• The Wild Animal Sanctuary was founded in 1980 and is the oldest and largest sanctuary in the United States dedicated to saving endangered large carnivores.  The sanctuary is located on 320 acres of land 30 miles northeast of Denver, Colorado.  Currently the sanctuary shelters more than 200 animals.  It is estimated there are about 30,000 large exotic pets in the United States not living in sanctuaries.

    1. Why can't lions raised in captivity just be released into the wild?

      The lions were raised by people and haven't learned basic survival skills. Also, the lions' natural habitat is shrinking, making it hard for even wild lions to survive.

    2. How can Kobu be accepted into the lion pride at the sanctuary?

      Kobu needs to submit to the dominant male lion by putting his head down and not challenging him.

    3. What other types of animals are living in this sanctuary?

      The sanctuary is home to large carnivores like tigers, bears, and wolves.

    4. If you were in charge of moving a lion in captivity to another sanctuary, what precautions would you take to make sure the lion arrived safely?

      Here are some of the precautions the staff took when they moved Kobu: an overall health check-up; gave Kobu sedation-medicine to make him fall asleep; provided Kobu with lots of fluids; and placed Kobu in a special carrying crate made for animals of his size.

  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    endangered species Noun

    organism threatened with extinction.

    Encyclopedic Entry: endangered species
    exotic pet Noun

    rare or wild animal kept for human comfort.

    habitat Noun

    environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.

    Encyclopedic Entry: habitat
    lion Noun

    large cat native to sub-Saharan Africa and Gir Forest National Park, India.

    sanctuary Noun

    protected area where wildlife can live and breed without threat from hunting.

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