The Netflix documentary Tiger King has been making headlines since its debut. If you're familiar with the show, you might be wondering, "Where are Tiger King's animals now?" The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado was one of the refuge's to take in Joe Exotic's big cats.

Narcity has confirmed with The Wild Animal Sanctuary's P.R. Director, Kent Drotar, that 39 tigers and three black bear cubs were rescued from Joe Exotic's G.W. Zoo.

Drotar also told us that the Colorado-based sanctuary received 19 tigers in November of 2017 and the other 20 along with three black bear cubs in early December of 2017. 

After their initial rehabilitation period, the animals were released into significant acreage habitats that range between 5-25 acres. The sanctuary consists of over 10,000 acres split between two different facilities: the 789-acre Keenesburg and the 9,864-acre Springfield site. 

With these expansive habitats that the refuge has provided, the big cats and black bears from the G.W. Zoo are "doing great" and living healthy, happy lives. 

Known as one of the most abundant carnivore sanctuaries in the world, The Wild Animal Sanctuary's mission is to "rescue animals from horrific captive situations and rehabilitate them so they can live and roam freely within large natural habitats with others of their own kind."

Currently, more than 520 tigers, lions, bears, and other wild animals call this haven home. 

It was established back in 1994 and had been rescuing wild creatures for almost 25 years. 

People can visit the Keenesburg site seven days a week and opt for tours to see and learn about the animals in their natural surroundings. The more significant Springfield refuge is not open to the public. 

Despite the Keenesburg sanctuary being closed temporarily due to COVID-19, their Instagram page is sharing photos of the day so that people can get a glimpse of wildlife from home. 

Despite the animals' previous living conditions, it's comforting to know that they are now thriving and living the remainder of their lives roaming free. 

The Wild Animal Sanctuary

Address: 2999 Co. Rd. 53, Keenesburg, CO


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