGRAM:
Our Animal Care Program includes all expenses associated with providing long-term care for our animals. Care expenses including food, supplies, veterinary care, enrichment, staff, habitat maintenance and new habitat construction.
We currently provide care to over 150 animals, of which 40 are classified as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. These animals include a jaguar, lion, tigers, leopards, cougars, primates, wallabies, wolves , reptiles, birds, hoof stock and a variety of indigenous wildlife. Most have been neglected, abandoned or abused and are therefore allowed to live out the rest of their lives being well cared for.
Keepers of the Wild adheres to a strict “no-breeding” policy.
ANIMAL RESCUE PROGRAM:
We collaborate with and provide rescue services to:
1.) Local, State, National and International Law Enforcement & Animal Welfare Agencies who confiscate exotic animals from illegal or abusive situations.
2.) Private owners that come to the realization that exotic animals are not pets.
Being many of our animals were acquired from the private sector and entertainment industry, we have a strong focus on preventative measures. We distribute educational materials and information through a variety of outreach methods including direct mail, newsletters, e-alerts and social media.
Our website provides a variety of information including an online “Learning Center" as well as a variety of animal issue fact sheets.
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.
Additionally, we are collaborating with several organizations to get legislation passed to stop the use of exotic animals in traveling circuses and exhibits.
What are we aiming to accomplish?
Keepers of the Wild provides a life-long home and true sanctuary to all the animals it rescues.
Through education and public awareness we seek to alleviate all animal suffering and help eliminate use of wild animals as pets and their exploitation in show business.
To help fulfill this mission, our three-fold goals are:
1) Set new standards for the ethical treatment of exotic and wild animals.
2) Educate the public about exotic and wild animals.
3) Advocate for the protection from illegal breeding and pet trade that perpetuates a cycle of exploitation of these animals.
2. What are our strategies for making this happen?
Strategies we have implemented:
Being many of our animals were acquired from the private sector and entertainment industry, we have a strong focus on preventative measures through education. Keepers of the Wild promotes greater compassion, respect, and justice for animals through a variety of educational outreach methods including on-site tours, educational materials distributed through emails, a monthly e-newsletter, social media sites and direct mail.
Collaboration with several organizations to get legislation passed to end the exotic pet trade and the use of exotic animals in traveling circuses and exhibits.
3. What are our organization's capabilities for doing this?
The commitment of the founder, assistant director, staff and volunteers is a testament to the capability of achieving positive outcomes.
Keepers of the Wild has an 21 year history of steady growth and accomplishments. We have created a diverse and sustainable fundraising strategy that is flourishing and promises significant growth in the coming years.
4. How will we know if we're making progress?
Our progress is indicated in multiple ways including the well-being of the animals in our care, USDA inspection reports, continued growth of supporters and outreach results, operations without a financial deficit, fundraising results, the results of individual marketing campaigns, reviews and ratings, and park attendance. We also can assess progress through visitor satisfaction levels. Visitors and volunteers to the sanctuary are a testament to the impact we are making by complimenting us on the condition of our animals and sanctuary.
5. What have we accomplished so far?
Keepers of the Wild has built a solid reputation throughout its 21 year history. We have rescued and provided a life-long home to hundreds of animals and assisted in the rescue or placement of thousands of animals throughout the years. Keepers of the Wild is an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and was awarded a National Charity Seal for meeting the highest standards of charity accountability from the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. Keepers of the Wild has built a base of loyal supporters, been the recipient of numerous commendations and awards for excellence in animal care and earned the highest ratings with charity watchdogs including Charity Navigator and Guidestar.
The sanctuary, which started operating in Las Vegas, NV in 1995, relocated to Mohave County, Arizona more than 13 years ago. First at White Hills, AZ on 32 acres of land and then moved to Valentine, AZ where we are currently located on 175 acres of land.
Keepers of the Wild is currently home to approximately 150 animal residents. Most of these innocent animals were rescued from lives of neglect, exploitation and /or abuse but can now live the remainder of their lives being cherished and well cared for. New arrivals and long-time residents all benefit from the highest level of care on a daily basis. We ensure all animals have fresh water, nourishing food and supplements, medical care, enrichment toys, clean comfortable shelters and spacious natural habitats.
Keepers of the Wild has stability, we have gone from a $40,000 annual income to over 1.5 million annually. Our current property, buildings, vehicles, and equipment are all paid for. With the enormous on-going expenses of animal care, this is a major accomplishment that secures the future of all of our current and future animal residents.
This magnificent sanctuary has grown into a successful world-renowned educational and animal awareness facility. Visitors come from all over and range from local residents to national and international visitors.
Keepers of the Wild’s children’s book, "My Sanctuary, A Place I Call Home: Keepers of the Wild", exposes some of the issues that surround wildlife in captivity including animals in entertainment, canned hunts, and the exotic animal pet trade. This book is being introduced to schools which are readily ordering it and adding it to their curriculum. Soon after its release, the book was added to the Accelerated Reader book list.
Keepers of the Wild is well known for its efforts for the welfare of animals but we also provide valuable benefits to the human race including:
1.) Provide educational and recreational opportunities to thousands of visitors every year.
2.) Afford opportunities to gain experience that is valuable to students pursuing a profession in the following fields: Veterinary Medicine, Biology, Zoology, Veterinary Technician, Wildlife Management, Environmental Sciences, Small Animal Management, and Wildlife Rehabilitation
3.) Serve as an information and referral source to the general public and animal welfare groups. Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9AM to 5PM daily to answer incoming calls and emails to help assist with nuisance wildlife, injured and abandoned wildlife, nutrition, habitat construction, medical referrals, exotic animal escapes and exotic animal placements.
4.) Accommodate animal lovers and court-ordered community service workers with an opportunity to work at the sanctuary. Working with abused animals in this non-traditional setting, we hope to instill compassion, respect, values, ethics, responsibility and accountability to volunteers and community service workers who participate. Helping animals that have suffered, they experience the internal reward of feeling appreciated and a sense of accomplishment.
5.) Support various community causes and national charities by providing free admission to the sanctuary.
Charities & Community Causes Supported by Keepers of the Wild
Toys For Tots
Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center Auxiliary
Boys and Girls Club
Child Crisis Center
YMCA (The Y Angels)
Sarah’s House Foundation
AZ Children’s Association
Mesquite High School Special Education
AZ Mastiff Rescue/Canine Rescue Coalition
JDRF (Diabetes Foundation)
Mohave Livestock Association
Seligman Historical Society
Lingenfelter/Creative Care Foundation
St. John Bosco Catholic School
St. Mary Catholic Church
AZ Governor’s Conference on Tourism
Hualapai Elementary School (Parent Volunteer Association)
O’Leary’s Bike Night
Chloride Historical Society
Gilbert School District
MASK (Mother Awareness School Age Kids)
KRMC Hospice Relay for Life
Mohave County Library
EAA Young Eagles
Ark Early Childhood Learning Center
Valley Hotel and Resort Association
Sons of American Legion 14
Helping Hands for Copper Basin Bible Camp (CBBC)
Emmanuel Christian Academy
Chamber of Commerce (Graham County)