The Wild Animal Sanctuary has completed the purchase of a 9,004-acre ranch in southeastern Colorado near the community of Springfield. The Sanctuary had reached capacity at its 789-acre facility near Keenesburg.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary gives a home to 460 lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other rescued animals, but the need for additional space drove the organization to seek additional land to continue fulfilling its mission.

Consisting primarily of hills, canyons and rocky bluffs blanketed in various species of pine trees, as well as valleys and pastures flowing with native grasses, Sanctuary management says the property is well suited for hosting wildlife.

According to the press release, the Wild Animal Sanctuary says it has no plans to close its Keenesburg facility, since it continues to educate more than 150,000 visitors annually. The site also features a unique 1.5-mile long elevated walkway that holds the Guinness World Records award for Longest Footbridge.

This YouTube video gives us a glimpse of the new South Sanctuary:

Thanks to my lovely wife, Jenny, for taking these amazing photos at the Wild Animal Sanctuary:

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