5 Of The Best Animal Sanctuaries In The US

Generally defined, an animal sanctuary is an establishment where animals are transported to where they are not only able to live, but also are protected for the remainder of their lives. Animal sanctuaries do not work to place animals under their care with either groups or individuals, as opposed to animal shelters. Instead, they take the time to care for the animals they take in until they pass away.

Animal sanctuaries exist solely to take in and care for animals that have been neglected, abandoned, or abused. Furthermore, they provide plenty of open space for the animals to enjoy on a daily basis, as well as provide visitors with all sorts of educational information about them as well.

Some of the animals that can commonly be found in animal sanctuaries include the following:

  • Elephants
  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Birds
  • Monkeys
  • Horses
  • Bears
  • Pigs

There are all sorts of amazing animal sanctuaries across the United States that you can visit and learn about the many different animals that they help. Even if you are planning a vacation that will be near a sanctuary, you could consider making a visit part of your vacation plans.

Here are five of the best animal sanctuaries in the United States.

1. Denali National Park

Located in the state of Alaska, you will be able to see all sorts of beautiful animals such as black bears, grizzly bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep, and wolves. Even better is that the habitat itself prohibits hunting. The park itself is enormous in size, and one of the most memorable sights has always been noted as being bears roaming around with their cubs. During your visit, you can always expect to take some great photos!

Parks Hwy, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK

2. Animal Place

Located in Grass Valley, California, this sanctuary will provide you with an entirely new view of livestock such as cows, chickens, and pigs. You can even choose to adopt a rescued hen. However, you should be prepared to go through a detailed screening process beforehand. There is also an adoption party for the rescued hens, in which visitors to the sanctuary can obtain a memorable souvenir if they attend. 

17314 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA 95949

3. Chimp Haven

Located in Keithville, Louisiana, this sanctuary is dedicated to caring for chimpanzees, mostly those that have been used for all sorts of research. The sanctuary itself is situated on 200 acres of forested land, with 50 staff members caring for 300 chimps. The chimps themselves also have plenty of room to play on many large structures, as well as climb trees and construct sleeping nests. Visits from the public can occur three times per year on Chimpanzee Discovery Days, with admission fees being $10 for adults, $5 for children aged 6-12, and free admission for children aged 5 and under. 

13600 Chimpanzee Place, Keithville, LA 71047

4. Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

Located in Hot Springs, South Dakota, this sanctuary was established by a rancher and naturalist from Oregon in order to help care for wild horses who have been deemed not adoptable so that they can experience true freedom. Visitors are welcome to the sanctuary anytime during the year to view the horses, as well as to take part in many different events. For instance, two-hour tours take place at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, and appointments may be made for photo tours and three-hour cross-country tours. You can also visit the sanctuary’s gift shop from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, as well as stay overnight either in a prairie house, rustic cabin, or a rented RV spot.

12165 Highland Rd, Hot Springs, SD 57747

5. Big Cat Rescue

Located in Tampa, Florida, this sanctuary is dedicated to caring for big cats, as well as ending the big cat trade itself. In operation since 1992, it is situated on a total of 67 acres in Citrus Park and houses over 70 big cats. Tours are offered every day at the sanctuary except on the following days: Thursdays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day

Additionally, it’s also worth noting that guided tours are the only way in which you will be able to visit the sanctuary. The cost for tours can range from $36 to $150 per adult, depending on which of the following type of tour you select: Basic, Feeding, Keeper, Photo

12802 Easy St, Tampa, FL 33625

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