|Trailridge Runners 4WD Club
Wild Animal Sanctuary Trip
|by Judy Turner|
Saturday April 27th dawned sunny and bright, something special this spring. Thirty nine Trailridge Runners and guests met at the McDonald's on I-25. We caravanned the thirty one miles to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keensburg Colorado.
The sanctuary sits on 720 acres of prairie and is home to fifteen species of animals including lions, tigers, leopards, mountain lions, and bears, plus one camel and a herd of alpaca. They all seemed very content if not lazy after their morning feeding.
Can you imagine preparing a meal for two hundred and ninety animals? Volunteers help three paid employees with this task three times a week.
The volunteers were very helpful with answering questions as we walked on the elevated walk way.
The sanctuary has under gone a lot of growth since our last visit. I think it has doubled in that time. One major improvement is the mile walk into the wild. From this elevated area you can look down in to the various animal habitats.
After several hours of observing the wild life it was time to fulfill our own need for food. Most met at the Pepper Pot in Hudson, just down the road from Keensburg. It was a good time to mix and meet new members.