The Wild Animal Sanctuary, a safe haven for more than 460 wild animals, recently purchased an additional 9,000-plus acres of land to help with overflow at its 789-acre facility.Guys, the Wild Animal Sanctuary is expanding -- and it's gonna be HUGE! The facility is home to more than 460 wild animals who have been rescued from awful captive situations and rehabilitated, including tigers, lions, wolves, bears and other large carnivores. And that number is only going to grow once the 9,004-acre ranch opens in southeastern Colorado. The organization's current facility is near Keenesburg, Colorado, so about a four-hour drive from where the new one will be located in Springfield. No major details about the new 9,000-plus ranch have been released just yet, but we expect to hear more soon. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="35434,35430,35429"] You can watch the Wild Animal Sanctuary's Facebook video announcement: https://www.facebook.com/TheWildAnimalSanctuary/videos/10156302398254485/
According to a statement released by the Wild Animal Sanctuary, there aren't any plans to close its Keenesburg facility, especially when it brings in more than 150,000 visitors a year. Plus, it's home to a 1.5-mile long elevated walkway, which just happens to hold the Guinness World Record for Longest Footbridge. Tigers, lions, and other big cats have become very popular in the exotic pet trade, and just in the United States, there are an estimated 5,000 to 7,000 tigers -- and less than 400 of them are in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="35433,35431"] If you're interested in helping the Wild Animal Sanctuary rescue and rehabilitate exotic animals, there are plenty ways to do so, including donating, adopting an animal, pledging your support, gifting, and volunteering. What do you think? Have you visited the Wild Animal Sanctuary before? If so, share your photos/videos with us!