Keepers of the Wild, a nonprofit sanctuary, sits on 175 acres held in Trust, giving nearly 200 exotic animals a permanent home with beautiful rock formations, and natural vegetation. Animals featured include lions, tigers, wolves, many species of birds, reptiles, deer, various goats, donkeys, alpaca, lama, raccoons, a grizzly bear and more, all of which have been rescued from abuse and neglect.
History: Founder Jonathan Kraft had long established himself as a producer, creator, and performer in Las Vegas when he acquired two tiger cubs for a production. His work with wild animals included movies, TV shows, commercials, documentaries, specials, and a variety of shoots and exhibits. He soon witnessed the neglect and abuse that many animal performers suffer behind the scenes and learned that once these magnificent creatures lose their value as a performer they are commonly disposed of.
Jonathan started rescuing animals and as this reputation spread, he started receiving calls from performers seeking to unload under-performing animals. Consumed with the full-time care needs of the animals, he put his production on hiatus and launched Predator’s Paradise, an educational wildlife theme park at the Aladdin Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. Predator’s Paradise was successful, however Jonathan realized that animals in entertainment do not have a quality of life, even under the best circumstances. So in 1995, Jonathan established Keepers of the Wild as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal sanctuary on a three-acre site in Las Vegas, NV.
Keepers of the Wild relocated from Las Vegas to a 32 acre site in Whithills, AZ along Hwy 93 about 26 miles south of Hoover Dam in 1999. In 2006, it was relocated to the present location on Historic Route 66 and sits on 175 acres held in trust, giving nearly 200 exotic animals a permanent home with beautiful rock formations, and natural vegetation.
Open Wednesday - Monday, 9:00am - 5:00pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Self-guided tours are $18 for adults, $15 seniors (65 & up) and $12 children 2 to 12, under 2 are free.
Guided Safari Tours (10 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm) are $10 additional per person.