KEENESBURG, Colo., Dec. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In another record year of rescuing animals in need, Colorado’s Wild Animal Sanctuary rescued 25 wolves, 22 tigers, 10 lions and seven lion/tiger hybrids as part of 80+ animals that found new life at the large carnivore sanctuary.  Many of the animals came from some of the cub-petting industry’s worst offenders, who seem to be facing a growing backlash after their appearance on Netflix’s “Tiger King” docuseries earlier in the year.

Wildlife in Need, whose owner, Tim Stark, was featured in the docuseries had all of its animals confiscated in September due to dozens of animal welfare violations. The Wild Animal Sanctuary rescued 17 of the zoo’s big cats—a mixture of tigers, lions and hybrids and two grizzly bears, who exchanged their small, chain-link enclosures for the Sanctuary’s large-acreage, natural habitats.

Jeff Lowe, the former business partner of “Tiger King” Joe Exotic, also had to vacate the property that was at the center of the series.  As a result, 11 wolves, three tigers and two bears now live unprecedented lives of freedom at the Sanctuary’s 9,684-acre Refuge in southern Colorado.

To round out the more sizable rescues, 12 wolves that faced no other option but being euthanized were rescued from the defunct Wildlife Waystation of California that closed its doors in 2019.  Finally, bringing the number of rescued animals to over 80 for the year are a mixture of foxes, coyotes, and Dillan, an Asiatic black bear that became a cause celebre when his plight at a Pennsylvania sportsmen’s club caught the attention of actor Alec Baldwin.

About The Wild Animal Sanctuary
The Wild Animal Sanctuary is the largest nonprofit carnivore sanctuary in the world, with over 600 rescued animals including lions, tigers, bears, wolves, leopards and other large carnivores living in large-acreage natural habitats. Established in 1980, the Sanctuary operates three locations in both Colorado and Texas with more than 10,000 acres for abused, abandoned and confiscated carnivores and specializes in rehabilitating captive wildlife so they can be released into natural habitats where they can roam freely and live with others of their own kind.  More information is available at

SOURCE The Wild Animal Sanctuary

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