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10 Amazing Wild Animal Sanctuaries You Should Support

10 Amazing Wild Animal Sanctuaries You Should Support

Wild animals are often seen in a dangerous light, but they have souls too, many of which are in need of saving. Sanctuaries are dedicated to wild animals for that sole purpose. Below are just a few wild animal sanctuaries that foster these unfortunate animals:

1. Bat World Sanctuary

Rescuing bats with their superb health rehabilitation treatments, Bat World Sanctuary takes pride in its efforts to save the much maligned bat. Founded in 1994, this sanctuary allows for their bats to be sponsored or adopted depending on their health condition. Through education of humane treatment towards bats, conservation of bat habitats, and protection of the species, Bat World Sanctuary aims to fully preserve the beauty of the bat.

2. Center for Great Apes

Orangutans and chimpanzees are often used for research, manipulated for entertainment, and kept as mere pets, but when they become unwanted, useless, where do they go? The Center for Great Apes takes in such animals, giving them peace. But, the Center cannot save them all. To help, do not purchase foods containing palm oil, as palm oil plantations destroy orangutan habitats, or donate to the sanctuary to directly assist their resident apes.

3. Born Free USA Sanctuary

Headquartered in Dilley, Texas, Born Free USA’s Primate Sanctuary allows for macaquesbaboons, and vervets to live a life free from danger and confinement. The primates choose their own companions and food, and they have full range of motion in the sanctuary’s vast natural enclosures. To ensure the privacy of their animals, the sanctuary does not allow public tours or visits, but welcomes donations and virtual “adoption” of their animals to support with upkeep costs.

4. Elephant Nature Park

Located in the Chiang Mai province of Northern Thailand, Elephant Nature Park has been rescuing distressed elephants all across Thailand since the 1990s. The park is nestled around 10 miles away from the urban hub and is home to dozens of these majestic creatures. Their mission is to provide a sanctuary for elephants, but also to restore the rainforest, preserve the cultural community in Chiang Mai, educate visitors, and act independently to secure the wellbeing of their elephants.

5. Save the Chimps

Established in 1997 in response to the United States Air Force’s withdrawal from the chimpanzee research business, Save the Chimps sanctuary serves as a haven for chimps that have been rescued from dire situations. The sanctuary provides an optimum environment for their animals, giving them privacy, safety, and nourishment of all kinds. Each chimpanzee has individual value at the sanctuary.

6. Chimp Sanctuary Northwest

Presently providing refuge to seven former biomedical research chimpanzees, Chimp Sanctuary Northwest gives direct, individualized assistance and care to their animals. These current resident chimpanzees are known collectively as the Cle Elum Seven. The sanctuary is composed of 26-acres of farmland in the Cascade Mountains which is about 90 miles east of Seattle. Though the sanctuary does not permit visitors, it greatly appreciates donations and sponsorship of their chimpanzees.

7. Wild Animal Sanctuary

Specializing in the care of wild, carnivorous animals, the Wild Animal Sanctuary can be found in the outskirts of Keenesburg, Colorado in 720 acres of rural grassland. Habitants of this sanctuary include more than 290 carnivores. The sanctuary is the largest and oldest wild animal sanctuary in the United States.

8. Big Cat Rescue

The Big Cat Rescue serves maltreated and forsaken big cats, giving over 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars, and other exotic felines a sanctuary and home to call their own. The Rescue aims to teach humane treatment of animals to the public, putting an end to abuse and further extinction. Founded on November 4, 1992, the Rescue is located in northern Tampa on 55 acres of land, and allows for tours of its facility.

9. Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary

Situated in Phelan, Calif., the Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary rejuvenates the health of the animals in its custody. The animals are put first and are allowed to live an unrestricted lifestyle, and are not forced into groups. Education of the public is also paramount to the sanctuary, and it allows for tours of its premises and outreaches to the public for support of their operations.

10. Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) collects brutalized animals of the exotic and performing animal trades, providing them with a place “free from fear.” The founders of PAWS Sanctuary, Pat Derby and Ed Stewart, maintain three sanctuaries in Northern Calif., all of which house exotic wildlife. The site of original PAWS Sanctuary is in Galt, Calif., the other two are in Herald and San Andreas.

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Not Andy
1 Years Ago

Bat World Sanctuary is an incredible organization, and anyone shocked at Andy's horrific and false statements against them should read this: http://batworld.org/our-cyber-stalker-mary-cummins/ The above link will counter everything "Andy" is saying. Those aware of Bat World's huge win against Cummins in their fight to counter her massive defamation smear campaign are well aware of who "Andy" is. Also, Chelle, you should be mature enough to know that a general thank you shout out is enough when a lot of these organizations just don't have the time or volunteer count to personally thank each person. It's a dirty job, Chelle, often incredibly thankless too. But you don't have to donate to them after all they did was give a general shout out with what little time and energy they had left over. The rest of us won't think you selfish. We just realize you have your own priorities that are more important than the cause.


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Paul Hyatt
1 Years Ago

Bat World Sanctuary took a $6M defamation judgment against a cyberstalker, Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates in LA who runs a suspended non profit in CA. CADFG reprimanded her for abusing a squirrel with no eyeballs and she was refused an educational permit. Bat World is considered the premier bat sanctuary throughout the world and they are in regular contact with their donors who go to the facility. Bat World is both GFAS and ASA approved. Animal Advocates does not have any of these highly sought after sanctuary approvals. TPWD sent Mary Cummins a cease and desist concerning Bat World. The woman is disturbed. Go to this link for the complete story from a premier animal rights attorney of 33 years who has never lost an animal case: http://www.randyturner.com/index.php/randys-cyber-stalker If you Google Mary Cummins you will see the cyberstalking references made by many. A terroristic police report is on file with the Mineral Wells Police Dept because of Mary Cummins dangerous stalking of Bat World.


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Duke D.
1 Years Ago

Bat World is a great organization. Bat World has taught me about bats an their importance in the nature of things. Their care for bats, education to us on bats, an their dedication is something to thank them for. THANK YOU BAT WORLD ! I found out about their great organization last year an have been following an supporting them since. Will send off a donation after I complete this posting :) .


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Annie
1 Years Ago

It amazes me that "Chelle" and "Andy" are posting thing that are not true. From my OWN personal experience, I ordered a t-shirt from Bat World and donated to them. Not only did I get a personal "thank you" in the mail from them, but I got yet another one via my own personal e-mail. My donation was not large, but Bat World apparently does appreciate anyone that donates any amount of money to their cause. The issues addressed by "Andy" (Bat World has a cyber stalker that has tried to destroy Bat World's credibility) are the EXACT same issues that the Bat World cyber stalker tried to prove and failed. How? Bat World took the cyber stalker to court and won over 6 million dollar defamation case against her. If you want facts, GO to the Bat World website and look on the link for the cyber stalker. On it are actual court documents that can prove and show Bat World is a legal, humane and wonderful organization for bats, and the cyber stalker was proven guilty of defamation. Ever since the win, the cyber stalker has attacked lawyers, judges, process servers and anyone else that has 'crossed' her. Consider that before believing the lies of a raving lunatic.


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Mia
1 Years Ago

Hmmm, Andy, I wonder how the the educational status of someone who runs a sanctuary is relevant at all to anything else you have said about Bat World. Perhaps you've had a bit too much Exposure to Mary Cummins and her "special" brand of stupid.


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Kellie
1 Years Ago

Great sanctuaries! Bat World and PAWS are two of the best places an animal could go!


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Amanda Lollar
1 Years Ago

Dear One Green Planet, Thank you so much for listing us here! We appreciate it very much. I absolutely hate to bring negativity to this page, but the person named "Andy" who posted false statements about us here is actually my cyber-stalker, whom I won a 6.1 Million dollar judgement against. Here is more information as posted on my attorney's page: http://www.randyturner.com/index.php/randys-cyber-stalker I would sincerely appreciate it if you could remove her comment as well as subsequent comments she will likely make. She is mentally troubled and continues to stalk me as well as my attorney, his family and even the judges involved in my case. Amanda Lollar


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anonymous
1 Years Ago

Unfortunately, Elephant Nature Park has dark secrets. There's a famous video circulating of a baby elephant being tortured as part of "breaking its spirit". The woman's voice in the video belongs to the founder of ENP. What she was saying is "beat him harder!" Secondly, multiple vets have expressed concern that despite ENP pulling in millions every year in donations, they've given their elephants barely any vet care - because they know a sickly limping elephant will tug more hearts and therefore more donations. Even one former mahout of ENP talked about this as well - the medical neglect.


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Chelle Cook
1 Years Ago

Many of these organization need to be watched themselves...and I am glad someone has spoken on the Bat group. It doesn't mean they are bad or the writer is wrong...but none of these groups are perfect and if no one bothers to speak out--than no one will know which groups are truly doing the right thing. I am a little concerned about groups that allow donations--but somehow cannot find their way to contact each donator and thank them personally..even if a simply e-mail..Yet they want more donations. Perhaps they are not deserving of more donations if they cannot find a way of thanking the human participants that help them keep their own doors open....or perhaps they have reached a point where they believe the right think is for every one just to give , give , give no matter what--sort of like Mother Theresa and the orphanages of India. When you can put together a multi acreage location --it doesn't sound like a poverty organization. It makes me wonder what the REAL situation is on the land they've put these animals on. Who really owns it. Whos really supporting it. And also in The United States--these things must be reported. Are they ? How are they being reported if you never make contact with the donars ? Just wondering..........


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Amanda Lollar
11 Nov 2013

Chelle, You are welcome to check us out at batworld.org. We are both GFAS and ASA accredited and verified. Unfortunately we have a cyber-stalker who posts lies about us at every turn. She posted as "Andy" on this page. We sure her and won a judgement against her for 6.1 Million: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022867278

Annie
11 Nov 2013

Well, "Chelle" you are wrong. I have donated to Bat World, and they thanked me TWICE personally, via regular mail and e-mail.

Marilyn McCall
12 Nov 2013

I give small amounts to several charities and have never expected anything from them in the way of a thank you, for Pete's sakes. I get a donation receipt and it is usually starts out as a thank you for your donation..... Cat House on the Kings for instance has about 1,000 animals to take care of. New and most times sick cats are just dumped almost daily. By no means do I consider the lack of a thank you bad. The e-mail response is fine and needed for taxes. I don't want someone getting paid with my donation only sitting chugging out "thank you's" all day long.

Andy
1 Years Ago

I don't think you should recommend Bat World. They lost their USDA license. They were reprimanded for violating their rehab permit with Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. TPWD told them they are not experts and are not allowed to handle bats with White Nose Syndrome. They were reprimanded by Texas Health Dept for poor practices. They admit they have too many bats per cubic foot of space. The main person has not gone past the eighth grade. People should instead donate to Bat Conservation International.


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Mecala
11 Nov 2013

NOT TRUE AT ALL Andy. Check your facts first. Bat World is an amazing sanctuary for bats. They are in the highest standing with all government agencies. THAT is the TRUTH!

Mary
11 Nov 2013

I think Bat World is doing a fantastic job. I don't know what the previous commentators are going on about. They are helping to spread awareness and education to the multitude of people who do not understand the importance of bats in our ecological circle

Truth
11 Nov 2013

I support Bat World an will continue to do so. What a great organization they are ! One person here is posting under a false name an posting lies. She stalks anyone that supports Bat World or works for them, or represents them in legal matters. I can't use real name because this person will also stalk me. Bat World taught me all I know about bats. I knew nothing about them an even didn't really like them because of my ignorance about them. I now know how important they are in nature an will support actions to help them. Bat World will be a group I will always support.

Annie
11 Nov 2013

So, getting your information from reliable sources huh? Explain then why Bat World won over a 6 million dollar defamation lawsuit against the very things you are accusing them of? Need to check your facts.

Anon
11 Nov 2013

It sounds like someone has been drinking Mary Cummins Kool-Aid... or is the notorious stalker herself using a fake name. There is not even an ounce of truth to those lies.

Marcel
12 Nov 2013

Mary you got spanked! Learn from this-we know who you are and your childish comments and responses are not hurting anyone but yourself.

Debra Moore
12 Nov 2013

Nope, no and nyet. You are wrong and should be ashamed for taking the time to detract instead of support. And how do YOU help animals in need? Charges much more serious have been leveled by a whack job and she is now a million dollar loser. So be careful who you mess with, these folks take their responsibilities very seriously.

Marie
12 Nov 2013

You really need to move on and get a life of your own. Bat World is a decent, reputable organization who works hard for their cause. You continue to insist upon harassing this organization and their supporters even though they've won an enormous lawsuit against you. Maybe you should learn a lesson from this and take up a different hobby...like knitting...



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