Keepers of the Wild is a not-for-profit adventure in rescuing and rehabilitating wild animals. Many of their animals started as pets for chidlren (can you imagine a 5-year old rolling around on the floor with a 100-pound young tiger, just beginning to revert to his wild animal state?). There's a leopard that used to star in TV commercials. Monkeys who reverted to their nature and attacked their people. Coyote pets who, upon growing up, began nipping all the neighbor chidren.
The 175 acre sanctuary includes more than 20 tigers, a lion, wolves, leopards, two jaguars, coyotes, deer, an assortment of monkeys, ostriches, exotic birds, a tortoise, and a few livestock animals including a cow, duck, chicken, and a few pot-bellied pigs. Many started out living life in a miserable manner; all are now safe in as natural a habitat as the Keepers can provide. As new animals are offered to them, they will accept as many as they can find space for, and current plans call for expansion of the preserve. No animals will be accepted unless Jonathan Kraft and his crew can properly provide for them.
|Suzy greets Snickers, who greets everybody.|
|Sultan, the black-maned African Lion|
|Hercules, one of several Bengal Tigers.|
We have lots of tiger pictures because we walked around a little bit before the tour. Hercules walked the fence line with us, stopped when we did, moved on when we did. One of the staff told us he likes to walk with people!
Our tour, the 3:30pm tour, coincided with the main feeding time for most of the animals. In fact, the fellow doing the feeding went along with our busload, and we stopped to watch the action.
When it came time for the ostriches to be fed, we saw one big bird running along, flapping its useless-for-flying wings. It reminded us of Walt Disney's wonderful animated film "Fantasia."
|Don't recognize these guys? They are coatimundi!|
We learned about fads and fantasies, including those about white tigers (currently in vogue, but in danger because of inbreeding which leads to physical malformities.). We'd love to tell you more, but there's no room. For more infomration about Keepers of the Wild, try this website.
From us to you, we hope you've had a wonderful Easter, if you are a resurrection person. Our day has been a splendor in ... Our Life on Wheels!